Increased security at Walmart, but officials won't say why

Increased security at Walmart, but officials won't say why

HONOLULU (AP) - There's increased security outside a Honolulu Walmart store, but officials won't say why.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports ( ) that guards are posted outside the store on the Makaloa Street sidewalk during overnight hours, standing watch after the strip bars and hostess bars across the street close.

It's not clear whether the guards are a response to increased crime or an increase in homeless people in the area.

A Walmart spokesman told the Star-Advertiser that the company does not discuss specifics of its security plans.

The customers and employees at Makaloa Street businesses say they think the area is basically safe, but have heard reports of purse snatching.

Neighborhood board chairman Larry Hurst says he's noticed a reduction in violent crime but believes the area still has issues with drugs, vandalism and loitering.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

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