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Wary of Terrorism, Malls Take Steps to Boost Security

For all that has been done to prevent airplane hijackings and sniff out biological weapons, the terrorist strike that most worries some experts remains a suicide bomber at a crowded shopping mall. “I always thought that was the best target — a mall the day after Thanksgiving just about anywhere,” said Phil Anderson, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. With that in mind, the mall industry is stepping up efforts to tighten security. A trade association is working with homeland security experts at George Washington University and the University of Virginia to develop extensive training to help mall guards detect and respond to bombings and other types of attacks. The new course is expected to be at least four times as long as the basic four-hour security sessions some malls currently offer. Full Story

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