Ambala-Panchkula commissioner of police OP Singh held a meeting with representatives of different banks and directed them to provide cash van services to traders and has set a deadline of 15 days for introducing the service.
Over 100 representatives of the banks took part in the interaction that was organised to sensitise them in the wake of Rs 9.8 lakh robbery case.
63-year-old Raj Kumar, a resident of Sector 17 and owner of a petrol pump in Sector 20, was robbed on March 30. He also sustained a bullet injury on his right hand.
During the interaction, Singh said: "At a conservative estimate, the city road has some `10 crore cash in transit. The carriers are regular guys, extremely vulnerable to inter-state cash snatchers. A peninsular place surrounded by three different police, the escape is easy. Most of them strike one time, leaving no footprint, making detection extremely difficult."
He added, "A way to deal with the problem is to offer customers a cash van service for collecting cash from `2 lakh onwards from the doorstep."
A group namely bank-cop was created on Whats App for improving police-bankers coordination for more effective ATM, bank and cash-in-transit security.
The top cop invited bankers to take part in the Panchkula for Youth Marathon being organised by the local police.The marathon will be held on April 18 and the registration for the event can be done at www.panchkulamarathon.com or sms pkl to 58558 or through the Panchkula Marathon application for android mobile phones, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
The event will be held in 11, 5 and 3km categories. The starting and finishing point for all three categories will be a city centre ground near Shalimar Mall, Sector 5.