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Instal alarms, deploy guards, Twin City police tells bankers

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, Feb 18:

Twin City police commissioner Dr. RP Sharma on Tuesday advised bankers to install alarm bells and deploy more security personnel at bank branches and ATM counters to check the increasing incidents of bank and ATM loot cases in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The commissioner’s advice came during an interaction with bankers on security for banks and unguarded ATMs. More than one hundred bankers participated in the interaction and offered suggestions on measures needed to beef security at banks and unguarded ATM counters.

If banks and ATMs were found without security personnel, action will be taken against the bank authorities, Dr Sharma warned.

The commissioner also urged the bankers to upgrade their Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to ensure better footage which would greatly help investigation into bank loot cases. “We are also thinking of connecting the bank and ATM CCTV cameras to the main control room of the Commissionerate police,” he added.

A proposal to constitute a special committee to make the bank security foolproof was also discussed at the meeting.

On their part, the bankers rued the unavailability of trained professional security guards in the Twin City. They complained about the mushrooming of security agencies without license and training in the Twin City.

“The bank has to inform the police at least a day or two before major money transaction is going to take place and only then we would be able to arrange security. Other than that, we have already done meetings with the security agencies and many of them have applied for license and receiving trainings,” Sharma said.

Among the major bank loot cases in the Twin City in 2013-14 are the Rs 17 lakh loot from an accountant of a private hospital at Damana Square here, Rs 60 lakh loot from a nationalized bank near Biribadi under Tangi police limits in Khurda and the loot of Rs 4.7 lakh in cash from a city-based trader near the State Bank of India (SBI) branch at IDCO Tower on December 30.