Public safety is a team effort at malls across the US: Reminders from security experts at Clearview Mall

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METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) - A video posted online Saturday has been labeled "propaganda" by the U.S. State Department. It names the "Mall of America" in Minnesota as a potential target for terrorism.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reminding the public to be alert and to remember -- "If you see something, say something."

DHS works with malls and security teams across the country, including Merchants Security Services at Clearview Mall. Eric Amerland, president of MSS, says anything out of the ordinary should be reported to authorities.

It could be an unattended package, a car in a no parking zone or even someone taking photographs.

"Public safety is everyone's responsibility. Everyone plays a part. Police can't do their job unless things are reported to the police. Security can't do their job unless things are reported to security,” says Amerland.

While officials say shoppers have plenty of reasons to feel safe, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Amerland also says it’s okay to call something in after the fact — even if it’s hours or days later. He says just try to remember as many details as possible about who or what you saw, when you saw it, where it occurred and why it looked suspicious.

“It’s better to call and report something and have it be nothing than to find out hours later on the news that it was a serious event,” says Amerland.

Another reminder for shoppers at Clearview Mall:  security escorts are available to take shoppers to and from their vehicles at any time that the mall is open. The number to call is 504-858-8386.

Meanwhile, the DHS released a statement saying “we are not aware of any specific, credible plot against The Mall of America or any domestic commercial shopping center.”


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