It seems there has been an unusually high number of bank robberies recently. It also seems most banks are relying too heavily on camera surveillance and are not being proactive enough in providing other security and preventive measures to ensure the safety of employees and customers.

With so many alternative means available to conduct banking transactions, bank lobby activity should be fairly limited. Between online and drive-up services, as well as ATMs, very few transactions should require people to actually visit the lobby.

Placing security personnel in lobbies, requiring ID for entrance and erecting protective barriers between tellers and customers are just a few suggested security measures. I am sure local law enforcement agencies could also make additional valuable suggestions of how to increase security.

Sharon Cook

Cashew Street

Charleston