Banks yet to instal burglar alarms at ATMs

Banks yet to instal burglar alarms at ATMs

The brutal attack on Corporation Bank employee Jyothi Uday, at an unguarded ATM kiosk of the bank near Town Hall, November last year, had sparked off outrage with police directing banks to ensure foolproof security at all ATM kiosks in the City.

However, even after repeated extension of deadlines given to banks by the police and couple of fresh attempts to loot ATMs, most of the banks are yet to put in place some of the mandatory security measures at ATM kiosks as instructed by the police.  The ATM kiosk that was attacked in Tavarekere in the wee hours of Saturday also did not have a burglar alarm as recommended by the police.

City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar held a meeting with the bankers on January 19 in which the bankers expressed their difficulties about installing burglar alarms and the second CCTV at ATM kiosks at a short notice.

Police sources say that presently most of the banks have equipped their ATM kiosks with two surveillance cameras. Security guards have been deployed at all kiosks in the City. However, not many banks have installed burglar alarms.

The banks, police say, have expressed that there was a shortage of burglar alarms in the market and some infrastructure to be put in place by the banks to monitor these burglar alarms from the nearest branch.  A bank official said unless  round the clock monitoring system is developed by the banks, there was no point in putting up a burglar alarm. Banks need more time to develop and put in such a system in place.

Jyothi returns to work

Meanwhile, the ATM attack victim Jyothi Uday returned to work on Friday at the Corporation Bank’s Mission Road branch, nearly three months after she was attacked.  
However, the City police have failed to even establish the identity of the man who attacked Jyothi Uday, leave alone nabbing him.

A senior official involved in the investigation into the case said they carried out a massive serach operation in the Ananthpur district and surrounding areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, as the initial trail led them to the area.

However, the search went dry and Andhra Pradesh Police who were also on the manhunt have found nothing on him so far. He said the man was not on any police records and might be a vagabond and hence they weren’t able to establish his identity.

Also, the police are yet to trace the three masked men who barged into a Vijaya Bank ATM kiosk at Vidyanagara in Chikkajala police station limits recently and tried to loot cash from the ATM.

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