Parking Lot Crimes Make Headlines

Jun 02, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Violent crime taking place in the parking lots of retail establishments has taken on a higher profile in the news.

Last year’s sniper shootings in the Washington, DC area and the recent arrest of Derrick Todd Lee, the alleged serial killer in a string of murder cases in Louisiana involved crimes taking place in the parking lot of retailer.

Last Friday, an 81-year old woman was the victim of a carjacking in the parking lot of a Shaw’s in Connecticut, according to a report on the NBC 30 Web site.

According to NBC 30, authorities said the woman was pulled from her car and thrown to the ground. The woman’s attackers described as a man and woman proceeded to run the woman over with her car before leaving the lot.

Moderator’s Comment: Is violent crime becoming more
common in the parking lots of retailers?

Consumers would be startled to discover that, once they
leave the confines of a store, they are literally on their own from a retailer’s
perspective. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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