JOHOR BARU - All 1,176 schools in Johor have been directed to heighten their levels of security following what is possibly the first-ever armed robbery to take place within a school in the country.
On Saturday, three men, on the pretext of picking up their children from school, held up parents at knife-point within the compound of SJKT Mount Austin in Taman Desa Tebrau here before robbing them.
During the 1.50pm incident, some parents were waiting at the school hall for their children to finish their hour-long music class before the robbers, in their 20s and 30s, relieved them of valuables, including jewellery and mobile phones, worth around RM15,000 (S$5,800).
According to the Johor executive councillor for education, Md Jais Sarday, schools must ensure that the main gate was always shut and a guard must always be at the guardhouse.
Md Jais said that the robbery could have been avoided if SOP was followed, including keeping the front gate closed to prevent anyone from just driving in.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said the security company only placed one female guard at the time and that there were no alarm system or CCTVs at the school.
"The suspects, who did not cover their faces, barged into the school compound using a black Toyota Vios as the gate was open at the time and security guard was not at her post," he said after visiting the school.
ACP Sulaiman added that he had met with the school management together with representatives from the security company to review the security of the three-and-a-half-month-old school lo-cated in a quiet residential area.
Those with information on the case can contact the state police at 07-221 2999 or the nearest police station.