The following is a press release from the Cherry Hill Police Department:
The weeks before and after Christmas include some of the busiest shopping days of the season. Over the last few years, malls nationwide have seen an increase in the number of unattended juveniles that are dropped off at retail shopping centers creating disturbances and engaging in criminal behavior. The Cherry Hill Police Department will have officers patrolling the parking lots and the interior of the mall as well as other retail shopping centers in Cherry Hill.
The Cherry Hill Police Department and Cherry Hill Mall Management want everyone to have a safe shopping experience. Parents and guardians should not be dropping off their children unsupervised at retail shopping centers. Juveniles not acting responsibly will be escorted from the property and those engaging in criminal behavior will be arrested and prosecuted.
Cherry Hill Mall Management will enforce a parental escort policy on Thursday Dec. 26 starting at 4 p.m. until mall closing at 9 p.m. All guests 17 and under are to be accompanied by a parent or supervising adult age 21 or older. Proof of age is required for admittance. One parent or supervising adult may accompany up to four youths.