How Malls Are Planning To Keep Their Shoppers Safer

In recent years, security has been a topic of interest and research. How do we keep our homes safe? What can we do to tighten security at schools? While there are no clear cut solutions that offer air-tight security, we have been able to create structures that prioritize safety.


Whether this means adopting additional intruder drills at schools or installing blue safety boxes on college campuses, as a society we’re equipped to handle dangerous situations. And schools are not the only ones who are buckling down on safety. Like many public spaces that attract large crowds, it’s an important goal to delineate what to do if an emergency would break out.


Shopping malls are no different. And in lieu of recent events, many stores and malls are investing in tighter security and alternative solutions to protect their shoppers.


One way malls are prepared to mitigate emergencies is to have each store develop and train their employees through an intensive program. These training guides can be instrumental in tamping down an impending emergency. Understanding what steps you must follow when a crisis happens is  For example, if the employees of a store receive an alert from the mall’s security, they can follow the safety orders. Lock all doors. Retreat to a previously designated safe spot.


Technology also plays a large part in this discussion as well. A few malls are testing cameras with facial recognition that would be able to recognize people with criminal records. We may even see the creation of security robots who’ll be able to patrol stores.


Perhaps one of the trickiest elements to master is keeping consumers safe while not scaring them. A few other ideas that malls have considered? Hiring additional security officials. Facilitating evacuation drills. Programming updates that will be sent to all users on a mall’s wifi should a crisis happen. One thing shoppers are not in favor of? Metal security detectors.

The nation continues to address and plan for emergencies. If safety is a basic right, we must not let recent events shake us from discovering better ways at preventing and mitigating risk. Thanks to technology, safer solutions will continue to emerge, making our homes and our public spaces safer places to live and visit.