Genesee Valley Center steps up security measures

FLINT TWP. — The Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township has taken up extra security measures to keep shoppers safe this summer.

Namdar Realty Group, the partnership which owns and operates the Genesee Valley Center on 3341 S. Linden Road, has increased the mall’s current number of security staff and is working with the Flint Township Police Department to add more patrols at the mall. The added safety measures were put into place after a Macy’s store manager was attacked by a customer in mid- June.

“These steps reinforce management’s commitment to working alongside my team at the property to continue to ensure the safety and security of our merchants, employees and patrons,” said Gary Thomas, mall manager for the Genesee Valley Center.

If mallgoers witness suspicious activity, such as an altercation between customers, they are instructed to contact mall security personnel.

“Namdar Realty Group encourages concerned patrons to contact mall security should they have cause for alarm,” Thomas said. “In the event that a shopper does not have security’s number readily available, merchants and mall employees have it on hand and are happy to call on a patron’s behalf.”

Flint Township police are still searching for Damire Palmer, an 18-year-old Mt. Morris Township man who assaulted a 50-year-old Macy’s store manager in what investigators are calling an unprovoked attack. Palmer has been charged with intent to do great bodily harm, a 10-year felony.

Macy’s, which is owned by the brand and has an independent process to monitor the store at the Genesee Valley Center, has also increased its security measures following last month’s incident.