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After the attack on a woman bank manager inside an unguarded ATM kiosk in Bangalore, the Delhi Police has issued an advisory to all banks across the capital, directing them to strengthen security measures at their ATM premises.
Police said they had charted out the advisory in the wake of cash van robberies from ATM premises, but a few points were added after the attack in Bangalore was reported.
The advisory orders the installation of CCTV cameras within banks and cash vans for ATMs in a way that they are hidden from plain view. The CCTV cameras on the ATM premises should be installed in a way that the horizontal view of the face of the person coming to the ATM is clearly captured.
Apart from deploying guards outside each ATM booth and installing GPS devices in boxes used for transporting the cash, the banks have also been asked to verify the identities of their employees, including guards and drivers of cash vans, police sources said.
“Proper police verification of character and antecedents of employees’ remittances accompanied by prescribed number of guards should be done to ensure that payment of huge amount is made within secured premises,” the advisory said.
Keeping in mind the incident reported from Bangalore, police have asked the banks to ensure that the shutters of the ATM booths are locked in such a way that no one except authorised staff should can bring them down.
“The CCTV footage of the Bangalore incident shows the accused coming inside the ATM booth and pulling down the shutter. The shutter should be locked in a way that no one is able to pull it down except the authorised staff or the guards at the booth. This would prevent the premises from being used by people to carry out robberies,” an officer said.
Rajan Bhagat, PRO, Delhi Police, confirmed that the advisory has been issued to all the banks across the capital and the issue of security of ATMs and cash vans had been taken up with the Chief Security Manager of the RBI, he said