(Metro News)Espina tells NCRPO men: Work with private security agencies to prevent mall crimes

October 29, 2012 5:55 am 

MANILA, Oct. 28 -– The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is now closely working with private security agencies of malls and other business establishments in Metro Manila to prevent crimes, like kidnapping, from being committed within these areas.

Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, NCRPO director, noted on Sunday the supposed “kidnapping” of a two-year-old boy by a 10-year-old boy at Puregold in Caloocan City last week, which was left unnoticed by security guards of the establishment until the mother of the victim reported her missing son.

Espina said that close coordination between the police and private security agencies is necessary to prevent similar incidents from happening. He directed all Metro Manila police districts to start working with mall management and security agencies to strengthen collaboration.

”Direct all your PCP commanders, through all chiefs of police and station commanders, to liaise as soon as possible with all mall chief security officers and of other business establishments where people usually go or converge,” Espina told NCRPO district directors.

Espina also urged malls and other business establishments to instruct their respective security guards to block or hold children whether in groups of two or three or even four, unaccompanied by adults, when they go out of these malls and establishments pending verification as to why they are not accompanied by adults.

”This is for the purpose of preventing a repetition of what happened in Puregold, Caloocan City where a 10-year-old boy took a two-year-old child with him and went out of the mall away from the parents of the two-year-old child,” said Espina.

”Motive is still unknown but we cannot discount the possibility that the child may have been kidnapped,” he added.

Fortunately, the “kidnapped” boy was found three days after he was reported missing. He was turned over to officials of Barangay 109 in Caloocan City.

Aside from kidnapping, Espina also reminded police units in Metro Manila of other crimes like pickpockets and snatching that are pulled off in places where people converge like malls and supermarket, especially in the advent of the Christmas season. (PNA)

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