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Old 06-19-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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I don't think that a robbery neccessarily an indication that a mall is on the skids. There has been kidnappings and murders out of Southpark mall since its opening in 1970. These things happen at all malls all over the U.S. Furthermore, it is likely that the victim was doing something wrong, ie. carrying too many packages, parking far away from the enterence, or looking as if he/she would not be able to defend him or herself. Shoppers should always use common sense and be vigil.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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I don't think that a robbery neccessarily an indication that a mall is on the skids. There has been kidnappings and murders out of Southpark mall since its opening in 1970. These things happen at all malls all over the U.S. Furthermore, it is likely that the victim was doing something wrong, ie. carrying too many packages, parking far away from the enterence, or looking as if he/she would not be able to defend him or herself. Shoppers should always use common sense and be vigil.
The victim was doing something wrong? So buying too many things is wrong, parking in a parking lot is wrong and looking indefensible is wrong?

Wow, let us hope this person is never in charge of national security. The VICTIM was the one doing someting wrong...incredible.

I think it is high time that the 2nd amendment is no longer a "right" but a "requirement." Bodies in the streets is not a problem as long as it is the right bodies.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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Up until this incident the only robberies in Concord Mills occurred when you took out your wallet to pay for something....
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Up until this incident the only robberies in Concord Mills occurred when you took out your wallet to pay for something....
Hee Hee Hee.

Well, I want to emphatically state - I do NOT think Concord Mills is unsafe nor do I think it is "going downhill."

As I tried to explain on another thread in re: to crime here, the thugs are no longer content w/ duking it out in their own hoods. They are branching out into the burbs and into areas that have been considered "safe" in the past. THAT is what concerns me - b/c the average person simply is not thinking that crime can happen ANYWHERE these days. We are all told that, but the reality is . . . people still believe they are "safe" as long as they aren't in the "bad" (known crime) areas.

The arrogant, brazen, devil-may-care attitude of these thugsters is simply astounding to me. They do not care if they get charged w/ assault with a deadly weapon; they don't care if they get charged with a felony! They simply DO NOT CARE!!! I guess 20 years of Catch and Release attitude in the DA's office has shaped their modus operandi.
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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There has been a lot of crime at malls since there have been malls.

Any place that has targets of opportunity - at the mall, in suburbs, on subway cars, baggage claim at the airport, you name it and you will find criminals. Not unique to Charlotte. It's been like this everywhere we've lived.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:48 PM
 
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There has been a lot of crime at malls since there have been malls.

Any place that has targets of opportunity - at the mall, in suburbs, on subway cars, baggage claim at the airport, you name it and you will find criminals. Not unique to Charlotte. It's been like this everywhere we've lived.
Yes, yes, we are all aware. There is crime everywhere. The world is filled with crime.

My point is NOT that I have just discovered that crime occurs in Mall parking lots.

My point is that the thugs HERE IN CHARLOTTE are getting more and more BRAZEN, attacking women with children in broad daylight. And these had to be small children - toddlers - as the attack happened in the morning, when older kids would have been in school. That should concern folks.

But I guess since "crime happens everywhere" . . . let's all just yawn in boredom . . . and roll our eyes about anyone's concern that thugs are getting very aggressive and assaultive and brazen in this city - and are now thinking nothing about waving a knife around at a mom w/ her children in a mall parking lot.

I wonder if the victim's husband just patted her on the shoulder when he came home that evening and told her - "You are over-reacting. There is crime everywhere. Just accept that you can't go to the Mall any longer without a bodyguard and move on. A few months with a good therapist and you probably will get over your PTSD before Christmas."

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Old 06-20-2011, 05:37 AM
 
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Yes, yes, we are all aware. There is crime everywhere. The world is filled with crime.

My point is NOT that I have just discovered that crime occurs in Mall parking lots.

My point is that the thugs HERE IN CHARLOTTE are getting more and more BRAZEN, attacking women with children in broad daylight. And these had to be small children - toddlers - as the attack happened in the morning, when older kids would have been in school. That should concern folks.

But I guess since "crime happens everywhere" . . . let's all just yawn in boredom . . . and roll our eyes about anyone's concern that thugs are getting very aggressive and assaultive and brazen in this city - and are now thinking nothing about waving a knife around at a mom w/ her children in a mall parking lot.

I wonder if the victim's husband just patted her on the shoulder when he came home that evening and told her - "You are over-reacting. There is crime everywhere. Just accept that you can't go to the Mall any longer without a bodyguard and move on. A few months with a good therapist and you probably will get over your PTSD before Christmas."
And my point is, this is not a recent phenomenon - here in Charlotte or elsewhere. I've been reading the same thing on these boards about "thugs getting more brazen" or "thugs now targeting suburban" neighborhoods" for years now.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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And my point is, this is not a recent phenomenon - here in Charlotte or elsewhere. I've been reading the same thing on these boards about "thugs getting more brazen" or "thugs now targeting suburban" neighborhoods" for years now.
Compared to 10 years ago, it IS a big deal that thugs are more brazen. I guess since "crime is everywhere," we are just supposed to roll over and accept it?

Time to take back our neighborhoods - including retail districts - rather than sitting around being complacent about "crime being everywhere."

And time to start looking at the REASONS these thugs are becoming more and more brazen. They don't fear the consequences, most say. Well, then, let's take a look at that and figure out how to deter the crime.

The attitude of dismissing these incidents as ho-hum . . . just the "reality of modern life" . . . ain't good enuff for me and shouldn't be good enuff for the rest of society, who the thugs are preying off.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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If by complacent, you mean recognizing that one incident doesn't make a trend...or that crime numbers are down significantly in Charlotte...or that there's not an epidemic of criminals targeting moms with children...or that there are not gangs of thugs roaming the streets of 'nice neighborhoods'...or continuing to live my life not in fear...then guilty as charged.

As far as reasons, I would say that by the time we get to the punishment stage, we are often far too late...
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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If by complacent, you mean recognizing that one incident doesn't make a trend...or that crime numbers are down significantly in Charlotte...or that there's not an epidemic of criminals targeting moms with children...or that there are not gangs of thugs roaming the streets of 'nice neighborhoods'...or continuing to live my life not in fear...then guilty as charged.

As far as reasons, I would say that by the time we get to the punishment stage, we are often far too late...
Crime numbers are not really down significantly in Charlotte.

There is a trend on women, as well as women with kids, being victimized, especially in home invasions and parking lot crimes. Folks are just in denial about it.

No one is asking you to live your life in fear. Being aware does not mean anything other than being aware. Being aware is the first step towards being safe.
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