Bhubaneswar: Bankers in Odisha complained about police inaction even as the number of ATM loots and bank burglaries are going up in recent times.

“Of late, there is a spurt in breaking of ATMs and branches are finding it difficult to lodge cases with police authorities”,  said the Bankers at the 151 st State Level Bankers’ Committee(SLBC), here on Thursday. They pointed out that the the disposal of insurance claims and closure of fraud cases are being affected as police investigation and its final disposal are taking considerable time.

The Bankers also complained that they are finding difficulty in getting police escorts for movement of cash remittances. The local police is not responding to bank alarms, they said. Police are not responding in time to e-surveillance alerts on braking attempts on ATMs needs to be coordinated for swift response.

Stating that some branches are vulnerable to robbery because of its location in high risk centre, the Bankers sought necessary permission to relocate these branches in safer places where adequate security cover is available.

There are a total of 5108 bank branches and 6693 ATMs in the state.