No CCTVs in banks give criminals an advantage
NAVI MUMBAI: Even as the city police requested bank officials to install CCTV cameras on their premises several months ago, only few of them have implemented that so far.
Taking advanta g e of absence of such cameras at banks, criminals have now started cheating customers of their money and other valuables.
One such incident took place at Panvel on Thursday.
Sonia Nishikant Shelke, 24, went to a nationalised bank to deposit Rs35,000 in her account around 1pm.
As she was counting the money near the bank an unidentified person approached her and told her there were two fake currency notes in her bundle. He then volunteered to check her notes.
“The victim took him for a genuine person and gave him the bundle. The culprit somehow took Rs 33,500 from it and returned only Rs1,500 to her. It was only after he left the spot, the woman realised what had happened and came to us,” said a police officer from Panvel city police station.
“We have registered a case under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code against the unidentified culprit. However, there were no CCTV camera installed anywhere in the bank and hence we have not been able to trace him so far,” he said.
Despite repeated attempts the manager of the bank was unavailable for comments.