CherryVale increasing security after shooting

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CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- After a man is killed outside CherryVale Mall, area police and mall security are making changes to their safety plans.

Some mall shoppers say they are still nervous in the area.

"I don't feel safe going in alone after all the shootings that've happened," said Valery Sanchez

Sanchez spends a lot of time at Cherryvale Mall. She grew up in the area and has seen her share of violence.

"I used to work on the other side of the mall, and there were a lot of times I witnessed fights. One time there was a shooting here at Bergner's and then there was a fight here at Macy's that turned into a shooting," said Sanchez.

On Feb. 23, 31-year-old Ricky Smith, of DeKalb, died in a shooting on mall property. Because of that, CherryVale Marketing Director Melissa Cavanaugh says management and police will make changes.

"There has been an increased presence in police and security officers patrolling the inside and the outside of the property. We also have interior and exterior high definition cameras," said Cavanaugh.

Details about the plan won't be released. Cavanaugh says management will adapt security whenever needed to protect shoppers.

"We constantly evaluate our security procedures based on events that happen in the community or on our property, also based on season or traffic patterns. So we make adjustments as necessary," said Cavanaugh.

However, Sanchez believes the mall's response should be stronger.

"I would probably feel more safe if police were on-site more often and were able to do something rather than the security guards because I know they can patrol and watch over but they can't really do anything," said Sanchez.

CherryVale Mall security works alongside other local law enforcement agencies when creating security plans to make sure the inside and the outside of the mall is safe for customers.