Mall security has come a long way.
"In the old days, 30 years ago, the security was a guard and he was kind of a necessity that nobody really wanted," said Jonathan Lusher, a former Baltimore detective who serves as principal consultant to the security firm IPC International. "Mostly, his job was to lock the place at night and unlock it in the morning."
In 2007, guarding shopping centers means high-tech cameras, metal detectors, armed police and roving patrol cars. Job responsibilities range from theft prevention and customer service to first aid and terrorism preparedness.
The April 7 abduction of a Fox Chapel woman and her 16-month-old daughter outside a …