The Jamaica Manufacturers Exporters Association (JMEA) says the recent thefts of Automated Banking Machines (ABM) and break-ins which have hit several retail outlets island-wide has created some level of uneasiness for the business sector.
JMEA Head John Mahfood was responding to recent reports of break-ins at several business establishments which also saw the recent brazen theft of ABM machines on at least three occasions.
According to Mr. Mahfood what could lead to a seeming trend in the ABM thefts is bound to create a nightmare for retailers.
Meanwhile the JMEA President says these thefts have come at a time when banks are pushing customers to increase their use of ABMs.
Mr. Mahfood says the situation is further complicated by the fact that the police cannot provide the necessary monitoring of the ABM network due to other policing duties.
The JMEA President has recommended that where possible retailers and other business operators consider implementing additional security measures to try and thwart any possible break-ins and thefts.