Property owners have a responsibility to keep their property reasonably safe for people who have a right to be there. For apartment complex owners, hotel property owners and other commercial property owners, this includes keeping the property secure from reasonably foreseeable criminal activity. Areas of vulnerability, such as secluded hallways, entrances and exists, parking areas and other spaces should be appropriately evaluated for risk and corrective measures should be taken to keep patrons safe.
When a property owner fails to utilize proper safety measures, leaving patrons vulnerable to assault or rape, the property owner may be held financially responsible under premises liability laws.
We hold property owners accountable for negligent security measures that influenced an attack on our clients. Negligent security could involve:
- Failure to use surveillance equipment (such as video tapes) where warranted
- Failure to provide high-intensity lighting in a parking garage or other appropriate locations
- Failure to hire security officers to patrol certain areas
- Negligence of security personnel in making rounds regularly or observing security monitors
- Lack of security features (such as key entry) at hotel entrances, apartment entrances and certain business entrances