POLICE have advised security guards placed on duty at schools to be more aware of the happenings in their surroundings.
Central Seberang Prai district CID chief Deputy Supt Wan Abdullah Wan Said said their duties were not only limited to preventing criminal offences from taking place but also accidents.
“Accidents can happen in the surrounding of the school and in front of the school fencing.
“In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, they must check on people coming to school to make sure their names and contact numbers are properly written in the record books placed at the entrance.
“They must also make sure that their temperatures are taken and recorded.
“In the event of any criminal incidents happening, contact the district police headquarters immediately, ” he said.
DSP Wan Abdullah said there were no cases of criminal incidents and trespassing reported in schools following the movement control order (MCO).
“Those committing offences like street crimes prefer to stay at home in view of the increased fines for offences during the MCO.
“The crime rate is down and under control now, ” he told reporters after attending the School Safety programme at the district police headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, on Friday.
The event was jointly organised by the police, Crime Consciousness & Public Safety Society (CCPSS) and the district Education department.
It was attended by 30 security guards, two representatives from two security companies and nine school representatives.
Also present were CCPSS deputy chairman Goh Hoe Eng and district deputy Education officer Haslina Kamron.
A crime prevention and safety talk with slide show was conducted by district Crime Prevention and Community Safety chief Asst Supt Azman Mohd Kayat.
All those who attended the half-day event received a certificate of attendance.