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Midnight Madness Likely Gone At Wrentham Outlets Unless Mall Installs Cameras

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WRENTHAM (CBS) – A shopper’s dream may be turning into a nightmare in Wrentham if town officials can’t reach an agreement with Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.

For years, tens of thousands of shoppers have descended on the mall at midnight on Thanksgiving for “midnight madness.”

But now, the Wrentham police want the mall to install security cameras and mall officials are balking.

“Homeland Security has designated malls as ‘soft targets,’” says Lt. Bill McGrath, “and when we have thousands of people at the mall at once, it could become a target for terrorists and security cameras may act as a deterrent. And they sure could help us solve a crime.”

But mall officials have butted heads with the town over how many cameras should be installed, and who should maintain them.

If an agreement is not reached, the town Planning Board may likely deny the mall a permit for the event.

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