An assault at Legacy Place last week has led Dedham police to issue a statement aimed at dispelling concerns of gangs of teens instigating fights at the shopping mall.
At about 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 26, police responded to an assault at Legacy Place in which multiple men were assaulted, one of which was transported to Norwood Hospital with an eye injury.
The incident remains under investigation, according to a statement from Dedham Police Chief Michael d’Entremont.
“The Dedham Police have seen allegations indicating certain teens are always at Legacy Place on the weekends instigating confrontations with other youths,” d’Entremont wrote in the statement released Friday, May 3.
The chief went on to say that police are always present at Legacy Place and incident data related to all shopping centers is reviewed on a quarterly basis.
“The Dedham Police have not observed or experienced any regular occurrences or patterns of youths instigating altercations at Legacy Place,” d’Entremont wrote. “To the contrary, our experience has been that youths are closely monitored when at Legacy Place without parental supervision.”
D’Entremont concluded the statement with a list of basic safety tips.
• Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.
• Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance.
•Yelling “Fire!” or “Help!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
• Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.
• Always call 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies.