Bullets over Bent Creek: who’s responsible for protecting the shopping center

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Bullets over Bent Creek: who’s responsible for protecting the shopping center from crime?

Written By Andy Shaw
18-23 minutes
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Reprinted with permission from Advocacy Magazine

What’s it like to have a business in one of the city’s crime hot spots? And whose responsibility is it to protect a shopping center?(Photos by Danny Fulgencio).

Editor’s note:
Names of some business owners and their businesses have been omitted out of a fear of retribution. Considering the high rate of crime, the Advocate agreed to this request to protect our sources.

Lauren never saw it coming. 

She was near the entrance of her small business in a north Lake Highlands strip center, waving to a regular client who had just pulled up. Her heavy glass door slammed open with a bang and in flew a young woman with a phone in one hand and a handgun in the other. The intruder grabbed the door handle and held it closed, screaming, “Call the police! He’s gonna kill me!”

A man banged into the door. He gripped a handgun, too, as he jerked back on the door in a tug-of-war with the screaming woman.

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