By Maureen Post Special to Published Dec 02, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Out on the west side of town, I stopped at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa for a little Christmas shopping last night. Expecting the insanity that ensues during the holiday season, I was surprised to find parking easy and the crowds more than manageable.

I can’t say the negative press that plagued the mall three years ago ever kept me from going there, but last night reminded me of the hundreds of conversations about mall safety during the holidays for the last several years.

It’s been two and half years since the mall instituted the parental escort policy requiring individuals to show ID and be accompanied by an adult during specific mall hours. Mayfair has increased mall security personnel, parking lot surveillance and now calls in the Wauwatosa police at the first sign of disturbance.

So, when shopping this holiday season, do you feel safe at Mayfair Mall? Has the fear associated with the muggings and attacks from a few years ago been assuaged by security measures? Would you still opt to shop elsewhere? Do you feel Bayshore Mall is safer?

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.