Alamance Crossing To Ban Unaccompanied Minors On Weekends

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BURLINGTON, N.C.-- Local shopping center implements curfew to curb unsupervised teens.

Alamance Crossing's management says it's been having trouble with large crowds of teenagers at the open air retail site.

Starting June 15th, the mall will deal with that problem by requiring all kids to be with an adult that is 21 or older on Fridays and Saturdays after 6 PM.

The new policy is called the Youth Escort Policy, or YEP. Any child under 18,  will need an adult over 21 to escort them while at the mall after 6 PM on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bart Suppes with CBL & Associates, which owns Alamance Crossing and Hanes Mall, said the new policy is the result of a high level of 'incidents' in 2011 and 2012.

"We have had numerous conversations with the community, police department our merchants and the school systems. We've implemented this other places and we feel as if this is something that will help us on those evenings," Suppes said.

One store manager said the main concern with unsupervised teenagers is shoplifting. Suppes did not specify which 'incidents' had become a problem but said the policy had succeeded in other CBL & Associates properties.

"We actually have it at 24 of our centers throughout the country and each time we have it, it has been very positive," Suppes said.

Hanes Mall has had the YEP for about a year, and Suppes said business was had improved as a result of the program.

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