SAN DIEGO - Star System Inc., by some measures the nation's largest regional network of automated teller machines, produced a new 30-second public service announcement advising cardholders to protect their personal identification numbers.

The television advertisement, sponsored by the National Association of Police Organizations, advises consumers to cover the electronic keypad with a hand while punching in secret codes.

The announcement will be distributed to public service directors at television stations throughout the western United States.

Star System, which said it is committed to fighting ATM crime, now has produced three public service announcements on ATM safety.

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