Crime lev­els at cen­tre a tick­ing time bomb

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO LETTERS - ZH GWALA

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.

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