Georgia apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure in their own homes. Yet, while home owners can implement any security precaution they deem necessary to protect themselves and their families, apartment tenants are largely at the mercy of their property owner and management company to deter crime. Security measures may include gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, off-duty police patrols, private security personnel, bright lighting, and background checks for both tenants and employees. Sadly, such precautions are all too often neglected to limit financial exposure. This inaction and greed can have devastating consequences.
Police told WSB-TV 2 they are searching for “a man who they say has robbed at least eight people at gunpoint at their Buckhead and Midtown apartment complexes in the last month.” The robberies “have spanned five separate apartment complexes,” including “the Allure Complex on Peachtree Valley Road and the 1660 Luxury Apartments on Peachtree Street.”
According to The AJC, two women were robbed in separate incidents “at the Brookwood Valley Apartments in Buckhead” on November 7, 2018.
“Brookhaven Police were called to the Post Glen Apartments on Peachtree Road on November 24,” per 11 Alive reports. In that incident “the gunman took the woman’s purse and shot her in the thigh.”
The robberies raise grave questions about apartment complex security measures and what property managers are doing to protect tenants.
Victims of Atlanta Apartment Assault or Injury: What Are My Legal Options for Justice and Compensation?
By law, Georgia apartment complex owners have a duty to protect tenants and guests from any foreseeable harm. Should a property owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, sexual assaults, or wrongful deaths suffered as a consequence. Compensation may be in the tens of millions of dollars. As each case and property is unique, victims of 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.
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