A security analyst at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) says it is time for banks to start interrogating their staff over robberies involving them.
Prof Kwesi Aning believes methodical checks ought to be done on both corporate and personal electronic devices used by the workers there to assess information that might have aided such crimes if any.
The KAIPTC Director of Academic Affairs and Research Faculty believes the police and the banks must adopt rigorous security measures to determine the culpability of bank workers in robbery incidents on persons who may have conducted business at their facilities.
There have been reports of at least four broad daylight robberies in parts of the capital this week. In one instance, the robbers opened fire, leaving a bystander with gunshot wounds.
The robbers in all the incidents made away with huge sums of money.
The brazen nature and style of operation have become a cause for concern for eyewitnesses.
Commenting on the development on Newsfile on Saturday, Prof Aning said, “This lady who withdrew money from the bank, how did criminals know that he had money on her? Are we picking up people within that particular bank, checking their laptops and phone records, or if there is a compromise of such sensitive information to the client.”
He added, “Some really critical questions need to be asked to assure us or those who use the banking facilities that the backgrounds of bank staff are checked, secured, and they are routinely also checked again because [this kind of crimes] raises serious fundamental questions because of the gang-style manner in which this operation was carried.”
The Police Service has announced that it is putting in place urgent additional security measures in the Greater Accra Region as part of efforts to combat a seeming surge in robbery cases.
On his part, the Acting Director-General of the Service’s Public Affairs Directorate, ACP Kwasi Ofori, said they have made an arrest with regards to one of the robberies.
He said they are closing in on the culprits.
ACP Kwasi Ofori said they have increased visibility in all regions assuring that “the police has a grand strategy in place to fight crime.”