Banks’ com­pli­ance level to po­lice guide­lines

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LAHORE

THE pub­lic and pri­vate banks have failed to com­ply with se­cu­rity in­struc­tion given by the po­lice depart­ment to tackle bank rob­beries in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal de­spite the fact that these fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions have been told how they can avoid rob­beries by tak­ing var­i­ous se­cu­rity mea­sures.

Shariq Ka­mal, SSP In­ter­nal Ac­count­abil­ity Division (IAD) talk­ing to Daily The Pak Banker said, “po­lice had told banks high ups to ap­point young and trained se­cu­rity guards who do know weapon han­dling, ex­am­ine their weapons pe­ri­od­i­cally, in­crease guards strength at each branch to three, in­stall van­tage points out­side the banks, don’t let the guards stand inside the branch, en­sure guards were not us­ing 12 Bore gun but 222 Bore ri­fle but sadly banks were not pay­ing at­ten­tion to these in­struc­tions of the po­lice depart­ment,” Ka­mal said.

“In­stead the banks are ap­point­ing old and un­trained guards who even don’t know how to op­er­ate weapons and ig­nor­ing weapons scru­tiny. Their guards are ha­bit­ual of stand­ing aim­lessly inside the bank branches to avoid weather im­pact, hold­ing pump ac­tions in­stead of sin­gle short gun or 222 bore ri­fle,” he said.

He said that the banks have been hir­ing se­cu­rity com­pa­nies ser­vices to se­cure their banks; how­ever, it is im­pos­si­ble for the com­pa­nies to pro­vide fool­proof se­cu­rity to the banks as they were just mint­ing money by hir­ing lay­men as se­cu­rity guards on very nom­i­nal wages.

He said, “The bank man­agers had, time and again, been ad­vised to in­form these com­pa­nies man­age­ment to write let­ters to them for pro­fes­sional se­cu­rity guards. The po­lice spokesman said that all the com­pa­nies claimed that they have been ap­point­ing re­tired army-men but in­ves­ti­ga­tions had made it clear that most of the com­pa­nies were hir­ing the peo­ple who even did not know to op­er­ate weapons.

He dis­closed that the bank se­cu­rity guards had been strictly for­bid­den to re­tal­i­ate dur­ing rob­bery at­tempts and this is ev­i­dent from the var­i­ous bank rob­beries footage that showed se­cu­rity guards sur­ren­der­ing their weapons with­out re­sis­tance.

To a ques­tion as to as how the banks could be forced to com­ply with the po­lice depart­ment’s secu- rity guide­lines, the SSP In­ter­nal Ac­count­abil­ity Division said that the po­lice should be al­lowed to di­rectly reg­is­ter FIR against the in­dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude of the banks.

He said, “Cur­rently the in­te­rior min­istry is be­ing con­tacted to

seal a se­cu­rity com­pany if it is pro­vid­ing poor qual­ity of se­cu­rity and the min­istry hardly al­lows the po­lice

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