Day and night, throughout North Texas, the police are called to a particular store.
They break up fights. They deal with the late night drunks. They pick up shoplifters, and document evidence of stolen goods.
Often, when officers arrive, they’re greeted like old buddies. After all, cops are responding to Wal-Mart more than any other location in many cities and towns.
In recent months, the retail giant has come under fire by local officials across the U.S. complaining that its hundreds of stores are a drain on police resources. But what about here?
News 8 randomly selected five North Texas cities and asked each of them for the top locations their police departments respond to most frequently.
For three years in a row, Wal-Mart stores were either the No. 1 visited location, or near that, in Garland, McKinney, Fort Worth, Lewisville and Carrollton.
In cities with multiple stores, all of them scored high. For instance, Fort Worth’s five Wal-Mart locations ranked first, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth in calls for service. Read the full story here