Almost a year after a man was shot and killed in its parking lot, Yorkdale shopping mall has upgraded its security system.
Yorkdale says its new 29-megapixel surveillance cameras provide an ultra-detailed, 360-degree view of the parking lot and, by June, will provide the same view of the mall’s interior. The system will snap a shot of every vehicle’s licence plate as it comes and goes, and have a clear enough view inside to identify individuals.
"We are doing everything we can in order to protect you and create a safe environment and secondly to tell the criminals they're not welcome at Yorkdale," said Anthony Casalanguida of Oxford Properties, the company which manages the north Toronto mall.
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Mall security expert David Hyde it’s one of the best systems in Canada, taking Yorkdale “to the top in terms of sophistication and crime prevention capacity.”
Yorkdale says it will wipe the license plate videos every 24 hours if there's no incident. Interior video of shoppers will be held for 30 days before being erased.