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ParkingLotSafetySign-240x300Shopping center parking lots present inherent security challenges as they frequently occupy a large space with low levels of activity and numerous hiding places for would-be attackers. A recent rash of strip mall violence across the country gives rise to questions of patron safety and security. What are shopping center owners doing to protect their patrons and deter crime?

In October, The News-Press reports, four people were killed and others were injured during two separate Fort Myers shopping center parking lot shootings within two days.

A woman was shot and killed “in the parking lot of a Point Loma Heights shopping center” on October 9th, per San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

“Three people were killed and another person was wounded in a shooting in the parking lot of a North Las Vegas strip mall,” on October 14th, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Victims of Parking Facility Violence: Know Your Rights

Shopping center patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting, both inside a business and outside in the parking lot. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a shopping center owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a strip mall owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, sexual assaults or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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According to a SafeKids Worldwide study, there are “5 teen pedestrian deaths every week in the United States.” Many of these tragedies could be prevented through driver and pedestrian education programs, school zone design, speed limits, and enforced school drop off and pick up policies.

Read the SafeKids school zone action plan to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists near our schools.

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ApartmentCrime-300x200Richardson Apartment Managers Crime Awareness Group

The Richardson Police Department is helping local apartment owners and property managers to deter crime and protect their tenants.

The Richardson Apartment Managers Crime Awareness Group provides an avenue for property managers to partner with their Police Department to address crime issues affecting resident safety and the protection of property. Managers meet quarterly with Crime Prevention Officers, Patrol Officers, and Detectives working in their area. A guest speaker addresses a topic of interest specific to property managers. This format equips managers with information to better serve their residents and to reduce crime, while demonstrating to tenants that management is concerned about their welfare.

Apartment Community Crime Watch

While apartment community safety and security is ultimately the responsibility of the owner and management, The Richardson Police Department is empowering residents to protect themselves and their families through a neighborhood crime watch.

The Crime Prevention Unit sponsors a Resident Crime Watch program specifically for multi-family community residents. When residents partner with the police in our fight against crime, the result is a greater sense of responsibility and territorial concern for the property. With residents taking control of their own community, they feel safer while criminals feel more at risk of detection and apprehension. Resident involvement may also compel managers to become more involved.

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