How to ensure safety of ur bank locker & bank locker charges

Anooj (Chartered Accountant) (2130 Points)

17 March 2012  


How to ensure safety of your Bank Locker & Bank Locker Charges

We all know that it is always safe to keep your valued assets in a safe in the Bank Lockers but how safe are these Bank Lockers. Who can guarantee the safety of your assets with the newspapers being full of bank robberies? In this article, we try to introspect the safety of Bank Lockers.

According to the Reserve Bank of India, the relationship between the Bank and the Locker hirer is that of the ‘Bailor and the Bailee’ and not that of the “Landlord and the Tenant”. Though banks don’t have the knowledge of the contents of the lockers provided to customers, they should exercise necessary precautions to protect them.

Banks offer lockers of different sizes and the Bank Locker charges varies with the size of the locker. Bank Locker charges need to be paid to use the facility which varies from one bank to another and is usually around Rs. 1000 to Rs. 4000 for small to medium sizes.

You can also keep a deposit with the bank you wish to rent a locker from. The annual interest from it will take care of the annual rent of the locker. But, this is not a condition for the allotment of a locker. However, one is not allowed to operate the bank locker until the rent is cleared.

Banks are supposed to review the safety on an ongoing basis and take necessary steps to strengthen the security, eliminating all loopholes for a mishap. Banks anyways have multiple layers of security in place, like quality locks, electronic surveillance, alarm systems, regular policing and internal and external audit to keep your belongings safe.

There are 2 keys to the bank safety locker, of which one will be given to you and the other would be kept with the bank. You will need both the keys to open the vault and gain access to your belongings.