Police suggest to banks ways to keep ATM thieves at bay
Posted by: nt December 8, 2017 in Goa News
In view of the recurring incidents of thefts at ATM centres, the Goa police have suggested to banks to carry out analyses on the ATMs which are generally not used by the people during nighttime. The police have advised the banks to shutter the ATMs late in night which are not used by the public during nighttime.
The suggestions came forth at a meeting the Goa police held with bank representatives at the police headquarters in the city on Thursday.
The police have also asked the banks to adopt other security measures such as switchover to e-surveillance, installation of sensors, fire sensors and deployment of security personnel at the ATM booths.
“In view of the thefts at ATM centres we have suggested certain security measures and have asked them (bank representatives) to take up the matter with their higherups to ensure that appropriate security measures are undertaken,” inspector-general of police Jaspal Singh said.
Around 30 representatives from various banks attended the meeting that was chaired by Singh.
Other senior police officers also attended the meeting.
Police sources said the banks have been asked to carry out analyses on the ATMs which are generally not used by the public during nighttime. Such ATMs can be shuttered for the night and opened next day early morning.
The sources said that some ATMs, especially those located at isolated places, hold huge cash. Depending on the use of the ATM, banks can reduce or load fewer cash in the ATMs.
A few days back in a midnight heist, thieves struck two ATMs in Dhargal in Pernem taluka making away with Rs 32 lakh cash. The two ATMs, hardly a km away from each other (located along the national highway), are of two nationalised banks and were force opened using gas cutter. There was no security guard at the two ATMs at the time.
Last month, the Panaji police arrested two persons for attempting to steal cash from the ATM of Axis Bank near the KTC bus stand in the city.
The accused were attempting to break open the machine using a hammer and other implements. Although the ATM booth was not manned by a security guard, an alert was received by bank officials
after the burglars tried to break open the machine.
The police said the ATM has a security system in place wherein if anyone tries to tamper with the machine bank officials receive an alert.
Hence after they received the alert, the bank officials consequently contacted the Panaji police who within minutes reached the site and nabbed the burglars.
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