It is cliché to say crime doesn’t pay and there is no shortcut to success. In this case, it is tragically true. A man, who wanted fast cash, tried to rob an automated teller machine (ATM) in Kuching yesterday but he hit the wrong target.
The problem was that he couldn’t tell an ATM from a cheque-deposit machine. Using a screwdriver, the man pried a machine open at a bank at Batu 7, Kota Sentosa, in Kuching. Instead of hitting the mother lode, he got cheques which were worthless to him.
An alarm was triggered and a bank control centre based in Kuala Lumpur spotted the incident on CCTV. It shut off all the machines at the kiosk after informing the authorities in Kota Sentosa.
A suspect was caught in the act around 4.20am and was said to high on Nospan, cough pill which is available illegally although it is a prescription drug.
It may seem insensitive to laugh at him for being unable to telling a cheque-deposit machine from a cash-dispensing one, but it would really help if he could read.
On a serious note, there are two overwhelming problems with people who are drawn into a life of crime. Most petty criminals are functionally illiterate and are addicted to drugs.
Due to the rising number of robbery cases involving customers using the ATM and CDM, or robbers using explosives to break open or to pull out the machines, the government is calling for banks to step up security.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he would ask Bank Negara to instruct all banks which have ATM and cash deposit machines (CDM) nationwide to provide 24-hour security guard service at the premises.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online