Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Help malls check on security, police urged

PETALING JAYA: Police should conduct a security audit on shopping malls to verify that the level of services provided is adequate, said the Malaysian Association for Shopping and Highrise Complex Management.

Its president H.C. Chan said Malaysian shopping malls generally employed security measures that were “a few times higher than in developed countries”.

He stressed that safety and security remained the association's top priority as it was in their interest to have sustainable patronage.

Chan said the association and its members had been working closely with the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and police at district, state and federal levels to prevent crime.

“Any mall which is not safe simply drives visitors away and business suffers.

“Just like in any industry, there may be a few black sheep that compromise this stance but generally, a substantial number of shopping malls do not,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He stressed that cooperation from all parties was needed to address crime, adding that such incidents could prove detrimental to the industry.

“The effects can be damaging as the shopping mall industry has a real estate value in excess of RM100bil and the majority is owned by public-listed companies.”

Chan also said the training of auxiliary police was the preferred option to help safeguard the interests of the malls and the public, adding that the industry itself employed over 25,000 security personnel.

He welcomed the police's willingness to extend auxiliary police services to shopping malls as the personnel would be professionally trained in crime prevention and policing.

“The presence of auxiliary police alone is both a crime deterrent and a confidence assurance,” he said.

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