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Thursday, 13 August 2020

74 bank branches, ATMs in Kaithal lack security guards

Tribune News Service
Karnal, August 12

In spite of several directions by the police officials, several bank branches in Kaithal district have failed to deploy security guards on the premises. This has been revealed in a security audit of 126 bank branches and automated teller machine (ATM) kiosks.

The results are surprising: 74 bank branches and ATMs do not have security guards, and 31 are without sensor alarms. Apart from this, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in 13 branches and ATMs are out of order.

The audit was based on 12 security parameters.

As per the police, there are 201 bank branches and 135 ATM kiosks in the Kaithal district.

"The security audit has revealed several lapses at banks and ATM kiosks. We will write to bank officials to take measures," Superintendent of Police (SP) Shashank Kumar Sawan said.

He said he had earlier held a meeting with bank officials and told them to comply with security measures, but they failed to do so. "By not adhering to security guidelines, banks become easy target of robbers," the Superintendent of Police said.

In the past seven months, seven ATM loots have been reported. In a couple of cases, the police faced a challenge in tracing the accused because guards were deployed at the kiosks.

from The Tribune

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