Cases of armed robbery and housebreaking are expected to reduce at Namwera in Mangochi after Namwera Police Post officers drilled the area’s security guards on how they can handle security issues.
The police engaged 20 security guards from various estates, government departments and private shops after their files were inundated with cases of armed robbery and burglary.
Speaking during the event on Wednesday at the police premises, assistant superintendent Davie Bulla said the security guards need to be equipped with crime prevention and communication skills to handle their jobs effectively.
“We have engaged these people to shape or mould them to be vigilant so that they can effectively detect thieves and employ the necessary measures to counter them,” he said.
Bulla urged the security guards to know each other for easy follow-up.
“Let me encourage you all to report matters in time, not to conceal information from the police, not to leave your posts unattended. You should also be patrolling around your premises, avoid eating food or drinks brought by strangers and sleeping on duty,” said the officer.
Bulla said security is paramount and everyone needs a secured environment for the country’s socio-economic development.
In his remarks, Namwera Police Unit child protection officer Cosmas Patel reminded the security guards on strategic positioning and checking properly around the premises when on duty.
He encouraged them to have phone numbers of police formations and police officers to call in case of emergencies.
Namwera Market security guard Bayson Mwambucha, who represented all the guards, applauded the police for the initiative.
He outlined some of the challenges they face which include low wages, lack of equipment, overworking and no contract agreements.