Walking through crowded malls while carrying packages, juggling your coat, and trying to keep your kids from breaking anything you can’t afford to buy makes you an attractive target for criminals looking to grab your wallet, purse, or any of your purchases. This is a growing problem today as criminals find new ways to capitalize on your misfortunes.
Now lets talk parking in the mall parking lots. As parking lots fill during the holiday season, shoppers are often forced to park far from mall exits, sometimes in poorly lighted areas. Now that there is less daylight, your likely to find yourself going to the mall while it’s light outside and leaving when it’s dark out. This is also where you will find criminals hiding and waiting for the right person to attack.
Perhaps the most distressing fact about mall crime is that it is so broad. No mall has only one type of crime. There are three main factors inherent to malls themselves that contribute to high instance of crime; false sense of safety, layout, and the obvious, poor security measures.
1. A false sense of safety: most people after shopping in the mall with music playing, beautiful decorations, and the satisfaction of finishing their shopping, they are not thinking of the threat that can be waiting for them when they leave. This is what criminals are hoping for to catch you off guard.
2. Layout: Have you noticed that a lot of exits in the malls are dark and are not made for the safety of the shoppers. The restrooms are down a long hallway where very few people are around if you need help. These are just the kind of places for criminals to lie in wait for people who have their hands full with shopping bags.
3. Poor Security: You can ask any mall and they will tell you that they have more security during the holidays. The problem is do you want that 60 year old guy there to help you if you need help. How about that 18 year old who only interest is the young girls he can pick up. This is the problem with mall security.
Now with the conveniences of the internet and secure sites for making purchases you can stay safe and shop for name brand items you want. No more trying to run to the mall to pick up a couple of items only to find out you can’t find a parking spot. Then when you do get in you have to deal with a crowded mall and long lines. Now all you have to do is sit back, kick your shoes off, and drink your favorite beverage while shopping in a safe place, YOUR HOME.