CCTVs, alarms must for financial institutions in Ludhiana

Commissioner of Police (CP) Rakesh Agrawal has made installation of CCTV cameras and alarms mandatory for gold loan companies and financial institutions in Ludhiana. Besides, spa and massage parlours have also been made accountable with certain directions issued to them for regulating their operations.

He also asked them to instal burglary alarms in branches linked to head offices where in-call message can be immediately dispatched to the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate control room and text messages can be automatically sent to the SHO, ACP, ADCP, JCP and CP concerned in case of any emergency for immediate necessary counteraction.

The alarm must be connected to a BSNL landline phone with an auto-dialler in the branch, he directed, while stating that as soon as the alarm goes off, a teleprompter should automatically inform the police control room regarding the suspicious activity in the branch in a pre-recorded message.

It was further instructed that the system must be able to give out loud alarms via a hooter, which should be audible to neighbouring areas up to 100 meters and operate automatically in case of forceful opening or any damage to vault/ strongroom/ currency chest.

He said the security staff must be deployed through police verification and they must not be utilised for any other duty. Besides, the management must ensure that the main entrance was provided with shutter gates/ collapsible gate/ steel barricades with chain and locking arrangements.