The Pavilion beefs up security measures
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
TARGET: The Pavilion is safer than before.