The attack on a Nairobi shopping centre, taking the lives of at least 60 people, may have worldwide repercussions focused on the security of such shopping centres. Especially the United States are planning on increasing their watchful eye on such malls.
American nervousness after new attack
Malachy Kavanagh, spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, told press agency Reuters that the American government “obviously is going to ramp up security” and that it will enforce stricter standards for American malls. A more public presence of security personnel and a better collaboration with local law enforcement are but a few possible new rules.
The Kenyan shopping centre Westgate was the target of the Islamic Al Shabaab group. The mall had several Israeli stores and proved popular with foreign visitors. That explains why the casualties are not only from Kenya, but also from the Netherlands, Great Britain, China, Canada and Ghana. Diplomats from these last two nations have also been found among the casualties.
Fear that the attack will inspire others, has pushed the American government into increasing its surveillance of public transportation and other public areas. Shopping centres are probably the next area to receive increased attention.