Shutters down but jewelry stores step up security to deal with lockdown risks – The New Indian Express
Express press service
KOCHI: It’s been more than a week since the owner of a jewelry store in the city went to his shop because of the lockdown. But he closely monitors live feeds from CCTV cameras installed inside the store on his mobile phone. It is a fact that the lockdown has hit jewelry owners hard but there is something else that worries them more as crores of gold are inside these stores and they need to protect it.
They fear that the quiet streets of a closed world after the lockdown have increased the risk of a possible break-in.
Although CCTV systems, alarm systems and security guards were in place, many jewelry owners used to visit their stores in person once every two days to make sure that everything was in order. “The risk is high for private establishments, mainly shops and banks for attempted break-ins. Additional measures should be put in place to enhance security. Burglars might think that high-value shops and establishments are in a weakened state during this time and may attempt to steal,” said Central Association of Private Security Industry Chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh.
A senior city police officer said the streets are already heavily deployed with police personnel and they have also designed a special policing program for high-value establishments which are all under 24-hour cop surveillance. 24 hours during the lockdown period. According to industry estimates, the number of jewelry stores in Kerala is around 7,000, with the city of Kochi alone having more than 100, including major retail brands and small individual room vendors.
“We need to ensure that our stores are secure under the current circumstances and we have taken the appropriate measures for this. We have also conveyed our apprehension to top police officers and are coordinating with police to enhance security,” said All Kerala Gold and Silver Merchants Association (AKGSMA) state chairman, B Govindan.
“We continue to maintain round-the-clock security operations with increased surveillance of all facilities and offices through the deployment of security guards and the use of the latest technologies like the intrusion alert system and monitoring by camera. We are also opening stores regularly to assess the safety features in place,” he added.
Although CCTV, alarm systems and security guards were in place, many jewelry owners used to visit their stores in person once every two days to make sure everything was in order. order.