Banning the usage of mobile phones inside banks is useless

Philippines
October 24, 2012 8:52pm CST
I was standing on a long queue yesterday inside the bank when the furniture store called me up to confirm the delivery date of the pieces of furniture I ordered online.The security guard approached me to put down my mobile phone. To shun away from bank robbery is the main reason of banks for banning the usage inside its premises.I don't think this will totally halt the robbers from doing bank robbery.
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@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
You are thinking that way coz you are using your mobile phone in good faith. But those bad robbers may really used the phone in monitoring the people inside or it can also be used as a part of a time bomb that can be left inside the bank.
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• Philippines
25 Oct 12
hehehehe. Then the banks should have a bomb-sniffing dog.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Hahaha! I think that those dogs should be really on every door of a bank.
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
They should teach the dog to bite person who is carrying a time bomb lols.
• India
25 Oct 12
Cell phone is one of the great scientific invention. It is having its own pros and cons. It is really hard to imagine our modern life without cell phone, but too much of cell phone usage is not good. Some persons are very much addicted with this modern device and interested in using it all the times. We all know we must switch off our cell phone in some places like temples, banks and other important places which ban the cell phone access. But still some persons are using cell phone in such kind of places and creating public nuisance due to their activities. Some people talk in cell phones with their loud voices which is great nuisance for other people whoever in the surroundings. Mostly banks ban cell phones due to robbery. But all the persons who are going to the banks involved in such kind of things. Most of us going to bank for important money transactions. Securities in some banks check whether the phone is in switch off stage in the entrance and allow the customers after switching off the mobile. Since it is mandatory in some banks and we are not allowed to communicate to any one while we are in side the bank. Robbers have some other ways as well as find different way for their robbery. This kind of banning may stop robbery a certain level, but it don't stop it fully. Temple, church and mosque is the place for worship. We must surely off our cell phones while we are in temple. Our cell phone will divert our concentration and we don't have the ability to have peace of mind if we put it in on stage as well as getting calls while we are in the temple. We must follow the rules and regulations and switch off our mobile phones are avoid keeping our mobile phone with us, if the cell phone is banned in the place. We don't loose any thing by leaving our cell phone for some time. We must have peace of mind if we don't have our cell in our hands.
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• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Hello Vidhya! You are right,we must abide by the rules in places we go to. However,the security guard asked to put down my phone but he didn't ask the other clients to turn off their phones,too. You think it is fair?
• India
26 Oct 12
No, i don't think his activity is a right thing. Did you asked the reason for this partiality? Rules are common to every one, not only for you
@youless (84815)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Oct 12
It doesn't make a sense to ban the customers to use the mobile phones inside the bank. This is a bad rule for the customers. Especially when you wait for the long queue, at least you can play with your mobile phone to kill the time. The bank should take better methods to avoid the bank robbery. Such as it can hire more security guard and the webcam. I don't like being treated like a criminal because they don't let me use my mobile phone
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@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
25 Oct 12
How about reading a book?
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
That one is not prohibited. I am sure clients will get angry if they also ban doing that.
• United States
25 Oct 12
It's a public place, I don't see why you can't be on your cell phone. If the bank has a security guard then that should be enough. They shouldn't make people get off the phone like that. Maybe they also do that because people could set off bombs by using a cell phone? I'm not totally sure. But it seems kind of silly to set off a bomb in the place where you're standing. I don't think I quite understand how not allowing cell phones would deter bank robbers...
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• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Indeed, courtknee. What the banks must do is give intensive training to their security guards to develop essential skills to counter attack robbers.
@mikyung (2235)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Criminals will always think of other ways to communicate or aseemble a bank robbery with or without those cellular phones. I know those guards are just doing their job here. Nevertheless, authorities should streghten their campaign against those perpetrators as we remain vigilant as always. Thanks
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@stanley777 (7173)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
For some they may think it's useless but ill minded people are technology savvy today. They can use the cell phone to signal their cohorts outside if they want to. And besides, I think this is an SOP to most banks prohibiting the use of cell phones while inside the bank. Anyway, you can go out side if it's really an emergency call.
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@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
25 Oct 12
I don`t understand so much about what cells phones do in certain places (I know they make people close a lot of electronic devices in planes when they go up or land). But I thiink that if the Bank says that the use of cell phones is banned, you must abide the law or stop using that Bank. WE are not always sure that laws are the best, but if they are there we must play by the rules.
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@ardoy0731 (6866)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Yeah quite useless since people still use their phones inside especially when they are waiting for quite long.Some robbers are hard to identified too.If the phone is banned inside,robbers will still find ways to plan the robbery.
@Raine38 (8909)
• United States
25 Oct 12
I agree. And I noticed that if a preferred client was using a cellphone, he doesn't get reprimanded. But if it's just one of the common folks, they are being asked to stop it even if it's just to answer a text message.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
25 Oct 12
If it is rule then it has to be implemented. But in India it is not implemented. You are talking about which country?
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
It is being implemented in my country,Philippines.
@vu2dsp (3)
• Chennai, India
24 Aug 13
As a banker myself, I keep a watch on the guys who are sitting in the customer lobby. If I see anyone sitting for more than 5 mins without any purpose I ask him why he is sitting inside. • Usually the guy answers I am your customer having more than 6 accounts in different branches and I am sitting inside the bank during customer hours only. You cannot stop me sitting inside • I am waiting for someone to come. He is bringing the cheque book, passbook etc. I ask the account numbers , name etc and ask them to go. If they go its fine. When they refuse to go away I call 100, it’s the Police Helpline in India. Within 5 to 10 mins police come and the guys gets panicky and flees away. I show the picture of the guy to the police guys. Sometimes they take the video in a DVD as it will help them to find whether they have commited robbery elsewhere as the account number , name etc helps us to trace his mobile number, address , pictures and the police easily locate them and arrest them if they are wanted elsewhere for some heist. I have called the police 6 times during my tenure in the branch in Kilpauk. Now no stranger dares to enter my branch when I am there
@vu2dsp (3)
• Chennai, India
24 Aug 13
I am a banker myself in India. It is the practice in India to discourage use of mobiles inside the premises for the following reasons • Usually the culprit comes with an accomplice and sits along with the customers pretending to help them filling forms cheques etc. When he notices someone drawing huge money and he appears to be a elderly person, women without assistance, or a rustic he informs his accomplice waiting outside. • The guy who is waiting along with a group distracts the person throwing few currency notes on the road and reminds the person that he has dropped few currencies. Before this guy can get into his car , his attention is drawn elsewhere and the money bag is snatched • One real incident was in kilpauk Chennai , a customer of IDBI bank drew Rs 25 lacs cash and kept inside his car, he was reminded of something and he went inside the bank. The glass of the car was broken and Rs 25 lacs looted in 2013. • A guy drew Rs 2.50 lacs from corporation bank in the same area, as there was no parking on the side of his bank, he had parked his car on the opposite side, when he crossed the road, went near his car, before he could open the door, he was called to see the few hundreds he has dropped while taking his car key. He turned aside and his bag was snatched. 2012 • A doctor who is 70+ who drivers her own car was robbed of Rs 86,000.00 2009 When the police arrive, they go to all the banks in the area and take the images recored, and they show how the culprit was inside so many banks and how he has committed the fraud during bankers meeting. Police themselves advice us , to be careful when people are using the mobiles as we are not aware whether he is the banks customer or attender to some customer or a stranger If someone protects your money from being robbed, has he committed any offence ??? Its your mobile you can talk anywhere and in privacy. Your comments will encourage the robbers to commit fraud as no one can stop them then.
• United States
25 Oct 12
I hope that is not the case with my bank. but,I really would not care either way just like the airports what ever they need to do to protect my life. I am willing to do. I still hope that does not come to my town.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
I think the reason why they ban the use of cellphones in banks is security for their clients. However, inside job could happen. Evil bank personnel could be guilty of tipping robbers about clients having huge cash withdrawals.
@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
I don't know also their main reason about it and it gives the client inconvient in many ways specially if the person is a cellphone Dependent. I normally put details on my notepad through my cellphone like the acct. Number and the amount that I will input in the receipt the guard only look at me and if someone called me I just go out of the bank.
@shaggin (23793)
• United States
25 Oct 12
I dont understand what good this would really do either. They dont even have security guards at any bank I have ever been to. I guess things are stricter where you are. Try not to let it offend you that you had to put your cell phone away its just their policy.
@mariaperalta (19097)
• Mexico
25 Oct 12
Many businesses are doing this here in mx. They say its because robbers have been inside and calling to tell others to come in and rob the place. So, in a way I understand this. it might not be what we want. But if it saves someones life, it works for me.
@jaiho2009 (39084)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
I understand about it but we must obey rules. It is not all about bank robbers or what else- but it is bank rules.
@romzee (938)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Maybe banning the use of mobile phones is useless, but for what it worth it is implemented on all banks in the country and whether we like it or not we are oblige to follow them. Cheers and happy mylotting!
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Yeah.. I hate it too! It happened to me a lot of times that I need to use my phone or make an important calls while I was on the bank especially if they keep me waited for a long time. I don't like that rule!
• United States
25 Oct 12
That's stupid for multiple reasons... 1). It's a public place.... You should be able to use your phone. 2). People can just plan on a piece of paper...You don't need technology to plan a robbery. That's all I can think of.