After recent reports of armed robberies of gold and jewellery shops in Burma, the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association is planning to negotiate with the Ministry of Home Affairs to employ safety measures in the shops.
Kyaw Win, secretary of MGEA, said they want to discuss the use of CCTV cameras and weapons such as electric shock batons to defend themselves in case they need to.
“We are looking to equip gold shops with non-lethal weapons to defend themselves, as it is not very ideal to apprehend someone carrying a gun via a melee, and we like to avoid these inconveniences”, he said. “Moreover, having security equipment installed at the establishments will scare away potential robbers. And so the problem will be solved if they give up their criminal life and find a decent way of living because of that.”
The police in Rangoon have already started patrolling gold shops every day from 6am to 6pm to lessen the risk of robberies.
“We are on patrol until closing time for all shops and are assigning teams on night patrols as well”, said deputy police superintendent Tin Tun Aung from Pabedan Township Police. “I’m now on my day shift, and we also have officials assigned to do night patrols as usual to prevent undesirables – criminals – from running amok and to immediately catch them if they do.”
In addition to non-lethal weapons for staff, MGEA want them to train with police to be prepared for all circumstances.