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Officials to Question Macy's On Marathon Shopping Security Plan

Macy's at the South Shore Plaza will remain open 24-hours a day leading up to Christmas Eve.

Members of the Town Council's Committee on Public Safety plan Tuesday night to ask South Shore Plaza representatives about security at Macy's during the store's upcoming "marathon shopping" weekend leading up to Christmas.

The committee is meeting to discuss general police updates with Chief Russell Jenkins and holiday security plans for the mall. Councilor Sean Powers, vice chair of the committee, said members will also ask about potential police details during the 24-hour shopping event being held from Friday, Dec. 21 through Monday, Dec. 24.

Braintree's Macy's is one of a select few chosen for a longer marathon this year. The special hours are part of a nationwide expansion of the retailer's six-year-old shopping initiative that began with keeping its doors open 24-hours at Macy’s Queens Center in 2006.

Powers said that the mall and its sector is easily the busiest in Braintree and that extra security to accompany extending the store's operating hours makes sense.

"That is an anchor store at the Plaza," Powers said. "The Plaza is one of the largest malls in New England."

Neither the Plaza nor Macy's have requested police details during the event, Chief Jenkins said in an email. A spokeswoman for the Plaza declined to comment about security matters.

The Plaza regularly employs hundreds of hours of detail officers from Braintree and elsewhere during the holiday shopping season, but only when the mall itself is open.

Elina Kazan, a vice president of media relation for Macy's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic offices, said the retailer has previously extended operating hours and that the store has its own security plan. Kazan said she would look into the issue of police details.

The committee meets at 6 p.m. on the lower level of Town Hall.

Bob Johnson December 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM
You have to ask yourselves, how many people will actually be shopping during the overnight hours? Their is minimal concern here, move along, there's nothing to deal with that isn't already being dealt with. Keep politics out of the operation of a retail establishment, are you planning 24 hour police and public safety for Wal-Mart?
BraintreeResident December 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
"bob", Braintree doesn't have a Wal-Mart, and 2) this is Christmas (the busiest shopping/shoplifting/crimes of opportunity season of the year. Staying open 24 hours is going to create a burden on the beat Officer who is in charge of not only the plaza, but also the neighborhoods on that side of Braintree. Heads would roll if I, as a Braintree Resident, didn't get a fast police response because my beat officer was tied up dealing with a shoplifter at the MALL at 3AM, thus having the closest officer have to respond from East Braintree or the Highlands. Oh and ask yourself how many people will be shopping at that hour? Look at Black Friday! According to the police log the plaza tied the police up with 5 shoplifters between the hours of 1-5AM! According to my source they all came from MACY's!

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