Monday, December 23, 2013

NCRPO Bans Shirts, Jeans and any Clothing for Mall-goers

A robber using his clothes to hide stolen goods.
MANILA - After a ban on buying hammers and wearing of caps, shoppers will now be told to go naked in malls to prevent robberies, a police official said yesterday.

“From now on, the wearing of t-shirts, shorts, jeans, skirt or any kind of clothing would be banned in malls. Those wearing it would be forced to take it off and leave them outside the malls,” National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Carmelo Valmoria said in an interview.

Mall owners will display signs against the wearing of clothes at entrances while security guards will strip mall-goers of their clothing, he added.

The decision was arrived at during a series of meetings with mall operators and security managers in Metro Manila, he said.

Valmoria sought the meetings to come up with ideas how to enhance security in malls and prevent robberies like the one committed at SM North EDSA two Sundays ago.

In the meetings, the participants observed that robbers used their clothes to hide shoplifted items.

In majority of shoplifting cases, the robbers used the pockets of their jackets, shirts and pants to hide noodles, canned goods and other items. It is estimated that billions of pesos were lost by grocery and mall-operators due to shoplifting spree of their customers.

NCRPO and mall-owners are also considering the banning of security guards due to many cases of “bantay salakay”, Valmoria said.


Image used in this article came from The Guardian.

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