Proactive Security: Preventing Shopping Mall Violence

EscalatorsShopping mall patrons have the right to feel safe and secure while on premises, both inside the mall and in the parking lot. The tragic, recent shooting of an elderly woman outside a Myrtle Beach shopping mall highlights the need for proactive shopping mall security measures.

By implementing proper security training and technology, many violent shopping mall and parking lot crimes may be prevented.

Time Magazine highlights the most sophisticated, proactive security measures currently used in major shopping centers across the U.S.:

In many large malls, security measures begin well before shoppers enter the stores. Parking lots are designed with choke points that funnel cars through areas that cause them to slow down. Some use automatic license plate readers plugged into local police databases. If a car is stolen or has otherwise been flagged, the system can issue an alert.

Walk into any shopping center in America and you’ll see uniformed guards — an overt security presence used for deterring crimes as much as stopping them once they’re already happening.  But major malls have less obvious systems in place. Cameras record shoppers’ behavior, and bomb sniffing dogs seek out explosives like they do in mass transit hubs. There are also plain-clothes security teams. If they notice someone acting suspiciously, they may approach the person and ask politely, “Can I help you?” The technique, called “soft contact,” is often used in shopping centers in Israel, which have been the target of terror attacks in the past.

One of the most complex mall security challenges in the U.S. is presented by the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. With 520 stores, 4.3 miles of storefronts, an indoor amusement park and more than 40 million annual visitors, Mall of America personnel train year round for security issues from shoplifting to an active shooter situation. In an interview with trade publication Security Info Watch, Mall of America’s security director Doug Reynolds described lockdown drills, which the mall conducts twice a month. When security sounds an alarm, the stores bring customers inside, locking the gates and turning off the lights. “We make it simple,” Reynolds said. The mall also relies on behavioral recognition techniques to try and identify anything out of the ordinary.

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Shopping Mall Patron Rights

Shopping mall and parking lot owners have a responsibility to protect patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should they fail in this duty, victims may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for any injuries or wrongful deaths, which occur as a consequence.

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