Are malls safe from terror? Security experts question shopping center security

By Carol Eisenberg

WASHINGTON — The mall security guard scrutinizes the black backpack lying by the garbage bin. Should he open it? Ignore it? Call police?

In a world increasingly vulnerable to terrorism and random acts of violence like the rampage in a Salt Lake City mall Monday, security experts say that low-paid private security worker may be the front line of protection in one of the nation's most heavily trafficked places. And they question the adequacy of his training - or of the malls' security measures - to detect or deter an attack.

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