ELIZABETH, NJ – The busiest shopping season of the year will soon be here, bringing crowds to malls and other public spaces. This year’s Christmas season carries the pall of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Mills at Jersey Gardens has issued a statement aimed at assuring the safety of shoppers. Along with a visible security force and continuous patrol of the property by law enforcement personnel, the mall employs other measures that are not disclosed to avoid compromising their efforts.   

According to a company spokesperson, “Each center has a detailed security plan in place for the holidays, which we will continually evaluate and modify as needed. Our shoppers are also encouraged to follow Homeland Security's recommendation of ‘see something, say something’ and other general safety tips when in public.”

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In addition, the Simon Company, of which The Mills at Jersey Garden is a part, regularly communicates with the Department of Homeland Security and is an active member of the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC).  Simon’s security policies and procedures have been safety act certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security as effective anti-terrorism measures. 

Homeland Security has sought to reassure the public, stating that at this time there is no credible threats to New Jersey. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, New Jersey’s homeland security and law enforcement agencies will remain on heightened alert. Security has been increased at all events where large numbers of people are expected.  

New Jersey Homeland Security is asking for the public to do its part. "We strongly encourage the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement. No lead is too small," said New Jersey Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Chris Rodriguez. "You can do so by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ, by emailing tips@njohsp.gov, or by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter at @NJOHSP."

For more information, visit www.njohsp.gov/latest-products