This article derives from the partial results of a broader research, still under development, on Place Attachment in mall users in Venezuela. Attachment is showed in the case of Venezuelan cities, in association with a search for greater personal safety, given an increase in urban delinquency. Fear of criminal acts seems to be an important aspect which affects the preferences of Venezuelan mall users for these multifunctional spaces. Furthermore, malls in Latin-American cities, especially Venezuelan ones, could be competing with other public spaces, in terms of user preferences, with respect to restorative places. The purpose of the present paper is to discuss this issue. The study used both a quantitative and qualitative method approach, with a sample of eight (8) malls, in five (5) Venezuelan cities, namely: Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia, Barquisimeto and San Cristobal. In each mall, a sample of 30 women, between the ages of 24 and 58 years old, were interviewed in situ, with a semi-structured ad hoc questionnaire. Close-ended questions are intended to be analyzed statistically, while open-ended questions were content-analyzed. Partial results confirm general Place Attachment among individuals in every sample. Mall users show a greater preference for malls as restorative places, than for traditional public spaces in the different cities sampled. The mall is perceived as a clean, safe and controlled space, which differentiates it from an increasingly unsafe, often poorly maintained, and/or unattractive traditional public space. It seems necessary to obtain a balance between both environments. The upsurge of Malls has definite positive consequences, such as economy activation and architectural development. However, it is also evident that many of our cities are in urgent need of rescuing, improving and/or creating urban public spaces, for the recreation, entertainment and leisure of the citizens.