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Simon Creates Security Task Force at Mall in Florida

Simon Property Group, owner of the Town Center mall, says it will create a public-private task force to ensure public safety and crime prevention.

The announcement Saturday came one month after the Dec. 12 killings of Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and her daughter, Joey Bochicchio-Hauser, 7, at the mall. Their bodies were discovered Dec. 13 outside Sears.

Since then there's been a debate about communication and security, with some residents questioning the response from police and the mall.

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They also plan to survey shoppers to find out what security measures they would like.

Now the company is extending an invitation to public officials, including City Manager Leif Ahnell and Police Chief Dan Alexander, to join the task force.

The task force would use resources available in the community to improve communication as well as public awareness of how residents can protect themselves.

"We feel that the blending of our resources with those of other businesses and the public sector will yield great dividends in the public safety arena," the company said in its statement.

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