Se­cu­rity beefed up at Maseru Mall

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Nt­sebeng Mot­soeli

THE Maseru Mall man­age­ment is beef­ing up se­cu­rity fol­low­ing a re­cent spate of thefts and rob­beries at the shop­ping cen­tre.

This was said by the Cen­tre Man­ager, Ba­holo Chi­mombe, at a re­cent press con­fer­ence which the man­age­ment held in con­junc­tion with the Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) and the Group Four Se­cu­rity Com­pany (G4S).

The mall houses 76 shops and of­fices in­clud­ing well-known brands like Shoprite, Game, Edgars as well as com­mer­cial banks.

Botho Univer­sity and the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs’ Na­tional Iden­tity and Civil Reg­istry (NICR) are also housed at the Maseru Mall.

How­ever, sev­eral in­ci­dents of thefts and rob­beries at the mall in re­cent times have prompted man­age­ment to con­sider beef­ing up se­cu­rity to pro­tect cus­tomers and ten­ants.

“We have had re­ports of rob­beries and in­ci­dences of car theft and th­ese have all been re­ported to the po­lice who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing,” Mr Chi­mombe said, ad­ding that sus­pects had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with some of the crimes.

“We have se­cu­rity per­son­nel that in­clude the po­lice and the G4S but un­for­tu­nately we have been un­able to pre­vent all crim­i­nal acts be­cause we are short-staffed. We how­ever, wish to al­lay our pa­trons’ fears and re­as­sure them that their safety is our num­ber one pri­or­ity.”

LMPS Sub-In­spec­tor Lefu Thaela, who is sta­tioned at Maseru Mall, said the most com­mon re­ports they re­ceived were those of rob­beries where crim­i­nals broke into parked ve­hi­cles to steal money and other valu­ables.

Mr Thaela fur­ther said that pa­trons ex­posed them­selves to crime through the fail­ure to take ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to pro­tect their valu­ables from pos­si­ble theft.

“Peo­ple ei­ther leave their cars un­locked or their win­dows open. They also leave money and other valu­ables in full view and crim­i­nals are tempted to break car win­dows to steal what­ever they can. We plead with peo­ple to take bet­ter care of their be­long­ings,” Mr Thaela said.

Speak­ing at the same event, po­lice spokesper­son, Su­per­in­ten­dent Mpiti Mopeli un­der­scored the need for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity at the mall.

Mr Mopeli added that the po­lice were faced with staffing chal­lenges that pre­vented them from pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate se­cu­rity wher­ever it was re­quired.

“We are de­vis­ing some se­cu­rity mea­sures to en­sure the safety of all the users of mall. We also ap­peal to the public to look af­ter their be­long­ings. Peo­ple should re­mem­ber that they could be invit­ing crim­i­nals to com­mit crimes by leav­ing their valu­ables unat­tended,” Mr Mopeli said.

He also warned the public against mak­ing false claims that ex­ag­ger­ated the oc­cur­rence of crimes at the mall.

on his part, the Di­rec­tor of G4S, Mar­ius Bekker, said there were plans to in­stall sur­veil­lance cam­eras in the car park­ing area to de­tect crime.

“We have a chal­lenge of lim­ited se­cu­rity per­son­nel but we are work­ing to re­main ahead of crim­i­nals,” Mr Bekker said.

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