Atlanta's Lenox Square Mall has adopted a new policy requiring all minors to be accompanied by an adult.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult while on mall grounds.
According to FOX 5 News, the mall's parent company, Simon Property Group announced the new policy on Wednesday.
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Simon Property Group, which also owns the upscale Phipps Plaza across the street from Lenox, said the new policy begins on September 21.
The company said the "youth supervision program" will required minors to be with an adult age 21 or older after 3 p.m. every day while on the property.
In a statement to FOX 5, Simon Property Group and Lenox Square said the new policy was created after hearing from the Buckhead community.
"Lenox Square is committed to providing a pleasant and family friendly shopping environment for all guests. The program is in response to feedback from the community and community leaders, as the center reinforces its commitment to the community to provide a pleasant, family friendly shopping environment."
The mall already has metal detectors at all entrances and beefed up security after several shoppers were shot recently.
Two 15-year-olds have been arrested and charged with shooting a security guard at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta.
The shooting occurred outside the Apple store near the mall entrance at 3393 Peachtree Road around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Cellphone video shows two armed suspects wearing all black and face masks attempting to rob a male guard in his 40s.
The guard appeared to be luring the two suspects away from the Apple store toward the parking lot when they opened fire.
According to 11 Alive News, the guard is hospitalized in critical condition with at least two gunshot wounds.
After the shooting, police combed the area and located the two suspects at the nearby Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel. Police say the suspects, a boy and a girl, were arrested at the scene.
The suspects are charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm, and a laundry list of other charges.
Police recovered two firearms that may have been used in the shooting.
Atlanta is crippled by an unprecedented crime wave after out of towners burned and looted Atlanta during the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
Lenox Mall has been the scene of multiple shootings and incidences of violence since last year.
The Simon Property is located across the street from upscale Phipps Plaza, also a Simon Property. The company installed metal detectors at the entrances of both malls.
The response to the crime wave has been weakened by the lack of law enforcement as many police officers turned in their badges following last year's riots.
As a result of the criticism, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced her decision not to seek reelection.
According to sources within the mayor's office, she is moving to another state to accept a lucrative position in the private sector.
On Wednesday, millionaires Michael Vick, left, and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton partnered with Nike and Lenox Square Mall to host Vick's annual holiday shoe giveaway for Christmas. Vick and Big Boi blessed dozens of underprivileged children from the Big Kids foundation (Big Boi's charity).
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