Local Banks are Boosting Security - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/27/04

Local Banks are Boosting Security

Bank employees across town aren't just sitting back, waiting to get hit again, instead they've boosted security in a number of ways. Many bank branches have hired security guards, both off duty officers and security services to monitor their sites, but that's just the beginning. Now LPD investigators are going bank to bank, giving seminars on proper security procedures.

"We're going in and speaking about security for that particular branch. We'll go through and give a brief security demonstration, look for things that we find that are favorable and things that they might address to help enhance their security. We're speaking with the employees to make them a better witness for us," says Sergeant Tony Gribben, a Detective with the Lubbock Police Department.

Sergeant Gribben says most banks already have procedures and security in place, but due to the recent events, they are giving a refresher course. "Normally in a typical year in Lubbock we may have one or two in Lubbock and even that's too many as far as I'm concerned. What we want to do is get with the employees, enhance their knowledge, help them be a better witness in the unlikely event that they are victimized."

Sgt. Gribben says their goal is to enhance awareness and security at financial institutions across town, he want's all bank employees on their toes.

If you have any information on any of the recent bank robberies you are encouraged to call crime line at (806) 741-1000. There are rewards for information that leads to an arrest.

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