Se­cu­rity man­age­ment flaws may lead to bur­glar­ies


PETALING JAYA: Guarded res­i­den­tial build­ings like con­do­mini­ums are not the safest havens de­spite hav­ing se­cu­rity per­son­nel and crime-pre­ven­tion fea­tures.

In al­most ev­ery po­lice dis­trict in the Klang Val­ley, checks showed that re­ports of crime cases, mainly bur­glar­ies, at guarded res­i­den­tial build­ings are com­mon.

Flaws in se­cu­rity man­age­ment, the com­pla­cency and neg­li­gence of oc­cu­pants and se­cu­rity guards as well as crooked ten­ants are among the causes which in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve may have led to the crimes.

It was a heart-wrench­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for 32-year-old me­dia com­pany di­rec­tor, Faraz Shams Khan, when he re­turned home with his fam­ily just hours af­ter be­ing away to find his rented unit at the Para­mount View con­do­minium in Sec­tion 22 here bur­gled. The break-in took place two months ago.

The In­dian na­tional, who is an ex­pa­tri­ate with a com­pany here, said he lost RM60,000 in cash and valu­ables.

Faraz said he learnt from neigh­bours that an un­known man was spot­ted loi­ter­ing at the premises of the con­do­minium.

“I think it was an in­side job. The con­do­minium man­age­ment was also neg­li­gent in not fix­ing an ac­cess card se­cu­rity sys­tem which had been faulty for two months. Only re­cently was it fixed. With­out this sys­tem, any­one can walk around the build­ing freely.”

Petaling Jaya po­lice chief ACP Mohd Zani Che Din said po­lice ar­rested three sus­pects, in­clud­ing the se­cu­rity guards of the con­do­minium but it yielded no pos­i­tive leads.

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