County recommends new techniques to help stop bank robberies
There is a new move to fight the recent rash of bank robberies in Westchester County. The new head of the county police department says he wants all banks and local police to work together to help stop such crimes before they happen.There have been 15 bank robberies in Westchester so far this year, including those perpetrated by Pamela Kaichen, also known as "The Blonde Bandit." Kaichen went on a two-day spree earlier this year, robbing six banks in Westchester and Connecticut.Westchester Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Belfiore says the county is recommending certain steps to help deter robbers, most of which would be simple to initiate and not very costly. The county suggests that banks provide direct dial access to local police, and that they train employees to trigger alarms and security cameras before suspects have time to leave. The county says the steps would help employees be better trained to react properly and calmly during a robbery, and would not contribute to more aggressive or dangerous behavior.Other suggestions include assigning greeters at bank entrances, posting signs about constant camera surveillance, and making sure cameras are maintained on a regular basis.