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Banks have till December 31 to ensure security in ATM kiosks

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If banks do not comply, these kiosks will be closed down: SP

SP Amit Singh speaks at a meeting of bankers and police officials about ATM safety. ASP Santosh Babu is present.
SP Amit Singh speaks at a meeting of bankers and police officials about ATM safety. ASP Santosh Babu is present.

The Gulbarga police have set a deadline of December 31 for banks in the district to step up security measures in ATM kiosks and on bank premises. ATM kiosks that do not have properly trained security personnel by then would be closed down, Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said at a meeting of bankers and police officials here on Wednesday.

Home Minister K.J. George had issued an order to close down ATM kiosks that did not comply with these guidelines. This would be strictly implemented in Gulbarga and other towns, he said.

According to Mr. Singh, of the 127 ATMs in the district, 90 were in Gulbarga city. The first requirement was that each ATM kiosk be provided with security guards, round the clock, he said.

He said that installing high-resolution Closed Circuit TV cameras in ATM kiosks and bank premises and training bank staff and security personnel were among the measures to be taken by banks. They should train personnel in identifying suspicious persons and reporting them to the police, he said.

Banks should ensure that the interiors of ATM kiosks were visible from outside.

All efforts should be made to ensure that only one person entered the ATM at a time. Bank premises should be secured and banks should have advanced alarm systems and emergency calling facilities, he added.

Assistant SP Santosh Babu and Deputy SPs Savishankar Naik and Uday Kamar Bevingidad, other officials and bank managers were present.

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