Police, Simon Malls officials brainstorm how to combat teen mall violence
Plan: enforce rules, communicate with parents
Last Updated: 72 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Metro police met with Simon Property Group officials Tuesday to devise a plan to combat mall violence among Indianapolis teens.
After several incidents at Indianapolis malls in recent months, mall patrons are fed up.
"We can't even walk or stand around where we want to. That's a problem," said mall patron Stacey Brown. "We should be able to come down here and have a peaceful time without kids running around here acting like they have no sense."
Mall officials tell police they intend to break up the crowds that might be looking for trouble.
"They're going to look for no more than four in a group, and if there's more than four in a group they're going to break that up because we don't want to have a mob mentality or a large group doing something where someone can blend in," said IMPD Commander Tom Koppel.
The malls' code of conduct is not new, but mall security will begin to enforce the rules more strictly, and parents will be involved too.
Parents dropping off kids to hang out at the mall will get a letter that might make them think twice about that.
The thing that's missing is the parents," Koppel said.
When Simon Mall Security Officials see parents drop off kids, they will go up to the vehicle and hand them the letter.
Julie Green picks up and drops off her kids at Circle Centre mall and trusts they are on their best behavior. She agrees with what's spelled out in the letter.
"I think that's a great idea," Green said. "Parents need to be responsible for what their children are doing. I would not have a problem with that at all, and I would hope other parents would want to be accountable as well."
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