Security Will Be Heightened

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Security Will Be Heightened Protecting travelers and shoppers from thieves isn't the only security concern this holiday season. The threat of terrorism is forcing some law enforcement agencies to use new tactics.

New Jersey state troopers and K-9 units will be making random sweeps of bus terminals, airports, sporting arenas and shopping malls.

"Train stations, Ferries, any place with large groups of people," said Sgt. David Meyer, of the New Jersey State Police.

It's all part of the new Homeland Security program launched in February. Specially trained troopers are supposed to serve as deterrents for terrorists.

"It's a wonderful idea. With security what it is, recently seeing people mugged in parking lots, it's important," said Wendy Houston, a shopper.

Deptford police are also beefing up security this holiday season -- especially inside the mall.

"When you have large amounts of people, you worry about their safety. Not that they become a target, but it's something that could happen. We can't be everywhere," said Lt. John Weatherby, of the Deptford Police Department.

The new patrols are not in response to any specific threats, but the strategy may make people feel more at ease when they're in crowded areas.

Shoppers should also try and stay in pairs and get their presents during the daytime. You are less likely to be a target in the parking lot when it is light out. Also, keep tabs on your wallet. Put your cash somewhere unsuspected.

If you are worried about walking to your car, call security at the mall for an escort. Police say that if you do see someone suspicious, you should report it immediately.

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