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Ares The Dog and his Handler
Four-legged crime fighter joins malls' safety efforts
T.J. Perigo (right), director of public safety at the Boynton Beach Mall and security officer Mike Lausen walk Ares, a 2-year-old German Shepherd through the mall. Lausen and Ares began patrolling the mall this summer as part of a stepped-up safety effort.
By DON JORDAN
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 11, 2008
BOYNTON BEACH — The Boynton Beach Mall has unleashed its latest weapon in its quest to provide safer shopping.
It has four paws, a wet nose and responds to the name Ares.
The German shepherd and his handler began making the rounds earlier this summer, said Jon Lusher, vice president of IPC International, an Illinois-based shopping center security company that works with the mall.
"This is part of our desire to stay ahead of any potential problems and to show customers a new, friendly face," Lusher said.
Even if that face is whiskered.
The patrol unit splits its time among a number of South Florida malls owned by the Simon Property Group, including the Dadeland Mall in Miami and the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami.
Ares' main purpose is simply to walk each mall and intimidate would-be evil-doers - more bark than bite - but he is trained to chase and hold a suspect.
Boynton Beach Mall officials hope the addition will provide customers and potential criminals with an "awareness of this extra level of security," Lusher said.
It's an especially tough task for malls in southern Palm Beach County, which have been the setting for some of the most violent local crimes in recent history.
A fight between rival gangs led to a shooting that left one man dead at the busy Boynton Beach Mall on Christmas Eve 2006.
Nearly a year later, Nancy Bochicchio and her 7-year-old daughter were found dead in her idling SUV outside the Town Center mall, another Simon-owned shopping center in Boca Raton.
Both had been shot in the head at point-blank range.
Joyce Block, a Delray Beach resident and regular morning mall walker, said she feels safe at the Boynton Beach Mall during the day, but rarely visits after the sun goes down.
"If I do come, it's with my husband," Block said. "It's a shame that a lady can't come here alone."
Simon officials said the four-legged enforcer is further proof that the company is "committed to security at all of our retail centers," said Lydia Gilmore, a vice president of the company, which also owns the Palm Beach Mall in West Palm Beach.
"This extra measure will serve as an extension of our ongoing security efforts in partnership with the local police, as well as enhance patrol officer interaction with shoppers," Gilmore said in a written statement.
Lake Worth resident Jessica Sebest said the added security was a "great idea."
"It won't hurt anything, so why not do it," Sebest said earlier this month during a visit to the mall at 801 N. Congress Ave.
Mall officials said they have not decided whether to add more dog patrols during the busy holiday shopping season.
Boynton Beach resident Sylvia Kriegel, who works at the Bavarian Colony restaurant inside the mall, said she has spotted the patrol passing by and approves of the addition.
"If there is a criminal around and there are police around with the dog, the dog's going to get them before they get me," Kriegel said, laughing. "Besides, I like dogs."
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