Successful emergency drill at Baywest Mall as we enter festive season

NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Test of festive season security readiness, no one injured

At 9am on Tuesday morning, the Baywest Mall, in Port Elizabeth, with the cooperation of the South African Police Service, executed an emergency drill involving the full evacuation of the centre.

"The aim of the drill was to test the mall’s security readiness ahead of the busy festive season," explained Baywest Mall General Manager, Troy Zunckel .

"The drill scenario saw two 'suspicious-looking individuals' enter an unnamed store and hold two staff members at gunpoint. The Baywest Mall security team responded immediately to contain the scene, while the control room alerted SAPS via the 10111 emergency call centre."

Officers from the Kabega Park police station were on the scene within minutes, as well as members of the K9 unit.

All tenants and shoppers were evacuated to safety at assembly points outside the centre, while the police apprehended the “robbers” and secured the crime scene.

"Emergency services personnel and traffic officers were also on hand to ensure the health and safety of shoppers and manage the flow of vehicles onto access roads around the mall," said Zunckel.

"The entire simulation took just under an hour, no one was injured in the process and trading resumed as normal thereafter.

"Baywest Mall would like to stress the importance of conducting emergency drills such as this ahead of the festive season. Centre management apologises for any inconvenience caused."

Zunckel added that the mall takes the safety of shoppers very seriously and is proud to continue its good working relationship with SAPS, which includes having an officer stationed at the Baywest info desk.