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Empire Mall Secure For Shoppers

December 6, 2007, 6:01 PM by Kelli Grant

Empire Mall Secure For Shoppers
While an event like the Omaha mall shooting is difficult to prevent, the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls has a plan in place to help keep you safe while shopping. Officials there say they're prepared in the event of a similar incident.

Seven million people visit the Empire Mall every year. In fact, it's the largest tourist attraction in the state. That's why mall officials say it's their job to protect customers and retailers. 

“We train for something like this and have procedures in place year round," Empire Mall Marketing Director Chrissy Spoo said.

To ensure security stays in tact, Spoo couldn't go into detail about their plan but says several security guards are trained to handle a situation similar to the one at the Westroads Mall in Omaha. 

Spoo says, “We have a fairly large staff of security guards.  The exact number we don't release, for obvious reasons. It keeps the public a little bit safer to know that we do have that staff that's here 24 hours a day.” 

Spoo says mall traffic seemed steady today, despite yesterday's incident in Omaha. And she says people shouldn't be nervous about spending time here. 

Spoo says, “The safety of our guests and our retailers is our number on priority at all times and we find that its out job to provide a safe, warm, inviting shopping environment for people and that's really what we're best at doing.” 

The Empire Mall works with the Sioux Falls police department to identify the areas where security is needed at the Mall to put their plan into place.

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