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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
SOME shopping malls are putting an end to the fashion statement that involves hats and sports caps.
Shopping malls, like Ayala Center Cebu (ACC), prohibit anyone wearing headgear, which cover the face, from entering their promises as part of their security measures in preparation for the Sinulog.
About 70 mall security officers presented their Sinulog security plans to the police yesterday.
“I know naa ni gamay epekto sa mga japorms pero ang ato is safety sa mga mall goers (This hampers those who are trying to make a fashion statement but we are only concerned about the safety of all mall goers),” said Edwin Layese, security manager of ACC.
Caps and hats may prevent security cameras inside malls from taking images of suspicious persons so authorities will have a hard time identifying crime perpetrators.
Some malls began implementing the ban during the holidays, shortly after a group of hammer-wielding robbers pulled off a heist inside a shopping mall in Metro Manila last December.
Layese admitted that implementing the ban might be difficult, especially during the Sinulog, when people like to wear hats and other headgear.
“We will place many signs so the public would be aware of the policy,” he told reporters.
He said most of the crimes committed inside malls involved suspects wearing caps or sunglasses to hide their faces, he said.
Supt. Rex Derilo, deputy chief of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Regional Intelligence Division, said they will not force other establishments to replicate the policy.
“There is no directive from the national headquarters. But we advised the security officers that it’s a good security measure,” he said.
During the meeting, Derilo said the police and security officers discussed crime
He said the police also formed an intelligence community involving private security managers, who promised to share information on criminals and their modus operandi.
Derilo said security personnel can help maintain peace and order during the Sinulog.
“They are our force multipliers. In the absence of the police, they can make arrest since they are authorized and armed by law,” he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 08, 2014.