Precautionary security measures for preventing bank Locker robberies
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The recent robberies of Robberies in PSBs lockers etc (by making tunnel) breaking windows etc of the banks happen when the banks are closed for two days or more. The recent one in Navi Mumbai, throws light on the lack of security in banks.
More over the contents of the lockers have no insurance cover and the customers loss is very heavy as many keep their valuables in the lockers in the belief that they are safe.
In banks there has been a system of posting night watchmen in the premises during night time on all days of the week including holidays and some special allowance was given to the concerned staff (generally from subordinate cadre)Geneally two staff are given the job who would sleep in the branch premises during night times with all facilities of communications etc.
But now a days the above system has disappeared and the banks are prone to robbery during nights and especially during long holidays and week ends.
It is high time that the Ministry of Finance gives directives to all banks to post night watchemen in all branches . This job creation can be on full time basis also by employing ex army personnel etc.
This will prevent such robberies and build the confidence of the public.
The expenses involved for a bank is negligible considering the customer satisfaction and security.
Added to the above an automatic alarm system controlled by digital codes can also be installed where in even if a rat gets in to the bank the system gets triggered and the information is sent to the security agency/police station etc.
Already many customers are losing faith in the bank locker facility where banks get term deposits also. in addition to hire charges.
Will necessary wisdom prevail on the concerned?
(retired bank officer)
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