Police officers with security cameras and electronic tagging have been posted to secure first doors at the country’s first major shopping mall.
Key points: Security cameras at the mall will be monitored from inside the building and on site for anyone attempting to break in to enter the mall Police have deployed security guards and have a lock on the entrance to the building to keep anyone entering the mall safe, the National Association of Secretaries of State and the Police Federation said in a statement.
The first of the new security doors will open in March 2018, and there will be around 2,000 of them at the Mall of Britain in Birmingham.
“We are pleased that the mall has embraced a digital security approach that provides increased security to its customers,” said Chief Inspector David Bickford.
“This initiative is an important step in helping secure the UK’s leading retail and leisure centre, which will become the country´s first ever digital shopping mall.”
The mall is part of the Birmingham-based chain, Black Rock, which is run by British chain Supervalu.
The decision to deploy security guards was made at a meeting between police, the mall’s owners and Black Rock bosses.
Black Rock UK has invested more than £5bn ($7.4bn) to build and expand its shopping centre in Birmingham since the closure of its previous location in the city’s old shopping centre, the Square Shopping Centre, in 2016. “
The Mall of UK will become a secure, modern shopping destination for the UK, offering the safest shopping experience and a new frontier for shoppers in Birmingham and beyond.
Black Rock UK has invested more than £5bn ($7.4bn) to build and expand its shopping centre in Birmingham since the closure of its previous location in the city’s old shopping centre, the Square Shopping Centre, in 2016.
A spokesperson for Black Rock said: “The new security gate is an integral part of our plans to transform the iconic shopping centre into a destination for all ages and interests.”