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NCJ Number: 120002 Find in a Library
Title: Keeping One Step Ahead (From Armed Robbery: Proceedings of a Seminar Held 22-24 March 1988, P 55-58, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-119997)
Author(s): B Weston
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This document explores the need for better security equipment and procedures to prevent armed robbery.
Abstract: Historically, alarm systems in financial institutions have consisted of vault and/or safe alarms with very few systems specifically designed to be used in the case of armed robbery. However, during the period of 1969 to 1975, thousands of financial institution branches received varying upgrades in their armed robbery security, most notably, the photo surveillance camera. Due to the inadequacy of equipment to discriminate between genuine and false signals, branch alarm systems then needed to be technically upgraded. Pop-up screens and bullet-resistant glass enabled staff and customers to do their business in a secure environment. These precautions together with stiffer penalties for armed robbery may help deter bank robbery.
Main Term(s): Bank robbery; Crime specific countermeasures
Index Term(s): Australia; Bank internal security; Crime in foreign countries
Note: For microfiche, see NCJ-119997.
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