Malls Tighten Security For Holidays After Terrorist Attacks

The Paris terrorist attacks on Nov. 13 have put many companies on alert, including retailers. While the holidays are already a time for heightened security and loss-prevention measures for stores and malls, many are taking additional steps.

Bob Moraca, the National Retail Federation’s VP of loss prevention, said retailers will be communicating more frequently with federal and local authorities to understand threats and how to be prepared. “Retailers and malls are soft targets,” said Moraca. “Retailers won’t be doing anything new; they’re just redoubling their efforts [to keep people safe].”

He said that while many malls develop their own independent plans for security, it’s likely that officials ranging from Homeland Security to local police will be involved more than usual. Moraca added that many retail centers will also put increased attention on the “see something, say something” slogan during the holiday season to encourage shoppers to be alert.

International Council of Shopping Centers spokesman Jesse Tran said many shoppers likely won’t notice too much of a change, but at some properties, there will be more undercover police, canine units and patrolling units. “This season is always a time of added security, and given the current environment, there will be more heightened security,” he added.

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