Makati beefs up security in malls, banks

From a report by Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2013 09:37 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2013 05:40 AM

 MANILA – Makati has beefed up its security efforts following the string of gun-related violence in Metro Manila.

In October of 2009, the Alvin Flores robbery group targeted a luxury watch store in Greenbelt 5.

They broke the glass shelf and took several expensive watches.

One of the robbers was killed after engaging police escorts of then-Taguig Mayor Freddie Tinga.

It is considered one of the most daring heists to hit the Makati central business district.

Security at the mall was beefed up after the incident.

“We have to integrate all efforts not only the civilian providers but also the PNP,” said Roberto Bernal, asset protection coordinator of Greenbelt Mall.

Makati is home to over 50 embassies and 300 banks, as well as huge malls.

The Philippine National Police admits that there are only 500 policemen in Makati or about 1 policeman per 8,000 people.

“Hindi talaga namin kakayanin. Kaya hiniling natin sa force multipliers natin at sa other security stakeholders ang pakikiisa nila at coordination sa amin, para ‘yung lakas namin ay maging matibay laban sa krimen,” said Makati police chief Supt. Manuel Lucban.

Amid the recent string of gun-related crimes, security forces of various malls, banks and barangays gathered Wednesday to discuss security measures in the city.

The guards were told not to exchange fire with criminals.

They only need to force the criminals out of the establishment and police will take care of the rest.

“In the event na mayroong risk sa life sa kanilang cliyente o customer, doon lang sila maaaring gumawa ng desisyon,” said Lucban.

Aside from increased security personnel, more K9 units have also been deployed to secure Greenbelt and Glorietta in Makati. -- ANC