The City of Chicago has passed an ordinance that mandates minimum security standards for automated teller machine sites within city limits.

The ordinance was adopted last week by unanimous vote in the City Council and, as expected, is much less severe than measures taken by some other cities and states.

Taking effect July 1, 1995, the law establishes minimum lighting standards for ATMs that are either exposed to the street or enclosed in a structure whose only purpose is to house the ATM.

The law also requires that financial institutions provide ATM safety information to their cardholders and track the incidence of crime at their machines.

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