Famed Shopping Center Puts Up Barbed Wire Barricade in California

by Michael Freeman
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Robberies seem to be on the rise lately, with many businesses feeling the sting. It has gotten so bad in some areas a famed shopping center in California felt the need to put up a barbed-wire barricade.

CNN Business reports The Grove, a famous open-air Los Angeles shopping complex, recently added a high coil fence barrier. The barrier resembles barbed wire, with the shopping center placing it at both its entrances and exits. After a string of smash-and-grab robberies occurred throughout California in November, management added the protection. San Francisco, as well as other nearby cities, all experienced a greater frequency of robberies during a short time frame.

Mike Lamb, an expert regarding retail security, spoke about the coil wire and its effectiveness. “The coil wire is a reasonably new technology in retail crime prevention,” he said. “It looks like it’s designed not to cause injury, but [it] can tangle a person in it and slow down someone who is trying to get away quickly.”

The Grove heightened its security in other ways, too. For example, the outlet hired off-duty police officers to aid with protecting the center at night. The stores there also include a special ballistic film coating exterior- and interior-facing windows. This helps reinforce the glass in case something like a smash-and-grab occurs.

The general manager at Citadel Outlets shopping center, David Blagg, concurs the robberies are out of control. “We have also increased our onsite security staff around the clock and have stationed security personnel throughout the center,” he told CNN. “Additionally, we have gates at entrances and exits that can be closed quickly giving us the ability to lock down the center within 1 to 2 minutes.”

Hopefully, these enhanced security measures will help keep everyone safe.

Local Restaurants and Grocers Fight Controversial Bacon Law in California

Some battles in California are being fought with barbed wire, and others are being fought with bacon. Well, I guess I should say battles involving bacon. Local restaurants and grocers are pushing back against a controversial California bacon law.

Yahoo! News reports the groups are coming together to block a new farm animal law by filing a lawsuit. The upcoming law requires breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and healing calves to have enough space to stand and turn around. A common example would be pigs, who normally stay in narrow crates. Should the law pass, they must have at least 24 square feet of space.

Most of the named animals are fine as is, but hog farmers aren’t happy about the changes, claiming it will be too expensive. North Carolina State University seems to agree, saying it will cost about 15 percent more per animal.

If it goes through, the law will take effect on January 1. As of now, the lawsuit doesn’t seem to be deterring it, but that could change in the coming weeks.

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