Staff Reporter

Only a third of the facilities have cameras installed, says Police Commissioner

CHENNAI: Going by suggestions from the police, banks in the city have responded positively to improve the security mechanism for their Automated Teller Machines (ATM). The police, on their part, will step up security measures.

Following the murder of a security guard posted at an ATM kiosk in Ezhilagam office complex on Kamarajar Salai on Saturday, the Commissioner of Police G. Nanchil Kumaran called for a meeting with bank officials on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Commissioner said that of the 1,300 ATMs within the city police limits, only 30 per cent had cameras installed. He said the banks expressed willingness to improve the security systems at the facilities.

The Commissioner said he had asked the banks to examine the possibility of setting up cameras at ATMs and adopt centralised system of monitoring movement of people.

Similarly, the access control system would also prevent unauthorised persons from entering the ATMs, he pointed out.

Some of the bankers told The Hindu they had requested the police to provide training to the security guards at the ATMs.

A senior executive of a foreign bank said frequent police visits to ATMs located in high security areas and in isolated places during odd hours would make a difference.

Though the banks had installed cameras in their newly opened ATMs as per an RBI directive, many existing ATMs were yet to be equipped with such gadgets, they admitted.

The positive response from the banks is expected to discourage offenders and ensure greater protection to law abiding citizens, the Commissioner summed up.

A press release listed out points to be followed by the banks, police and public which included posting of security guards round-the-clock at the ATMs, and to permit only one card holder at a time inside the ATMs.

For the police, it had stated that they should monitor ATMs during peak days, particularly, when public lined up to withdraw salary.

The card holders should not divulge their PIN numbers through e-mail or by other means, the press release pointed out.

Additional Commissioner of Police S.R. Jangid, Joint Commissioners M. Ravi, G. Dorairaj, Sandeep Rai Rathore and P. Balasubramanian, Deputy Commissioners K. Dharmarajan and Murugan and officers from the Central Crime Branch participated in the meeting.