During the traditional Chinese Spring Festival holiday an escort service, provided by local police department or professional private guard companies, is becoming popular in Jiangsu's provincial capital city Nanjing and other cities of China as police track the suspect, who is believed to be responsible for a number of similar shootings and robberies across the country during the holiday season.
The Nanjing episode, during which a male depositor was shot to death and 200,000 yuan ($31,700) yuan stolen, raised residents' concerns about security in the country where gun violence is exceedingly rare and almost all firearms are in State hands.
"We are always super-busy at the year's end," said an official of Jindun, Nanjing's largest security company.
The company has launched a special service to meet the surging demand for escorts of residents who are withdraw large amounts of cash from financial institutions, the official said on Wednesday, asking not to be identified and declining to disclose related figures, citing company discipline and security reasons.
A manager at Nanjing General Security Service Company's Baixia branch said his company is ready to provide personal security, though it does not specialize in the service.
Nanjing police also provide free security for those withdrawing more than 50,000 yuan in cash from banks. This special service may last until to the end of the holiday season.