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Bank customers urged to be cautious while carrying cash

Staff Reporter / 8 February 2013

The Abu Dhabi Police have warned bank customers against robbers who lie in wait for them as they come out of banks and make off with their cash.

In what it termed as ‘swift thefts’, the Abu Dhabi law-enforcement authority has underlined its tireless effort to stamp out the menace and nip it in the bud.

Khaleej TimesThe police recently launched a second media campaign to protect bank customers, and make customers aware of the safety techniques and attitudes which should be followed when withdrawing and carrying funds, and the means of safe-guarding them.

Lt-Col Dr Rashid Mohammad bu Rasheed, Head of the Organised Crime Section at Abu Dhabi Police cautioned bank customers. “They are watching, deceiving you and will rob you swiftly, therefore be careful, attentive and hurry up on reporting at the police operations room, which will be on the look-out for them.”

“The CID operates cops in plain clothes to seize suspects who linger around bank customers, and whose involvement in crime is ascertained,” he said, noting that, police patrols keep a watchful eye on suspects in different parts of Abu Dhabi.”

He, however called on bank customers to protect their money by taking precautionary measures.  He also advised customers not to leave their money in the car and not to hesitate to call the operations room on the number 999, regarding any person or motor vehicle that rises his or her suspicion. He said that elderly people should not withdraw huge amounts of money when they are alone.

Colonel bu Rasheed regretted that some people do not listen to the awareness messages.

He spoke at length and cited examples of common modes of thefts. He said sometimes an accomplice diverts the attention of the bank customer by saying that he has a flat tyre. As the customer leaves the bag in the car to check out the tyre, the thief decamps with the money.

He cautioned that thieves use various tactics to steal and urged customers to be discerning.

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