Malls Up Security, Reconsider Policies After Fights

Three malls in Connecticut saw brawls broke out the day after Christmas.

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The Connecticut Post Mall in Milford has instituted a parental escort policy one day after several fights closed the mall.

The mall is one of three in Connecticut where brawls broke out the day after Christmas, prompting officials to look at security policies.

Officials said the mall will immediately implement the Parental Escort Policy for guests under 18 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older while the policy is in place.

One adult may supervise up to four people under the age of 18 during the parental escort hours, authorities said.

Mall officials said anyone under the age of 21 should be prepared to show one of the following forms of identification:

  • United States Driver's License
  • United States State-Issued I.D.
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Passport
  • U.S. Military I.D.
  • Mexican Consulate I.D.
  • Canadian I.D.

No college or high school identification cards will be accepted, authorities added.

The policy will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 9 p..m on Friday and from 1 p.m. until close on Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 29.

The Connecticut Post Mall was closed Thursday after several fights broke out there. This is the second year in a row that the mall was forced to close the day after Christmas due to such a disturbance.

One person was arrested at the Westfarms shopping center in West Hartford when a similar situation broke out. A Westfarms spokesperson said they were upping security, and considering whether to implement some kind of curfew in the future.

"While Westfarms has not implemented a juvenile curfew policy, we have bolstered our security team for the weekend and will continue to partner closely with local police working onsite to enforce local laws and our Code of Conduct. If at any time a customer or group is in violation of either, or is disrupting the shopping and dining experience for any other customer, the individuals will be immediately removed by security or police, regardless of age. Further, we will continue to assess the ongoing circumstances and, if warranted, will certainly consider all options to ensure a safe environment, including a juvenile curfew policy," spokesperson Amanda Sirica wrote in a statement.

Westfarms said they are still assessing whether they will change their policies or institute any kind of curfew for visitors under 18 as other malls in the state have done.

Seven people were arrested under similar circumstances at The Westfield Trumbull Mall Thursday. NBC Connecticut reached out to mall management for comment but did not hear back.

Earlier this year, two other malls in Connecticut, including the Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester, instituted mandatory curfews for visitors under 18. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills saw widespread fighting on December 26, 2018, which was a factor in implementing the curfew.

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