The police claim that robbers rarely target their victims in or near the bank premises since a majority of the banks in the city have security guards and CCTV cameras.
Explaining the modus operandi, an officer said on condition of anonymity: “Most banks these days are aware about the problem and have taken measures to counter such crimes. Hence in a majority of these cases, the accused just scouts for probable victims in the bank and then target them at some isolated spot.
“The accused especially lookout for people who come to the bank every day or follow a fixed schedule. This makes it easier for them to plan the time and place when the victim would be most vulnerable.”
Of the four cases that have taken place, only in the Lalbaug case did the accused dupe the victim in the bank premises. The Kalachowki police have been able to identify the accused with the help of the CCTV footage.