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Going to the bank? Beware, someone may be watching you

Imagine this: you are in a bank to withdraw money, completely unaware of the eyes that have been following you. As you step out, loaded with cash, a bike zooms past you; someone snatches your bag and flees even before you can shout for help.

mumbai Updated: Jun 06, 2011 02:00 IST
Mohamed Thaver

Imagine this: you are in a bank to withdraw money, completely unaware of the eyes that have been following you. As you step out, loaded with cash, a bike zooms past you; someone snatches your bag and flees even before you can shout for help.

After four incidents were reported in the past two weeks, the city police are trying to take measures to counter such crimes.

In all four cases, the victims were either going to banks to withdraw or deposit huge amounts of money, the police said.

The latest robbery took place near a bank at Lalbaug on June 4. The accused made away with a bag containing Rs1.8 lakh belonging to a bank customer by convincing the latter that his employer sent him.

Although the police are yet to crack any of the cases, they suspect that the accused were keeping an eye on the victims before targeting them.

“We suspect that the accused loiter in and around the bank premises to keep a check on probable victims,” said H Pimple, senior inspector, Kandivli police station. “Hence, we will be deploying a team of police officers to banks to look out for suspicious elements during busy hours.”

According to Pimple, anyone suspicious would be questioned. “If the person does not give a convincing reply, he will be questioned further. For example, if a person says that he deposited money in the bank, we will confirm it with the bank authorities. We will ensure that it does not inconvenience any customers.”

In addition to this, several police stations in the northern suburbs, where three robberies have taken place in less than a fortnight, have already written to banks to ensure that they have CCTV cameras installed in their premises.

Meanwhile, the police said it was also necessary for banks authorities and its customers to be more careful. “The customers should ensure that they carry the money in a proper bag and have a firm grip on it,” said an officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “For instance, in an incident that took place at Borivli on May 31, the victim was carrying Rs4.76 lakh in a plastic bag.”

He added, “Those who need to go to the bank need to be alert and keep an eye to check if anyone has been following them. Also, if one needs to go frequently, don’t follow the same routine every time as it makes them more vulnerable and easy targets for the miscreants.”