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Erika Lathon's Story of Survival: PART 2 - Erika Kurre

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Nashville, TN - As our own Erika Lathon continues to recover from an ATM robbery last December that nearly took her life, Fox 17 is showing you ways to keep this from happening to you.

Police and security consultants say there ARE ways to prevent being a victim.

From changing your habits and even changes banks are making, Fox 17's Erika Lathon is sharing her story of survival, hoping to keep the most terrifying moment of her life from happening to you.

Erika Lathon demonstrates exactly how a typical evening for her turned into one of the worst moments of her life.

Security consultant Richard Novia has worked for 30-years giving advice on crime prevention and personal safety.

He sees why this ATM proved to be so dangerous.

Novia says banks and ATM designers are simplifying these type structures.

But that's not all that poses a threat.

The ATM Lathon was shot at is far away from the bank building and a car sits vacant, about 80-feet away where a criminal could hide.

Lathon learned first-hand that seconds count.

She hardly had time to react to the armed robber's demands.

Detective Zachariah Bevis, who has been working this case, says there are simple things you can do to make yourself safer.

Make sure you're there in the daylight or in a well-lighted area.   

Lathon says she'll never again go against her gut nor will she use another ATM.

Novia says if you DO use an ATM, make sure you're prepared.

Have your card ready and your pin number memorized.

The quicker your time there, the smaller your risk.

Lathon's shooter is still on the loose.

Call Crimestoppers or Metro Police with tips and a possible 11-thousand dollar reward.