As the holiday shopping season approaches, it’s a good time to remind mall and retail patrons to shop safely and reduce their risk of becoming a victim.
Shopping mall owners and managers are ultimately responsible for providing a safe and secure premises for their patrons. However, there are steps that shoppers can take to protect themselves and deter crime in and outside of retail stores.
ABC News reports, “Several police departments and security firms have released tips in recent weeks about how best to remain safe at malls this holiday season.”
- Park in well-lit areas close to your destination. “Parking lots and structures are typically the most dangerous places at the mall,” according to security firm ADT. If shopping alone ask security personnel for an escort to your car. Carry your keys in your hand to use as a weapon if necessary.
- When entering your car, remember E.L.F.S. – Enter the car, Lock the doors, Fasten seat belts and Scram, recommended the Monmouth County, New Jersey Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
- Pick restrooms in well-lit and well-trafficked areas of the mall. Always accompany children to the restroom.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and the things you’re carrying. Don’t overload yourself with packages or become distracted by your cell phone.
- Always know where the closest exit is located in case of fire or another emergency.
Shopping Mall Patron Rights
Shopping mall and parking lot owners have a responsibility to protect patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should they fail in this duty, victims may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for any injuries or wrongful deaths, which occur as a consequence.
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