Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

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A Marietta mother of three was reportedly the victim of a sexual assault at her 1250 West apartment home, off Powder Springs Street, Tuesday morning, March 3, 2015.

According to The East Cobb Patch and WSB-TV, a masked intruder broke into a Marietta apartment home as a mother was preparing her three young children for school.  According to reports, the intruder forced the three children, all under 10-years-old, into a back room before sexually assaulting their mother.

Someone apparently called 911 and police arrived on scene within minutes. Authorities reportedly established a perimeter around the apartment complex and were able to detain a suspect fitting the victim’s description. He has allegedly been taken into custody for further questioning.

Residents of the complex remain terrified for the safety of their families following the assault. One neighbor of the victim reportedly told media, “I have two kids, so if there’s going to be home invasions then I’m not going to be staying here.”

Our Legal Take

As police continue to investigate, The Murray Law Firm is questioning how the intruder was able to gain access to the property and whether a potential security lapse may have contributed to this horrific assault.

A resident review of the complex alleges, “the gates are almost always broken…so if safety is your thing, you might want to keep looking.” Was the assailant a resident of the 1250 West apartment complex and, if not, how did he gain entry to the property? Were the apartment gates working at the time of the assault? Did the gates allow an intruder to follow a resident vehicle into the complex?

What other access-controls, such as security patrols and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents and deter crime? How did these security measures fail?

Under Georgia law, apartment owners are required to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of a property security lapse, such as broken gating, or previous crime on or near property, they have a duty to implement security precautions to protect their residents and deter crime. Should they fail in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries that occur as a consequence.

As the details of this assault continue to develop, the survivor may be entitled to pursue civil claim against the owner and management company of 1250 West Apartments. A claim of this magnitude will demand the apartment complex reevaluate property security, potentially sparing other victims.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed on the victim’s behalf immediately before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken gating, is repaired, damaged or destroyed. Although legal proceedings are of little importance following such a hardship, it is critical the victim of this attack retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and her family’s best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly in its representation of victims of sexual assaults and apartment security negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

SAC EM Update

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A fatal double shooting at the Campus Crossings Apartments reportedly claimed the life of one victim and left another injured early Friday morning, February 27, 2015.

According to WTOC, the shooting occurred around 1:30am Friday morning at the Campus Crossings Apartments on Lanier Drive, near the Georgia Southern University campus. Authorities apparently told media that one student was shot and transported to the hospital with injuries. A second victim, reportedly not a student, was killed in the attack. Campus Crossings is not part of GSU housing, though residents are primarily students, per media reports.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

This is apparently not the first violent assault at the Campus Crossings complex. Media reports indicate previous assaults in 2009 and 2012. Friday’s fatal double shooting comes only days after police responded to reports of gunfire at the Campus Evolution Villages apartment complex nearby. Given the violent history on and near the property, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal security lapse may have contributed to this tragedy.

Was the gunman a resident of Campus Crossings and, if not, how did he gain entry to the property? What access controls, such as gated entry, security fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the shooting? What apartment unit security features, such as alarm systems, deadbolts, peepholes, and security bars, were available to the victims?

How have the Campus Crossings owner and management improved security following previous incidents of violence on property? What emergency precautions, such as police patrols and resident warnings, were implemented by the owner and management following reports of gunfire at the nearby Campus Evolution Villages only days prior to this fatal shooting?

Under Georgia law, apartment owners and management companies are required to protect all residents and guests legally on premises from any foreseeable harm. Should an apartment complex have knowledge of previous violence on or near property, they may have a duty to implement extraordinary security measures to protect residents and deter future crime.

Given the alleged history of violence on and near the property, The Murray Law Firm suggests it is possible the owner and management of Campus Crossings failed in their responsibility to protect these two victims. If so, the families of these victims may elect to hold the apartment complex owner and management company civilly liable their injuries and wrongful death. Claims of this magnitude will demand Campus Crossings reevaluate security measures. Such claims will also serve as a gravely needed message to all Statesboro student-based apartment complexes of the need to make resident safety their first priority. Perhaps, through such legal action, many young lives may be spared.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victims before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Both families should retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive expertise in representing victims and families devastated by apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

SAC EM Update

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A 43-year-old woman was reportedly assaulted outside a Columbus apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, February 24, 2015.

According to The Columbus Ledger Enquirer, a woman was attacked outside a Columbus apartment complex, near Gateway Road, shortly after 12:00pm Tuesday. Her current condition has not been released.

Columbus Police have not yet identified a suspect, leaving community residents concerned for their safety.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for the assailant, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal apartment security lapse may have contributed to this horrific attack.

February 2015 Northeast Columbus Crime Map (spot crime.com)

February 2015 Northeast Columbus Crime Map (spot crime.com)

Was the assailant a resident of the apartment complex and, if not, how was he able to gain entry to the property? What access controls, such as security fencing, gated entry, ID card systems, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place at the time of the assault?

Recent crime reports of the northeast Columbus community surrounding the apartment complex reveal a staggering number of assaults, burglaries, and violent crimes. What additional security precautions were implemented by the apartment complex owner and management following previous area violence to protect residents and deter future crime?

By Georgia law, apartment owners are required to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of previous crime on or near property, they have a duty to implement extraordinary security precautions to deter future crime and protect residents.

Should the owner and management of this Columbus apartment complex have failed in this responsibility, the survivor of this assault may elect to hold the property civilly liable for her injuries and suffering. Claims of this magnitude would demand the property reevaluate security measures and send a gravely-needed message to other Columbus apartment owners on the need to make resident safety their first priority. Perhaps, through these claims, many lives may be spared.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

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