By Aimee Chanthadavong

Woolworths has terminated cash out transactions at its BWS stores base on a spike in numbers of armed robberies.

“Our primary consideration is the safety of our people and our customers, and advice from security experts tells us that a reduction in the cash holding in our registers is one of the best ways to deter armed robberies,” the Woolworths spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also said while this may cause inconvenience for customers, most BWS stores are located in areas where alternative cash withdrawal arrangements are available.

“We regret that this change may cause some inconvenience to some of our customers, but we need to place the safety of our people and our customers above all other considerations.”

Almost six million eftpos transactions are made each day, comprising of $40 million in cash out.