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Security in shopping malls: do they need metal detectors and weapons?

The trial on a high-profile case of massacre in a Minsk shopping mall began on February 20th. A 17-year-old resident of Minsk attacked people using a chainsaw and an ax. One woman died and two were injured. The accused Vladislav Kazakevich pleaded guilty. But he doesn’t repent for his actions. However, there is another question. How do security staff work at malls and in other crowded places?

This trial was awaited not only by the parents of the victims and not only for asking such questions.

Olga Petrashevskaya, CTV:
Do you regret what you did?

Vladislav Kazakevich:
No, get off!
Could the security staff have protected people from the man with a chainsaw? Our crew visited this mall to know about the security.

Olga Petrashevskaya:
Do you have security staff?

Sofia Kondrashova, a sales consultant:
The security was tightened. They say that they got a call, and by the time they reached the end of the corridor and returned back 20 minutes had passed.

Conclusions were made, that is already good. But is it necessary to tighten security in all places?

Andrey Savin, a resident of Minsk:
I think no. Sweden, for instance, doesn’t have metal detectors, security in malls, because the price of stolen items is smaller than the size of salaries of security staff.

Metal detectors are installed is malls of France, Germany, Turkey, Israel, as the terrorist threat level is significantly higher there than in Belarus.

Svetlana Pugach, a resident of Minsk:
It is possible to bring weapons even in heels of the shoes!

Svetlana and Alexander Pugach think that an increase in the number of security staff may cause more alarm.

Alexander Pugach, a resident of Minsk:
I feel quite safe, but there should be more security staffs.

Olga Petrashevskaya:
It is possible to tighten security in crowded places, such as saunas, libraries and malls, but policemen would be everywhere in that case.

Belarusians are not ready to such measures.

Oleg Haynatskiy, Minsk subway security police inspector:
Some people understand why we have to check their bags, others don’t saying that we infringe on their rights.

On the one hand, it is additional security. On the other hand, when malls are overcrowded, no one would like to crowd waiting for being inspected.

Alexander Girin, mall security shift boss deputy:
If shoppers think that no one sees and hears them, they are mistaken.

Europa mall is one of the biggest shopping malls in Minsk. Each security shift has more than 30 people plus policemen.

Evgeniy Radyno, a policeman of MIA security department of Frunzenskiy district:
We get a signal and come to the place in one minute. If we don’t cope with a person, we call a police team.

Security is money. But not everyone gets what is on the other side of money.

Sergey Vinogradov, vice chief of Minsk region security department of Interior Ministry:
Police posts should be located in all entities to prevent the undermining of public order. However, not all the entities agreed on this measure. Their only argument is savings of money.

In small towns, the notion of security is a bit different. Only “strangers” should be inspected additionally, as everyone knows everyone.

It is possible to ensure order in any country. The question is by what means to do that. Belarus, by the way, has entered the top 10 of the most secure countries.

Security in shopping malls: do they need metal detectors and weapons?