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City's large buildings tighten security levels

Owners of Denver-area skyscrapers, shopping malls and large hotels beefed up security last week in the wake of U.S.-led military attacks in Iraq. The security teams at Cherry Creek mall are making extra sweeps of the shopping center, locking delivery dock doors earlier in the day and more closely monitoring vehicles in the parking garages. “We are consistently monitoring our surroundings, and we have security 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Lisa Herzlich, spokeswoman for the mall. The Westin Tabor Center hotel downtown added a security desk on the ground floor to keep an eye on visitors to the property. The security desk is one of the most visible of measures taken by the Westin and is intended to make guests feel comfortable, said spokeswoman Susan Stiff. “We’ve never had a problem with people showing a key or an ID when they’re supposed to be there,” Stiff said. “They want you to ask.” The hotel also locks its elevator on the ground floor in the evening so that visitors must pass the security desk. Landmark structures and tourist attractions throughout the Denver area and across the country tightened access after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Full Story

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