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STRATEGY SESSION: Bank officials at a meeting convened by the Chennai police on security aspects on Friday.
STRATEGY SESSION: Bank officials at a meeting convened by the Chennai police on security aspects on Friday.

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: In an initiative to standardise security parameters in the city, Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran has asked all banks to install internal and external surveillance cameras on their premises. The 1,027 branches of nationalised and private sector banks and the 1,325 automatic teller machines (ATMs) will have cameras strategically positioned within a period of six months.

At a meeting of bankers convened on Friday, Mr. Rajendran called for enhanced security measures in and around bank premises. Besides access-control measures, banks should have systematic security mechanisms in place. “Not all the banks have a closed circuit television network... some ATMs lack cameras. We need to have CCTV covering the area close to the bank and ATMs.”

Citing an instance where an ATM itself was displaced and stolen in the city some months ago, he said banks could seek the assistance of the police in verifying the antecedents of private security guards. “When a new ATM is to be established, bank officials can consult the police with regard to the safety profile of the location.”

Mr. Rajendran said he would meet representatives of the IT corridor, commercial establishments, including shopping malls, residents’ welfare associations and students, to discuss security issues. “The response from the banking sector was encouraging. They used the occasion to share their best practices.”

Terror threat denied

Asked if there was any input from intelligence agencies on terrorist attacks in Tamil Nadu, he said no specific threat had been cited. “There have been inputs from the intelligence in the last two years… but nothing is specific. We have certain systems in place to ensure security.”

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