Move to address rampant cases of ATM break-ins

Move to address rampant cases of ATM break-ins

JOHOR BARU: A special task force headed by the state deputy police chief has been formed to investigate loopholes in banks' safety measures which are being taken advantage of by robbers.

Johor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said a meeting, chaired by his deputy, Deputy Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim, would be held soon between the police and bank authorities to address the rampant cases of ATM break-ins in Johor.

"We need to find out the weaknesses of the safety measures at banks and how to improve them," he said yesterday when commenting on the recent cases where ATMs were being dragged out of banks by robbers in four-wheel drives.

The most recent one was on Saturday where a group of robbers left an ATM by the roadside after it was yanked out of a bank in Taman Tasek here by four robbers in ski masks.

In an earlier case, five men used ropes to drag an ATM out of a bank in Jalan Rosmerah, Taman Johor Jaya on Sept 15 before leaving the machine behind and fleeing.

SDCP Mohd Mokhtar was speaking to reporters in Hospital Sultan Ismail after visiting a motorcycle patrolling unit personnel member who was involved in an accident while pursuing two suspects who later tested positive for drugs.

The incident happened when the policeman attempted to stop a car in Taman Johor Jaya for a routine check at around 12.30pm on Saturday.

He said the driver of the car refused to stop and tried to speed off, prompting a car chase on the Pasir Gudang Highway.

"In the process, L/Kpl Mohd Redzuan Mustafar, 32, was knocked down during the chase. He suffered injuries on his legs and arms," he said.

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