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Odisha Crime Branch mulls immediate action to curb bank robberies

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Bhubaneswar: In a bid to curb bank robberies, the Crime Branch on Friday issued a set of guidelines for police to strengthen security of financial institutions.

In a letter to superintendent of police (SPs) and deputy superintendent of police (DSPs) of all districts, the CB asked officials to review the security systems of banks of their respective districts once every three months.

“The officials, through the letters, were instructed as to how investigations of various crimes involving banks should be carried out,” said ADG (Crime) Santosh Kumar Upadhyay.
“The bank authorities have been asked to connect the alarms installed in banks with inverters or UPSs (uninterruptible power source).

Robbers often cut the electricity connections to prevent the alarm from ringing while carrying out loots. Hence, the inverters or UPS will help ring the alarm during a power cut. Besides, bank authorities have been asked to create awareness among customers to curb frequent ATM frauds,” Upadhyay said.

Banks authorities should caution customers about not sharing their one time password (OTP) with anyone. In addition, the banks should create awareness among customers as to how to protect their OTPs. As cyber criminals often withdraw cash from bank accounts of customers by fraudulently obtaining OTPs, such frauds are categorised as voice calling (VC) fraud,” Upadhyay added.

Moreover, bank authorities should keep a watch on suspicious transactions. They should put up notice boards in respective branches. Besides, the authorities should install metal detectors at the entrances of banks, the guidelines say.

Upadhyay said bank authorities have been asked to regularly check whether CCTV cameras installed in their branches are working properly. Besides, officers in the cash counter and the security in-charge should use spy or body cameras. These would help capture loot activities in case robbers damage CCTV cameras.

Notably, the guidelines were issued in the wake of two major bank robberies that took place recently. While robbers looted Rs 24 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 60 lakh from the Angul branch of Andhra Bank, Rs 80,000 and 250 packets of gold were looted from Ranpur Andhra Bank branch.

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