Sufficient Security? Our Legal Take: Man Killed in Apartment Home Invasion
A resident of the Skylofts apartments was reportedly forced to jump from his balcony in an attempt to escape home invaders Tuesday night, December 8, 2015.
According to WSBTV News, the victim escaped to the balcony at “the Skylofts on Oak Street in southwest Atlanta” when three men began kicking in his apartment door.
“In fear of his safety, [he] went out to the balcony and at some point, they did make entry and he subsequently jumped, which injured him in a very serious way,” Atlanta police Maj. Adam Lee told media.
Police are still searching for suspects. The intruders were apparently caught on surveillance camera leaving the apartment with “items they had stolen from [the victim’s] apartment.”
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether this tragedy may have been prevented and the level of security provided to residents of the apartment complex.
- How did the intruders gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the home invasion?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security, the family of the victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Based upon its extensive and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against apartment complexes in Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the apartment and property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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