28 Mar 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) - The City Police have called on store owners and employers to improve the security at their premises, citing safety features such as a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system as a possible security tool.
The call comes after the robbery of the Pick n Pay grocer in the Eros residential area failed at the weekend.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, City Police Public Relations Officer Fabian Amukwelele said investing in a CCTV system does make a difference.
He explained that due to the cameras installed at the said grocer, the police were able to partially identify the three male robbers of which two had guns, while one had a knife.
He said they were wearing hoodies but the images are assisting the police in identifying them and enables the law enforcement agency to know what happened.
Putting CCTV cameras outside assists us in identifying the vehicle they were driving.
Amukwelele said the robbers first appearance on the CCTV system was when they entered the shop via the staff entrance at around 06h00.
When the security guard tried to stop them, they pointed guns at him and forced their way into the shop, where they held the employees hostage.
Luckily the shop manager locked himself into one of the rooms and they could not get to him because he is the only one who has access to the safe.
Amukwelele noted there were no serious injuries despite the robbers assaulting some of the staff members to have them disclose the whereabouts of the manager.
The manager was able to call us and by the time we arrived at the scene the robbers had already left, and they did not take any money.
He explained that most shop robberies happen when the shops are about to close or open and employees are moving in and out of the building.
Amukwelele said apart from making sure there is a control in movement when staff begin to work or go home, City Police has other advice.
Do not keep large amounts of money at your premises, said Amukwelele, adding the location of cash should also be kept secret as robberies tend to involve collaboration between an employee and outsiders.