PNP: Themed costumes among security guards strictly prohibited

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Security guards are no longer allowed to don themed costumes on duty.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) on Wednesday (November 7) reminded security agencies that themed costumes will no longer be allowed to security guards on duty.

Themed costumes are common in commercial establishments during holidays.

Last Sunday (November 4) members of the PNP SOSIA accosted the administrator of a mall in Quezon City for letting their security personnel wear themed costumes.

According to PNP-SOSIA Enforcement Management Division OIC PSupt. Jaime Santos, such a practice is considered a security risk and only leads to confusion especially in times of emergency that is why it is strictly prohibited.

“Maaari kasing gayahin ito or magsuot ng ganito ang mga sindikato o grupo na gumawa ng krimen doon sa loob ng mall kaya malaking factor na di dapat sila magsuot ng ganyan dahil nangyari na iyan before sa isang mall na pinasok ng martilyo gang,” Santos said.

The security agency of security guards accosted by the PNP was ordered to pay P400,000. Authorities also confiscated the service firearms of their security guards.

“Kapag naging recidivist sila o habitual at di nila pinakikinggan ang aming sanction sa kanila ang mangyayari nya ay mag oorder ang chief SOSIA na i-tag, na i-suspend na ang kanilang license pati iyong mismong operator,” warned Santos.

Meanwhile, the PNP also noted that security measures in malls will be stricter this coming holiday season due to the expected influx of mall goers, the time when lawless elements are in their active operations.

“Muli ang aming paalala kapag may insidente at pangyayari sa mga business establishments, mga malls kaagad yung mga bantay sa entrances ay tumawag agad ng kanilang response team at wag nila iiwanan ang entrance dahil ang seguridad, maaaring diversionary tactics lamang ito … at tuloy tuloy na ang pasok ng mga magnanakaw,” advised PSSupt. Bernard Banac, SOSIA Assistant Chief.

The PNP is set to deploy patrol units at the outside vicinity of malls for quick response in case any untoward incidents happen inside the establishments. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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