ATM Security by Bajanreporter

March 5, 2009

I found this article to be both true and enlightening. I have often complained to friends who accompany me to the ATM about the fact that at any moment, a robbery could take place because the doors don’t work properly! Story below or Click Here.

Carifs (Unified banking network to allow smoother debit-card transactions here) is now working better, but there are still glitches… Some can be overlooked, others are more serious.

For instance on the lighter side, I believe the Public Workers Credit Union, while a Carifs member, nevertheless needs to have ATM’s at Sheraton and in Speightstown – so does BWU’s Credit Union (They have no debit-card and so are not Carifs ready anyhow)! Meanwhile, over at First Caribbean you cannot access your balance if it is not your primary source of financial activity. Yet at BNB-Barbados and Royal Bank of Canada/RBC you can access everything including your credit card account!

Another thing – If you shop at Big B, use a First C’bean card if you got, since if you whip out your RBTT card to pay, then the point-of-sale transmitter at the cash register does not recognise this bank – one night I had to leave the groceries and go to Hastings Plaza, get the cash, then return and pay! Next time I used FCIB and no problem…

What is of more concern to this News-Blog are the supposedly secure magnetic locks at the top of ATM booth-doors, I am not going to say which branches specifically for safety but any bankers reading this? You need to redress your branches right away!

For the most part BNB and RBC remain safe, so far I am yet to encounter any loose yet allegedly locked doors with their branches, but with RBTT there are some branches they need to conduct some repairs ASAP – some are more deserted than others, for instance? I will not use that ATM on Harbour Road at night – PERIOD! It is wide open, no booth nor doors – although some branches have okay ATM’s, they need more secure ATM’s all across Barbados!!

However, First Caribbean needs to do some remedial work at quite a few places, the sooner the better!


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