Mall of America Turns to Israel for Security

One of America’s largest malls, the Mall of America, has deemphasized the exclusive reliance upon cameras and metal detectors and instead adopted Israel’s profiling techniques.

“…it uses the same three components as [Israel’s] Ben Gurion airport: detecting suspicious indicators, security interviewing … and operational deployment.”

The program is grounded in behavior profiling.  That is, it uses trained officers to identify “behavior that isn’t considered normal in the mall’s setting.”  According to MOA’s director of security:  ”We want this to be the new industry standard.”

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