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Well, obviously, if you're going to rob a store, you're going to go to a place where stores are. I spent years working in a suburban mall in high school and college, and to this day, I can pick out a shoplifter from a mile away. They were a daily part of my life. That mall had almost NO transit access. Yes, the area's only bus line runs past it, a whopping 4x per day. The criminals were not getting there on the bus, and they weren't going there because of the bus. They were going there, by car, because they wanted to steal from stores, and that's where the stores were. Should we ban stores, to cut down on crime? That's the only blanket solution, really, as stealing from a store in an indoor mall is ALSO a risky proposition. You have to get out of the store AND the mall AND the giant parking lot without being caught. That didn't deter them. Even being so well-known as a "frequent shop-lifter" that the entire staff practically knew them by NAME didn't stop them. Even mall security obtaining a description/plate number for their car and sending an alert to the stores they hit frequently if it was spotted in the parking lot didn't deter them. Even being "banned" from stores or the entire mall didn't deter them much (they'd still give it the old college try once or twice, though after being promptly kicked out a few times they DID usually give up). I suppose some people might find it disconcerting to live near an area where petty crimes happen a little more regularly because there are stores there, but I'd wager that Tysons already has major shoplifting issues, as almost any mall in the country does.

by Ms. D on Dec 28, 2012 6:52 pm • linkreport

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