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July 10, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Keith Foxe calls it the Alfred Hitchcock Syndrome. Near the end of Hitchcock's classic movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much," audiences gasp at a murder at the opera because it is out of place, unexpected. Such is the reaction of shocked suburbanites, said Foxe, a shopping industry spokesman, whenever violent crime invades the safe haven of the local mall.
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October 27, 2000 | MIKE ANTON and LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The sun is setting at the mall, and swarms of new customers are being drawn by the soft light of 91-foot advertising totems. Boys looking for girls and girls looking for boys. Yellow hair, green hair, pink hair, spiked hair and no hair. Pierced eyebrows, tongues and chins. Shorts below the knees and miniskirts well above them. Boys posing as men, self-consciously puffing on cheap sweet cigars. Girls practicing to be women with their masks of makeup and their midriffs exposed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1993 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance police have offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot to death a Del Amo Fashion Center arcade employee during a robbery last month. Police also may step up patrols at the mall, but Chief Joseph C. De Ladurantey denied Wednesday that the possible move is in response to the March 7 murder of Michael Ellis, 21, a Long Beach resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The stabbing death of a teenager at the Block at Orange on Saturday has prompted police to review staffing levels and procedures at the busy entertainment mall as it prepares for the holiday season. The death of an 18-year-old Santa Ana man, who Orange police say had gang ties, was the first killing at the Block since it opened two years ago. The slaying coincides with a spike this year in assault and battery cases at the trendy spot. Last year, 31 scuffles were reported to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1993 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Torrance City Council has agreed to deploy two more police officers to patrol the Del Amo Fashion Center on foot after a series of incidents prompted a flurry of complaints about security at the sprawling retail center. Under an agreement approved by the council Tuesday, The Torrance Co., owners of the mall, will pay $264,000 toward the cost of the new foot patrol, which could be in place by June 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The stabbing death of a teenager at the Block at Orange on Saturday has prompted police to review staffing levels and procedures at the busy entertainment mall as it prepares for the holiday season. The death of an 18-year-old Santa Ana man, who Orange police say had gang ties, was the first killing at the Block since it opened two years ago. The slaying coincides with a spike this year in assault and battery cases at the trendy spot. Last year, 31 scuffles were reported to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1992 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing the spiraling rate of crime throughout Los Angeles, Police Chief Daryl F. Gates on Tuesday softened his opposition to allowing off-duty police officers to wear their uniforms while working in the private sector. "For a long time I was philosophically opposed to it," Gates said at Tuesday's Police Commission meeting. But "I've come to the conclusion that when you have a crisis in crime, you have to find innovative ways to deal with it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
After years of serving as a hangout for bands of young cruisers in their souped-up cars and trucks, La Rinda Plaza will be cruised by another kind of vehicle often associated with trouble. And the residents couldn't be happier. About 50 of them came out Monday to check out the police cars and the officers who will drive them to and from the new Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division substation at La Rinda Plaza shopping center.
BUSINESS
December 19, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Security at shopping malls, always tighter during the holidays, is even more intense this year as centers seek to reassure shoppers in the wake of recent violent attacks at malls in the Los Angeles area and across the nation. Most of the security efforts are focused on the most vulnerable sites in malls, such as parking areas where cars are unattended, although managers have also beefed up patrols inside the malls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1994 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
Police officers on bikes will patrol the city's busy downtown shopping district during longer summer days to ensure that crime does not creep into the popular nightspots as it has in Pasadena and Westwood. This is the second year for the bicycle patrol, which is staffed by 10 officers who work in Glendale schools as directors for the Drug Alcohol Resistance Education program, as school resource officers and at the district's high schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1998 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Westminster Police Officer Ken Boyd's beat is the mall. And when it comes to holiday shopping, he's seen it all--from the petty purse-snatcher to the sophisticated shoplifter. "I'm looking forward to it," said the lawman, anticipating the crush of shoppers that will converge on the Westminster Mall after Thanksgiving. "I hate slow days."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1997
Riding high in the saddle, these mounted officers keep a watchful eye for holiday shoppers--and shoplifters--at local malls. As they guide their horses through rows of cars, the Los Angeles Police Department officers say the crush of commerce this time of year draws more than just buyers. "The holiday season tends to be an invitation for the criminal element," said LAPD Lt. Steve Zipperman, who is in charge of the 30-member mounted patrol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The new police substation at The Promenade mall opened to the public Monday morning, promising to bring a greater law enforcement presence to Warner Center. The substation is one of several in the Valley, designed to provide a base of operations for officers. "Most of the police stations we have were built years and years ago and they are vastly overcrowded," said LAPD spokesman Lt. Anthony Alba, after an opening ceremony at the station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1995 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If it weren't for the police and security officers hanging around, Anna Hernandez could pass for a bright young assistant at a television network. Clad in a searing yellow T-shirt and clutching a joystick like the ones used to navigate computer games, she stares intently at a bank of video monitors, zooming in first on one scene, then another.
NEWS
December 8, 1995 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If it weren't for the police and security officers hanging around, Anna Hernandez could pass for a bright young assistant at a television network. Clad in a searing yellow T-shirt and clutching a joystick like the ones used to control computer games, she stares intently at a bank of video monitors, zooming in first on one scene, then another. But the more than 50 images blinking in front of her are not of love lost or family comedy.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consumers this holiday season are being choosy about more than quality of merchandise, prices and the courtesy of the sales help, retail experts say. They're shopping where they feel safe. "Mall security is something that's come out of the closet," said Mark Schoifet, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York. "There's always been security, but it was something best kept in the background. Now, the feeling is that a visible security presence is the way to go."
BUSINESS
November 25, 1993 | GREG JOHNSON
Security experts say there are a few simple measures you can take to make your holiday shopping experiences safe: * Make sure you have plenty of time to do your shopping. Shoppers who are not in a rush will have time to evaluate the environment and consider basic safety measures, said Huntington Beach police Lt. Luis Ochoa. * Take care where you park. "If you see anyone suspicious, park somewhere else," Ochoa said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1997
Riding high in the saddle, these mounted officers keep a watchful eye for holiday shoppers--and shoplifters--at local malls. As they guide their horses through rows of cars, the Los Angeles Police Department officers say the crush of commerce this time of year draws more than just buyers. "The holiday season tends to be an invitation for the criminal element," said LAPD Lt. Steve Zipperman, who is in charge of the 30-member mounted patrol.
BUSINESS
December 20, 1994 | ERROL A. COCKFIELD JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
With five shopping days left until Christmas, malls and department stores across the San Fernando Valley have beefed up their security operations to prevent encounters with those all too familiar holiday visitors: shoplifters and robbers. Along with local police patrols, security teams at shopping centers have instituted their own bike patrols, hired extra personnel and posted private security officers on mall roofs to scan parking lots and create more of a security presence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
After years of serving as a hangout for bands of young cruisers in their souped-up cars and trucks, La Rinda Plaza will be cruised by another kind of vehicle often associated with trouble. And the residents couldn't be happier. About 50 of them came out Monday to check out the police cars and the officers who will drive them to and from the new Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division substation at La Rinda Plaza shopping center.
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