Police inspect shopping malls

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

PERSONNEL of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) inspected shopping malls in the city Thursday to determine the security measures being implemented by their respective managements.

Superintendent Jefferson Descallar, city police deputy for operations, who led the inspection, said Friday that he observed that the shopping malls are implementing security measures, especially for banks and jewelry stores.

“But the police still need to beef up these security measures,” he said.

Descallar was instructed by acting police director Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel to help tighten the security in malls in the city.

Several uniformed personnel were assigned inside the malls as part of the measures to deter criminal activities in the wake of the heist inside a mall in Quezon City last week.

He said four policemen are deployed in malls in the morning and in the afternoon.

Descallar said the BCPO will also put up police assistance desks in malls in line with the Philippine National Police’s Implementation Plan (Implan) Yuletide Season 2013 to prevent and to pre-empt possible operation of lawless elements.

He added that the BCPO will also assign more policemen in malls and at the downtown area.

Descallar said Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II has instructed the Philippine National Police to increase visibility in urban areas throughout the country during Christmas and New Year season.

He added that Roxas is mulling to standardize the number of security guards manning malls based on the floor area and number of entrances and exits.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 21, 2013.

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