Top cop urges bank of­fi­cials to step up se­cu­rity mea­sures

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­

KHARGHAR: In the wake of the re­cent bank rob­beries and ATM thefts in the node, Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Ashok Sharma met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 22 banks at Yuva cen­tre in Kharghar, on Fri­day.

The of­fi­cials urged the rep­re­sen­ta­tives and man­agers of the banks and gold loan com­pa­nies to in­stall all req­ui­site se­cu­rity mea­sures, so that they could pre­vent such in­ci­dents. Also present was Sheshrao Surya­van­shi, as­sis­tant po­lice com­mis­sioner of Pan­vel.

A few months ago, rob­bers had looted cash from a van car­ry­ing money to re­fill an ATM ma­chine near Bank of In­dia. The em­ploy­ees who were es­cort­ing the van had no ri­fles were un­armed, and could not de­fend them­selves.

In another such in­ci­dent, Man­nipu­ram Bank was also looted. In this case, too, there were no se­cu­rity guards present.

Tak­ing into ac­count the se­cu­rity lapses by bank of­fi­cials, the po­lice called upon the man­agers to de­ploy se­cu­rity staff on their premises, as well as with cash vans, to avoid such rob­beries.

Surya­van­shi also asked the man­agers to main­tain a visi­tors’ book, con­cer­tise walls of strong rooms up to 12 inches and in­stall CCTVs on their premises.

Also present at the meeti ng were other po­lice of f i - cials San­jay Jad­hav, Sham­rao Khar­vas and con­sta­ble Arun Tho­rat.

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