PNG BANKS IMPLEMENT NEW SECURITY MEASURES

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)---All banks in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, have adopted stringent new security measures following the attempted helicopter robbery of the PNG Banking Corporation two weeks ago.

The measures include requiring customers to line up outside the banks before they are let in one or two at a time.

The Managing Director of the ANZ Bank, Frank Gamble, has confirmed the tighter security, saying all area banks reached the decision after the attempted robbery during which the helicopter crashed and five people were shot dead by police.

Mr. Gamble, who is also the Chairman of the Commercial Bankers Association, said the decision was made in the interest of their customers.

They have reacted favorably to the new measures, he added.

He said the security measures will continue until the law and order situation in the capital is under control.

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