Muncie Mall to increase security on Halloween

Shopping malls are increasing security and imposing restrictions for their Halloween events today because of rumors about possible terrorist attacks.

A circulating e-mail warns people to not go into malls today, as though an attack may occur. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that the e-mail was not valid, according to Stacey Merritt, Marketing Director for Muncie Mall.

However, Merritt said Muncie Mall will be increasing security today.

"Our first priority is the safety of our shoppers," Merritt said. "If we have an increased police presence, the shoppers are more at ease."

Merritt said the estimated number of children who will trick-or-treat in the mall is 3, 000. She said that no parents or customers have expressed concern about the possibility of an attack at the Muncie Mall.

American Eagle Manager Cynthia Murphy said she was not concerned.

"We all know it's just a hoax," Murphy said. "I don't think anything is going to happen."

"I'm not scared," Foot Locker employee Kristina Emmans said. "The mall has been very informative."

Emmans said a mass flier was sent two weeks ago, informing stores and employees of the security increase, and new restrictions were made for trick-or treating.

"Costumes are only allowed during the allotted trick-or-treating time and anyone over the age of 12 is not allowed to wear a mask," Emmans said.

Other malls are doing the same for added protection.

"We are taking extra security measures," said Rose Hawn, Marketing Director of Castleton Square in Indianapolis. "We don't comment on specific security measures."

Hawn added that Castleton would be holding its traditional trick-or-treating event. Depending on weather, Hawn estimates 1, 500 to 2, 000 children will attend.

"We want to give people the opportunity to celebrate the holiday as they normally would," Hawn said.


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