Crime levels at centre a ticking time bomb
Iwould like to express my concerns about the crime levels at Empangeni’s Sanlam Centre.
There has been a number of incidents where shoppers were robbed of their belongings, some in full view of security guards who failed to assist.
There have also been armed robberies that have taken place during shopping hours at the same shopping mall more than four in the last year alone - putting the lives of shoppers at high risk.
Two weeks ago an elderly woman was robbed at the ATM next to the Wimpy in full view of the public.
There was no security guard on site when this incident occurred, which is quite unusual for them to leave the ATM as well as main entrance unattended.
The absence of security personnel seems to be a common trend during all these robberies.
To me it looks like the security guards are working with criminals.
Why is it that security has not been improved?
The centre management doesn’t really care about its shoppers hence they don’t have a security risk strategy in place.
If there is one, there is no willingness to implement it (maybe owing to costs involved).
Lastly, I would like to encourage centre management to work on improving safety on their premises, before something worse occurs.
I would also like to warn the public against using the ATMs, especially during the early morning as well as late afternoon hours.
The public must also be careful of being alone at the mall, especially in the afternoon, as there are criminals patrolling the corridors at the centre seeking potential victims.