#Providenciales, October 17, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Acting Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams and the Acting Commissioner of Police RodneyAdams met with the Managing Directors of the three leading financial institutions in the Turks and Caicos Islands: Scotiabank, First Caribbean International Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday October 16th, 2019 to discuss their security arrangements following criminal incidents of forced ATM use.
It was agreed that all financial institutions would conduct an enhanced security assessment of their establishments and that in the interim, all drive thru ATM’s will be closed from 7:00 p.m.to 8:00 a.m. in order to ensure the safety of their clients.
Commenting on this measure Acting Governor Anya Williams said: “As a part our efforts to work with all businesses, stakeholders and private citizens to address the recent incidents of crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands, we are pleased to have met with the banks on island to discuss their security arrangements and to develop a proposed course of action to deter these types of incidents going forward”.
President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Banking Association Larry Lawrence in support of the enhanced security measures commented, “The TCI Bankers Association is committed to working with stakeholders to enhance security at our ABMS. ”
Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner Rodney Adams said: “We are delighted to have met with the heads of the Financial Institutions yesterday and pleased that they have agreed to join in with our efforts to combat crime, through these ATM drive-through closures.
This definitely wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly, but a decision we felt we had to take for security reasons and in the interest of the safety of everyone. Members of the public are being asked to avoid ATM use during these closures and report unusual activity to 911. You can call a confidential line at 1-800-8477(TIPS)”.
All Drive through ATMS on Providenciales will be affected.
Release: TCI Police