STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Northeast Ohio is full of malls similar to the one in Oregon where a gunman used a semi-automatic rifle to fire at random shoppers.
The blanket policy of most local malls is representatives are not allowed to discuss specifics regarding security forces or policies. A few did admit to FOX 8 that they have stepped up patrols, but it’s mostly for the swelled holiday crowds.
Many shoppers in Strongsville admitted they feel safe around the Southpark Mall. Unfortunately what happened in Oregon can happen anywhere at any time.
“What are they supposed to do? Hire security guards at every gate and door? Put in metal detectors? I don’t know what else you can do,” says Wanda Maslyk. She feels these situations would happen less often if the U.S. had better gun control.
“The fact that the shooter had a gun like that? That’s not a weapon for home security or a handgun like most people have. That’s the kind of weapon that should be banned.”
Vickie Boris added, “I think about my security now. If you’re out and something happens, whether you’re in a restaurant or a mall, do you go low and try and crawl out of there? I don’t know, I don’t think anyone does.”
Dan Kristek probably put it best.
“I think what happened the other day, in a situation like that you're not going to prevent it, regardless of where you shop."
You just have to be vigilant and watch your surroundings and report anything suspicious.
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