Thursday, 11 October 2012

Awang Adek: ATM robbery situation under control

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 10, 2012): A total of 17 automated teller machine (ATM) robberies were reported by banking institutions this year until September compared with only five last year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin who said there are more than 11,000 ATMs nationwide, said the situation was still under control.

"Despite the hike in cases, the situation is still under control following security features applied to ATMs by banks," he said in reply to a supplementary question from Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang).

Fong had enquired about the new security features used by banks in Malaysia to curb ATM robberies.

Awang Adek said that among the security features implemented was the installation of fire alarms at ATM premises to deter robbers using oxy-acetylene cutters.

He said local banking institutions had to meet the minimum international standards to ensure that ATM machines could not be prised open.

"Banks must also fix the machines to the ground, thus making it difficult to remove," he said.

"Furthermore, security guards and mobile patrol units also monitor high-risk areas where ATMs are located outside the premises, he said.

Source : TheSun


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