Shoppers in Boise Say They Feel Safe

Shoppers in Boise Say They Feel Safe
How safe are our malls? It's a question many shoppers across the country, and even here, maybe wondering.

Malls are known for crowds, crowds of unsuspecting shoppers. On Wednesday CBS 2 Eyewitness News talked to some mall shoppers who say while they feel safe here they know what happened just two states away could happen anywhere.

"It hasn't really occurred to me that a shooting would happen," one woman told CBS 2 Eyewitness News.

"The malls, I always feel safe," said another Boise resident.

First it happened at Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, and now in Omaha, a gunman enters the mall and opens fire on unsuspecting shoppers. It's difficult for many to understand why someone would do it, and even more difficult when you're nine-years-old.

"Who would want to go into a mall and shot? You could kill little kids, it's cruel, it's mean, it's just, why would you do that?" Nine-year-old Maura asked.

CBS 2 Eyewitness News called the Boise Towne Square Mall to try and talk to someone about mall security. They declined to comment this time, but in March of 2006, we reported that they had just finished installing a 64 camera surveillance system. At that time a mall spokeswoman also said they rely on security officers to patrol the corridors and parking lots around the mall, in hopes of deterring any type of suspicious behavior. And it seems some shoppers have taken notice.

"They always seem to have security guards. I worked there for a while and they always were patrolling, lots of people around employed by them," said shopper Heidi Adams.

Shoppers CBS 2 Eyewitness News talked to say it would be hard, especially in large crowds, to stop what happened in Omaha from happening here but for many it's cause to be that much more careful.

"I'm not going to stop doing things in my life, but just be very cautious and try to be as less vulnerable as possible," said Jim, a Boise shopper.

"You have to live, but it might make you more cautious, which is good for your surroundings," Boise visitor, Lorilee Addy told CBS 2 Eyewitness News.

Boise Police say during the holiday season they increase their patrols around the mall, making sure shoppers are protected, especially during this time of year.