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Letter: Ocean County Mall Addresses Recent Safety Concerns

Holiday season saw increased security. Statement from mall representative says there will be continued cooperation with local police.

Statement to Toms River Patch from released in response to :

The safety and security of our shoppers, retail tenants and employees is our top priority at Ocean County Mall.  As the holiday shopping season is one of our busiest times of year, we adjust our mall security and local police presence to compensate for our extended mall hours and increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic on our properties.

We maintain a close working relationship with local law-enforcement agencies to ensure that the appropriate security measures are being taken to help provide and maintain a safe environment at each of our malls.

It is in the public’s best interest that we do not discuss or disclose any enhanced security measures and/or procedures that we have in place or may institute at any given time, some of which are visible to the public, while others intentionally are less noticeable.  Disclosure of such information could potentially compromise our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment.

As far as this latest incident is concerned, we applaud the actions taken by the South Toms River police who responded and helped apprehend the suspects involved.  We have been and will continue to cooperate with the police as this matter if further investigated

Clyde January 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Get rid of mall rats
Shore Skeptic January 13, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Amen! It's private property...ownership has the right to ban unsupervised minors.
Laci January 13, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Why not publicly announce that every seagull whether perched on a lamp post or flying around the parking lot is equipt with a hi-def camera and on a drone mission and that additional undercover "mall cops" have been deployed. Sort of like a warning " Forget The Dog, Beware Of The Owner".
Ken G January 13, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The Rent -A-Cops used to be the unruley ones when I was a young mall rat back a few years ago. Glad to them step up their professionalism. I went there for the first time about a month ago and noticed the unruly teens being removed from the mall. The mall definitely seems alot safer now, although I do not agree with "banning" Unsupervised minors, UNLESS they have committed a crime/caused problems (which the mall has been doing for a while). Only problem now is the mall better get some better shops for the people who do go there to shop! The businesses are going out and crappy ones coming in!

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