MEDFORD, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Mall sent a memo to tenants on Tuesday, warning that planned demonstrations in Washington D.C. on Wednesday could have local implications.
Wednesday marks the date that lawmakers will meet at the nation's Capitol in a joint session to certify the Electoral College results from November's election. As a result, D.C. is the primary site of a "Stop the Steal" rally, drawing crowds of people who believe that President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the election was not legitimate.
"The 'Stop the Steal' protest and march scheduled in Washington D.C. on January 6 could spill over into other communities around the country," wrote Ana Orlando, general manager at the Rogue Valley Mall. "As a precaution, we recommend tenants consider the following while also conducting your own internal risk assessment and following your internal corporate policies and direction."
The memo suggests that tenants remind employees to watch for potential threats or suspicious persons, follow instructions from law enforcement in the event of an evacuation or "shelter in place" notice, lock up stores at night, remove valuables from display windows, consider increasing staffing or security, and other measures.
Outward-facing tenants were given additional recommendations to be ready for lockdown if needed, consider a plan for boarding up windows in the event of a specific threat, consider leaving lights on at night so criminal activity is more easily seen by law enforcement, and ensure that security cameras are operating and have sight of critical areas.
"We appreciate your cooperation and diligence, and please be advised that these are only suggestions and it is up to each tenant to determine which safety measures they choose to implement at their sole cost and expense," Orlando concluded.