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.”