The Pavil­ion beefs up se­cu­rity mea­sures

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Kwazulu-natal News - SI­BONGISENI MAPHUMULO

THE re­cent spates of mall rob­beries in the prov­ince have led to The Pavil­ion Shop­ping Cen­tre in Dur­ban beef­ing up se­cu­rity ahead of the win­ter school hol­i­days.

Shop­ping malls in SA have be­come tar­gets for crim­i­nals in re­cent years with shop­ping cen­tres bat­tling against the crime wave, which chases cus­tomers away and im­pacts on busi­ness. The Pavil­ion cen­tre, fre­quented by 1.8 mil­lion shop­pers, has been among those af­fected with some even fall­ing vic­tim to the so-called “ham­mer gang”.

The last in­ci­dent was in May when a se­cu­rity guard was as­saulted by two sus­pects dur­ing an ATM rob­bery.

Julie-Anne Zuma, mar­ket­ing man­ager of The Pavil­ion, said since that in­ci­dent the cen­tre had taken ad­di­tional mea­sures to keep their cus­tomers safe, even though it is very dif­fi­cult to se­cure such big shop­ping cen­tres.

“The Pavil­ion has in­creased the se­cu­rity staff com­po­nent to heighten sur­veil­lance mea­sures ex­ter­nally, in­clu­sive park­ing ar­eas and has in­creased the num­ber of armed re­sponse guards who are strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned around the cen­tre to en­sure cus­tomer safety. Spike bar­ri­ers have also been in­stalled in park­ing ar­eas as pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures.”

The beefed-up se­cu­rity mea­sures, she said, meant The Pavil­ion was the only pro­vin­cial shop­ping cen­tre that had an armed re­sponse.

Zuma said: “It is im­por­tant to re­as­sure our shop­pers that the cen­tre cares about their well-be­ing and

PIC­TURE: DUR­BAN TOURISM

TAR­GET: The Pavil­ion is safer than be­fore.

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