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Security Heightened at Wake County Malls, RDU

Posted February 6, 2008 10:31 p.m. EST
Updated February 7, 2008 12:03 a.m. EST

— Wake County malls and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport heightened security Wednesday after the sheriff's office received an anonymous threat.

The threatening letter arrived in the mail Wednesday and noted possible attacks on shopping centers and RDU.

North Hills Mall management sent a letter to its merchants informing them of the anonymous threat. It asked tenants to take extra security precautions while the threat is investigated.

"Anything is possible, so we need to take any little threat into consideration," shopper Jessica McKnight said.

Security guards were also on high alert, keeping a close eye out for suspicious activity.

The sheriff's office is not releasing any additional information about the letter.

"I think if you let a lot of information out at once, you can really scare people and it can be a panic attack. But I think just letting out that there was a letter gives enough suspicion, so people are going to hold off from the malls a little bit," shopper Anna Pollard said.

RDU was also notified of the threat. According to a spokesperson, the airport always has a strong police presence. When there is information regarding a possible threat, security and airport personnel continue to look for suspicious activity – as they always do.