Georgia apartment residents have a right to protect their families and feel safe and secure in their homes. By law, Georgia apartment owners have a responsibility to protect their residents from violent crime, sexual assault, and foreseeable harm. Unfortunately, all too often, apartment complex owners are more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than protecting tenants and their guests.
The Sandy Springs Police Department urges prospective tenants to check apartment complex crime and security measures prior to renting:
Sandy Springs Apartment Safety Checker
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to renting an apartment is safety. Feeling safe in your own home is important to any renter. There are a few steps you can take to help in your research.
- View the neighborhood crime rate. Using the Apartment Safety Checker tool, you can compare the criminal activity in your chosen area.
- Visit the area. If possible, walk, drive, or take a bus through the area to see how safe it is. If there is a particular route you would use to get to school or work, use that. Consider the quality of the area both during the day and at night.
- During your apartment tour, look for secure entrances and exits; lighting around sidewalks, stairwells, hallways, mailboxes, laundry rooms and other common areas; and security features such as peepholes, deadbolt locks, and any on-site security.
The Apartment Safety Checker Map, created in conjunction with Sandy Springs Police, provides the numbers on incidents reported within the individual apartment communities. Included as part of the Apartment Safety Checker program are: Part One Crime (murder, rape robbery, aggravated assault, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, narcotics offenses), as well as Disorderly Conduct and Loitering/Prowling. Any unfounded reports of crime are excluded from the totals.
Want to know how a particular Sandy Springs apartment complex measures up in terms of safety? Check out the apartment complex crime-per-unit index or call Sandy Springs police for detailed information on a particular complex or unit.
Victims of Georgia Apartment Assault or Injury: What Are My Legal Options for Justice and Compensation?
As each case and property is unique, victims of violent apartment crime should speak with an experienced security negligence firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, is preserved and their best interests are protected.
We Fight for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence in Georgia. Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.
The Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for one of our Clients in Fulton County State Court.
We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.
Choosing the Right Attorney
Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.
Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!
You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:
– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.
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