Delhi Police carried out a detailed security audit of major financial institutions, including banks and ATM centres here, and suggested a slew of measures to further strengthen their safety.

The massive exercise was carried out recently at all 11 police districts spread across the national capital, officials said.

Delhi Police officials also met Reserve Bank of India officials here to discuss ways to further strengthen security in and around banks, ATM centres and other financial offices.

Officials said they had advised banks to ensure proper background check of staff involved in cash transportation and security of their buildings.

“From time to time, we advise financial institutions handling cash including its transportation to take adequate measures according to RBI guidelines. Our officials regularly monitor field staff and point out deficiency, if any,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.

He said the authorities concerned had also been informed about necessary safety measures in their premises to keep untoward incidents at bay.

The move assumes significance in the wake of a daring daylight robbery late last year here in which armed men had waylaid a cash transportation van carrying Rs 5 crore belonging to a private bank in the Defence Colony locality here.

Officials have specifically asked banks and other financial institutions in major business centres including Nehru Place and Connaught Place to have round-the-clock CCTV camera surveillance in and around their premises.

“The security audits will be carried out regularly to check on any loopholes and point out deficiencies,” a senior police official said.

(This article was published on February 14, 2013)
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