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Mall Security Tries to Foil Crime

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RALEIGH — With less time between Thanksgiving andChristmas this year, shopping malls are already packed with holidayshoppers. That means crafty thieves will be out earlier as well.

For their parts, malls have added extra security for holiday shoppers,but security guards have some common-sense advice to those who'drather not be the target of a criminal.

Every year, they say, some consumers make costly mistakes like leavingcar doors unlocked and leaving tempting packages on car seats within easyview.

Shopper Clyde Rolfe says he thinks about safety before he goes into amall.

Shopper Natasha Livingston says she likes to be aware of what's goingon around her inside malls and in parking lots.

Even though it sounds like simple common sense, Crabtree Mall SecurityChief Jim Conder says people tend to get careless when they are rushed.

Conder adds that people often forget where they park, which makesfinding one's car difficult in a crowded lot.

If shoppers follow all the precautions, security officers say theyshould have no problems, but say they'll be around in case trouble begins.

One final word of warning from those who know. Be careful not to flashmoney or valuable purchases around while you're near or in a mall.

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