Cops ready to offer basic policing training for mall security guards
Posted on July 19, 2012, Thursday
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are ready to provide basic policing training for local and foreign security guards in efforts to tackle crime at shopping malls.
Bukit Aman Management Department director Datuk Mortadza Nazarene said the effort was part of the Home Minister’s intention to equip shopping mall security guards with basic knowledge in self-defence and first-aid procedures to handle events of crime at their assigned duty-locations.
“This is not only an usual training, we will expose them to be experts, whenever there is an emergency and to spot criminals in shopping a complex,” he told reporters after an hour of High Profile Policing Walkabout, Meet and Greet programme with the public, at the Midvalley Megamall here yesterday.
Last Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he would meet police chiefs of Johor, Penang, Selangor and Federal Territory to discuss measures on public-centric areas including parking areas at shopping malls.
Mortadza said though training had been provided by their respective companies, the security guards must undergo the policing training as it could also teach them how to utilise every space in shopping malls to prevent crime, especially at parking areas.
For crime involving women as victims, he proposed the shopping mall operators provide a special space for women so it could be easy for security guards to monitor and focus the area.
He was also confident with security at parking areas in shopping malls as police have increased their patrols in the area, especially in Bukit Bintang, here.
Last Monday, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the crime incidents at shopping malls were considered small in numbers as only six reports were received in Selangor and two in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama