Do you feel safe when you're inside the bank?

Philippines
September 16, 2007 12:45pm CST
With money, comes greed. And when there's a bank, there's a big possibility that there may be a bank robber slowly planning away to make his grand entrance. Years ago, there was a bank robbery.This bank was situated outside the mall. And when there's a mall, there sure are lots of people around. So, one may think that when there are people milling about, that bank is sure not that prone to bank robberies. But!It was sure robbed, in the middle of the day. With lots of people around. And the bank robbers were pretty desperate, I think, to risk doing that. And those robbers were armed with lethal guns. Unfortunately, they chose to use it. By choosing to do so, the life of a young woman was cut off short that day. She was a bank teller. So, I ask this question. As I ask myself , sometimes, when I have to go to my bank. Do I feel confident that my chosen bank won't be that vulnerable to robbery attacks? I do hope so but I'm not so sure. I just hope everytime that I need to go to the bank ,that I can finish my business there without any incident. The bank is inside the mall, but we may never know what might happen next.
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17 responses
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
16 Sep 07
I think her banks are pretty safe they go after the 7-11 stores and the casino.
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• Philippines
17 Sep 07
Hi Lakota. I've thought of posting this discussion because there was a certain year here in our country, where bank robberies were so rampant. It even came to a point that there will 3 cases of bank robberies in one day, perpetrated by one gang. You're absolutely right about the 7-11 stores, though. They are more at risk and totally vulnerable to robbers. Their security is not that enough to protect their merchandise and most importantly, their employees.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
18 Sep 07
So true and the ones here stay open 24 hours a day
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
There were 7-11 store chains here that were robbed. And it happened usually during after midnight. Thankfully, no one got hurt. Well, except for the owner's pocket! He surely lost a lot of money.
• Malaysia
16 Sep 07
That is why I ALWAYS used to go to my bank as an 'earliest bird'. Normally robbing time does not occur at this time. Robbers strategically take their time at peak hour(noon). And just matter-of-fact I rarely use bank's counter service now, as mostly banking transactions done online. Paying utility bills, monthly repayment for my credit cards, et cetera. For my cash withdrawal I only manage to use ATM kiosk facilities. That is the only way I handle my risks management on this matter. And actually no other ways than that such effective and safe operative method for user banking transactions. Are you satisfied NOW, with my explanation, JCJ?
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• United States
17 Sep 07
It seems I am lucky in the country that don't need to worry about bank robbers more as there are lots of bodyguards there. Earning money is alreay too difficult, if get your own money out of the bank is so dangerous, nothing can be worse than that.
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• Philippines
17 Sep 07
Hi michael. That's a good idea. Being the first client to be served. You have a good point though as to what time the robbers plan of going with their plan. Now, the ATM facilities are another matter.
• Philippines
18 Sep 07
Hi there stay. It's good to know that there are places that we can still feel safe. So far, here in our country, bank robberies are not that so rampany anymore unlike the previous years where a gang of robbers will hit 2 to 3 banks in a day!
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
17 Sep 07
I think that I feel safe when I am at a bank because we have a guard working for each bank. I have never felt unsafe about drawing money from a bank. The only situation I don't feel safe is when I draw money from ATM machine--Automatic Teller Machine in the evening when the banks are closed. So I avoid going to ATM for drawing money in the evening to make sure I am safe. It is always better to be cautious.
• Philippines
18 Sep 07
I don't withdraw money from atm too when I know that place is too risky. I usually use the atm when I'm inside the mall. I always believe and trust that there's safety in numbers.
• Canada
16 Sep 07
I always feel safe when I'm in the bank, to be honest. It's just when I use the machines, I might feel a bit paranoid - not that there's much to steal. Of course, the cameras do add to the security, and the attendants/clerks are usually a couple of steps away, so there's no problems there. And in the busier areas with banks, such as ones downtown or located in the mall, I feel extra-safe because of the heavy traffic and business of the whole atmosphere. I dunno, perhaps it's just the placebo effeect?
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• Philippines
17 Sep 07
Hello herbicious. I feel the same way, too when it comes to ATM facilities. I choose carefully if that location is not that dangerous.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
16 Sep 07
I feel perfectly at ease when I go to the bank. The possibility of a bank robbery is very rare. I usually do most of my banking on base, which is behind secured gates. The likelihood of a robbery happening there is even more rare. I've never been afraid of going inside a bank.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
Hi! I sure wish we have the same kind of security you have there. I do want to think that most bank securities here are 100% reliable. But there are some who are not that very strict when implementing security check-ups.
• United States
16 Sep 07
I usually don't feel too weird about going to a bank. I usually feel pretty safe. We've only had a few problems at our local banks and that was several years ago. The security has been beefed up a bit more since then. So, I don't feel too bad about it.
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• Philippines
17 Sep 07
It's great that your security system have been strengthened. So far, here in our country, news of bank robberies are not that very rampant any longer unlike in the previous years.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
16 Sep 07
I have never once been inside a bank and felt nervous. My mom worked in the bank system for YEARS when I was growing up. Banks have so much security these days with cameras and stuff that robberies in banks are a very rare occurance, at least in my parts. Plus, they're typically only open in the day and many of them located in public shopping centers making them less of a target. Plus, I just never feel the need to live in fear...because how is that living?
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• Philippines
17 Sep 07
Hi again! Yes,you have a point. If we always live in fear, what kind of life will we have. Thankfully, with my local bank, of which I've been a client for almost 5 years, there was never a single incident of robbery since they opened their branch inside the mall.
@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Every time I go into a bank I'm thinking about what would happen if it got robbed while I'm there! Sad state of affairs isn't it? I always make sure to keep my eyes open for anything that might not "look right" to me.
• Philippines
17 Sep 07
So far, my bank hasn't been robbed yet... while I'm inside. But there are times, that I'm on extra alert especially when my son is with me. I do try to avoid getting inside when I've seen that there's a long, waiting line. Better be sure than sorry, if bad things do happen.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
17 Sep 07
I do feel safe if I go to a bank and don't really think about robbery.,or something other might happen.probably becuase in Slovakia it is not that usuall.But we never know what can happen, but anyway I better don't think about it.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
Hi laurika. It does help to just ignore that rising little fear that we start to feel, when we have to go inside a bank. Because thinking too much about it can really affect whatever we do.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Thank you for best response.
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• Philippines
27 Sep 07
your welcome.^_^
• United States
17 Sep 07
I don't always feel safe when I'm in the bank. I try to go through the drive through most of the time. I feel safer there because I could just drive away and roll my window up faster than I could try to run away from a robber. I always have my son with me too so it's just easier to go through the drive through. But anytime I have to go into the bank I get a little nervous and start doing the what if's in my mind.
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• Philippines
22 Sep 07
hello sweetgirl. I'll do the same thing, too if I know how to drive a car! i still have to see a drive-through atm here in our country. Most of them are either inside the bank or just outside. You still have to come out of the car to make some transactions.
@anonymili (3138)
17 Sep 07
I guess we can live in fear of what might happen wherever we are. We could be in a regular shop buying clothes and it could be robbed or buying a newspaper and the newsagents could be robbed. We could be on the train and it could get blown up by terrorists, we could be walking in the street and a car bomb could go off or we could get mugged at knifepoint. All of these things can and do happen around the world, no place is 100% safe from any of these awful things. Yet we still manage to go about our daily lives every day. If we let fear of bad things happening to us take over our lives then the thugs, robbers, terrorists, criminals will have won. We must try not to let the fear of bad things take over. I do most of my banking online as it's the easiest thing for me. I hear people saying they don't trust online banking, fair enough - I've done it for 3 or 4 years now with no problems. I can't be bothered to go to my bank, not because I'm scared of being robbed but because I can't be bothered to waste my lunch hour in a queue for something that I can do just as easily online and in a fraction of the time.
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• Philippines
21 Sep 07
hi anonymili. You're right. No matter how careful we try to be, these things can happen, anytime and anywhere. It's part of living. That's one thing that I don't like when it comes to banks. A long, waiting line and just one teller who attends to the clients. Well, it will definitely take years for those people to be served. I was thinking of trying online banking, but like most people, I have my doubts. As my brother-in-law have repeatedly told me, it's not safe to put my personal info and any kind of information that connects to my money over the Net. He said it's just too risky.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
17 Sep 07
Hi there. I do feel safe when Im inside our local banks, not for the fact that there is good security, but because I dont think of the "what if's", and if I did, I would drive myself nuts... I simply go in to bank money and out again... Anyway I live in a small rural beach town, where everyone knows everyone else...
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
That's the good thing about a close-knit community. The crime rate is almost non-existent. You're right though. Just don't think about it and you can go about your business with the bank without breaking a sweat.^_^
@ash6666 (819)
• India
17 Sep 07
Now a dyas everying is modern and modified.The security system also doesnt need many men to safe gaurd .Its controllled by cameras and alarams .Previously there used to be no observation of who comes and goes.But now a days everything is recorded inside a bank and so there isno need for fear of safe in a bank.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
Hi. I agree with you on everything modernized especially when it comes to the security systems. But then, the robbers have gone hi-tech, too with all their equipments.
@daring (235)
• India
17 Sep 07
yes i feel safe because in my bank there are well security setup and people out here are rare in pick pokketing except in other jungle areas
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
that's good to know, daring. At least you don't have to be worried or feel the need to rush things up when you're inside the bank. Because the possibility of having a robbery is very remote.
@eprado (1473)
• Philippines
17 Sep 07
Hello jcj_111776, I do feel safe whenever I am inside the bank. Especially the bank that I often go to, I feel safe and secured. Most of the people that worked there I already know and at times would stay to chat with them after I am done with my transactions. I don't usually have negative thoughts whenever I am in a bank. I just always keep myself aware of everything thats happening around me wherever I am to be safe. :-)
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
That's good thinking. Better prepared than never. Well, sometimes when I'm inside the bank, I can't help but think what I would do IF there were robbers. But then, if that does come to reality, it's basically a helpless situation. Because it's a win-lose situation. Win for the robbers and lose for everyone unlucky to be inside that bank.
@carissa765 (1098)
• United States
16 Sep 07
I feel you and like a few of these people, I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way. I get really nervous when I go into the bank, and I usually try to use the driveup as much as poissible, if I have to go in I try to go as early as possible. I do not like the bank, and I try to use my atm card as much as I can because it has that credit logo on it and it is very useful.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 07
it's just a normal feeling that we get when we have to go to the bank. Sometimes, negative thoughts crosses our mind unexpectedly. Like you, I much prefer to use the atm nowadays. And as much as possible, I only make withdrawals through atm inside the mall. Safety in numbers.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
23 Sep 07
Sure glad no one got uhrt thats the best robberys if they have to have one.
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