Manila - Police in the Philippine capital have banned the
wearing of caps and sunglasses in shopping malls to stop criminals concealing
their identity from security cameras.
The ban was imposed after a gang of hammer-wielding
robbers looted a jewellery store at a popular suburban Manila shopping mall on 15
The suspects are believed to have used baseball caps to
hide their identities.
"These criminal elements know about the presence of
[closed circuit TVs] in commercial establishments like malls. That's why they
are trying to hide their identity by wearing caps and even dark
sunglasses," said Carmelo Valmoria, head of police forces in the capital
which is home to 11 million people.
"Besides, why will you wear sunglasses inside [a]
He said those wearing caps and sunglasses will not be
allowed into malls and security guards will be on the lookout for those
flouting the ban.
Police have proposed similar precautions for banks and
Malls are packed during the Christmas season and the
jewellery store robbery had panicked thousands of shoppers, drawing the
attention even of President Benigno Aquino.