Police focus on shopping mall security after blasts
In the wake of the past weekend’s explosions at two retail outlets in Yangon, Mandalay police yesterday held a meeting to discuss security guidelines at commercial centres.
MANDALAY police yesterday held a meeting with security personnel from private companies to discuss security guidelines at shopping centres and other commercial outlets in the wake of recent explosions at two retailers in Yangon.
Police Colonel Han Tun of the Mandalay Region Police Force told meeting attendees that police would cooperate with other relevant government departments to educate the private sector on security protocols.
“There had been incidents of explosions in shopping malls and supermarkets in Yangon. To prevent similar events from happening, we will carry out education programs concerning security with the cooperation of local police, the Tatmadaw and the fire service department,” he said.
Security cameras’ footage should be closely reviewed if an explosion occurs or a bomb threat is credibly suspected, he said.
“It is better to be protective before things happen. After explosion incidents, it is hard for police to track down the perpetrators,” he added.
Rubber-necking members of the public should be kept at a distance in the immediate aftermath of an explosion as security personnel assess the situation, said Police Major Soe Naing.
“There was an explosion [on the road] between Muse and Namkham. After the blast, some went to the site wondering about the explosion. Then, another remote mine was detonated by insurgents. It hit many people and left them injured,” he said. “That’s why, in cases of explosions, people should not go to check out the site.”
Ko Nyi Nyi Aung, deputy manager of Diamond Plaza in Mandalay, said his shopping centre had tightened its security in the aftermath of an incident three years ago.
“We have great concern when it comes to security matters. In 2013, there was a false alarm of an explosion at our shopping centre. Since then, we have deployed more security personnel,” he said.
The Mandalay meet-up comes after multiple blasts at two shopping centres this month in Yangon. No one was injured in the incidents, at Ocean Super Centre and Capital Hypermarket.
Meanwhile pictures of CCTV footage purportedly showing suspects in the Capital Hypermarket bombing, which occurred in Dawbon township on November 20, have circulated online.
A police officer at the Dawbon Township Police Station told The Myanmar Times that CCTV footage tied to crimes is typically kept from the public, but the images of three men allegedly involved in the bombing of Capital Hypermarket have been making the rounds on social media in recent days.
Members of the Yangon supermarket’s management team have said police have not informed them of the status of their investigation into the bombing, nor of any suspects in the case.
Capital Hypermarket transferred its security cameras’ footage to police to assist in the investigation.
The bombs planted at Capital Hypermarket were described as “homemade explosives” by a senior member of the store’s management at a press conference on November 21.