Caps, shades banned in Manila malls

MANILA - Police in the Philippine capital have banned the wearing of caps and sunglasses in shopping malls to stop criminals concealing their identity from security cameras.

The ban was imposed after a gang of hammer-wielding robbers looted a jewellery store at a popular suburban Manila shopping mall on Dec 15. The suspects are believed to have used baseball caps to hide their identities.

"These criminal elements know about the presence of (closed circuit TVs) in commercial establishments like malls. That's why they are trying to hide their identity by wearing caps and even dark sunglasses," said Carmelo Valmoria, head of police forces in the capital which is home to 11 million people.

"Besides, why will you wear sunglasses inside (a) mall?"

He said those wearing caps and sunglasses will not be allowed into malls and security guards will be on the lookout for those flouting the ban.

Police have proposed similar precautions for banks and pawn shops.

Malls are packed during the Christmas season and the jewellery store robbery had panicked thousands of shoppers, drawing the attention even of President Benigno Aquino.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 24/12/2013 at 07:24 AM
Maybe the police could try and catch the crims before they get into shopping centres. Maybe the crims have a connection to the filipino police. They are hopeless!
Discussion 2 : 24/12/2013 at 05:09 AM
If they saw the shape of my old body, they'd lose a lot of customers.
Discussion 3 : 23/12/2013 at 08:41 PM
Some people have little hair and are shy to run around without a cap or something similar. Should all these people be banned from the malls?
Discussion 4 : 23/12/2013 at 07:07 PM
Malls have bright lights. Some people have sensitive eyes.That's why we wear sunglasses in a mall.
Discussion 5 : 23/12/2013 at 07:07 PM
Maybe they can ban wearing shirts and pants next .

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