Send security personnel for exercise with police, malls urged

KUALA LUMPUR: The management of hypermarkets and shopping complexes are encouraged to send their security personnel for training with the police, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong.

“The security personnel will be trained using the same modules of the auxiliary police, but they will concentrate on security in their environment,” he said after a walkabout at the Ampang Tesco shopping centre yesterday.

Lee also said plans to implement a “Car Park League Table” ranking system for shopping malls would include hypermarkets.

The ranking system would be based on categories such as general security on premises, lighting and panic buttons, while shopping complexes which offered the best safety features would be awarded higher marks.

Earlier, Lee visited the Ampang Tesco security control room and also handed out booklets on personal safety tips to customers.

The pocket-sized booklets, launched by Tesco yesterday, contain tips on avoiding becoming victims of pick-pockets, car thefts, snatch thefts, break-ins, robbery, rape as well as cyber-crimes.

Tesco Malaysia government and corporate affairs director Azlam Shah Alias said the booklets were made to help increase their customers' awareness of crime.

“Although no serious incidents have occurred on our premises, we want to do our part to increase public awareness by providing some personal safety tips,” he said.

Azman added that Tesco had been working with the police to ensure safety of customers by setting up police beat bases on its premises and increasing patrols.

Article extracted from The Star Online (Wednesday August 8, 2012)