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March 8, 2021

Police presents strategy on fighting bank robberies

The General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR) has presented yesterday the strategy on preventing and fighting robberies that target the units that handle, transport and store monetary values, bearing in mind that 81 ATMs have been broken since 2008 throughout the country and two armed robberies have taken place in Cluj-Napoca and Constanta this year. The perpetrators of those armed robberies are yet to be identified. According to police officer Bujor Florescu, the head of the Criminal Investigations Office, the essential goal of the strategy that will be applied from 2009 to 2010 is to improve the degree of protection of bank units, currency exchange centers and pawnshops. Likewise, advanced video surveillance systems capable of recording images of a quality that would allow the identification of persons both inside and outside the bank units will be installed, as well as alarm systems connected to the security companies.

The IGPR official pointed out that the first measures that are part of this strategy and that will be taken in the next six months center on notifying the heads of the banking institutions about the security deficiencies that the police officers discovered. ‘We have asked the bank managers for a better selection of the security personnel, a rethinking of their positioning in view of being more visible both inside and outside the objective, as well as a rethinking of the positioning of the bank cashiers, in line with the security systems in the Western members of the EU,’ Florescu explained.

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