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So, when shopping this holiday season, do you feel safe shopping at Mayfair Mall?
So, when shopping this holiday season, do you feel safe shopping at Mayfair Mall?

Do you feel safe at Mayfair Mall?

Out on the west side of town, I stopped at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa for a little Christmas shopping last night. Expecting the insanity that ensues during the holiday season, I was surprised to find parking easy and the crowds more than manageable.

I can’t say the negative press that plagued the mall three years ago ever kept me from going there, but last night reminded me of the hundreds of conversations about mall safety during the holidays for the last several years.

It’s been two and half years since the mall instituted the parental escort policy requiring individuals to show ID and be accompanied by an adult during specific mall hours. Mayfair has increased mall security personnel, parking lot surveillance and now calls in the Wauwatosa police at the first sign of disturbance.

So, when shopping this holiday season, do you feel safe at Mayfair Mall? Has the fear associated with the muggings and attacks from a few years ago been assuaged by security measures? Would you still opt to shop elsewhere? Do you feel Bayshore Mall is safer?

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Poeartemer | Jan. 5, 2011 at 2:43 p.m. (report)

34291 I have shopped at Mayfair Mall since before my sons were born....they are in their 30's.... I have NEVER felt unsafe there! It is a great mall!

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BritBird | Dec. 22, 2009 at 5:31 p.m. (report)

My car was broken into at Mayfair Mall. Despite this, I don't feel unsafe. I just make certain to put my belongings in my trunk. I don't know anyone who feels unsafe at Mayfair b/c of the diverse clientele (which by the way, is not particularly diverse), actually most people I know just worry about whether their cars will be burgled.

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KT | Dec. 4, 2009 at 2:18 p.m. (report)

It's unbelievable how many irrational people there are in the world. I've never felt any more or less safe than I did before the escort rule went into effect.
I work with the children you're all so afraid to encounter, and they're just that, children. Get out of your bubble and experience the world. Just because someone looks different than you doesn't mean they are someone to feel unsafe around.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, go back to your snow white suburbanland if you feel so "unsafe."

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rich | Dec. 3, 2009 at 6:01 p.m. (report)

I have never had the slighest feeling of being unsafe at Mayfair Mall. I am a 48 year old man from Mequon and I am probably there at least 2 or 3 times per month. I feel perfectly save day or night, weeend or weekday. I enjoy the movie theater at Mayfair as well.

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LegallyBlonde | Dec. 3, 2009 at 11:54 a.m. (report)

34046 I always feel safe at Mayfair. Except the T-mobile guys who surround always shoppers and ask if they need a new phone.

Makes me feel like Frodo during the scene with the dead kings on black horses with no faces.

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