The ACS this week claimed that the payment facility could be behind a rise in violent crime.
At its Retail Crime Forum, one ACS delegate reported a 93% decrease in credit card losses but a 60% increase in armed robberies and a 70% increase in theft with violence.
Meanwhile, hardware providers claim that the success of the technology in cutting fraud has meant that criminals are turning to the internet as they do not need to provide a PIN to make an online payment.
Shoppers will have to key in PIN numbers from February 14.
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