Summit to address safety suggested

2019-09-03 06:01

My letter has reference to, “Safety at malls must be addressed” by community activist Rozario Brown, (People’s Post, 27 August).

The brazen attacks and robberies of local jewellery stores at shopping centres is alarming and, gratefully, no loss of life during the incidents is a valuable consolation.

After managing various shopping centres for a number of years, I agree with Brown that owners and property managers should not compromise security to reflect greater profit margins in respect of operational costs.

Security has always been a priority operational cost during my management tenure, and a robust debate always prevailed when I had to convince my superiors that the security of tenants and customers was paramount.

I suggest that a summit be held with all shopping centre stakeholders to tackle the increasing scourge of attacks on jewellery stores in shopping malls, and a discerning strategy be implemented.

I reiterate Brown’s words, “Spending your money shouldn’t become a matter of life and death, which at present it has become as many of these malls are clearly soft targets for criminals, and the staff and shoppers will be ultimate victims.”

Shopping must be made safer.

Mark Kleinschmidt, Ward 60 councillor

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