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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. Apartment complex security measures may include gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, visible security patrols, bright lighting, and background checks for tenants and employees. Sadly, such precautions are all too often neglected to limit financial exposure. This inaction and greed can have devastating consequences.

Survivors Fight Back

Apartment complex owners and management companies are required by law to provide a safe premises for all residents and guests legally on their property. They must prevent any foreseeable harm, such as rapes, sexual assaults, and shootings. For example, should an apartment complex owner have reason to anticipate a criminal act based on knowledge of a security lapse (such as broken fencing or lighting) or of previous crime on or near property (such as a prior sexual assault or break-in), he or she then has a duty to deter such crime and protect those legally on their premises from harm.

Should a property owner or management company fail in this legal responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, sexual assaults or wrongful deaths, which occur as a consequence. Under such a claim, victims may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; and, emotional distress.

In May 2018, The AJC reports, a Clayton County jury awarded an apartment rape survivor $1 billion dollars in a civil suit. The survivor, who was only 14-years-old at the time of the unconscionable assault, told media the verdict “validates her struggles and emotional pain.” The case also serves as a grave warning to other Clayton County apartment complex owners, property managers and security companies to make resident safety their top priority.

Victims of Georgia Apartment Sexual Assault: What Are My Legal Options for Justice and Compensation?

As each case and property is unique, victims of apartment sexual assault 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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Our Clients frequently come in concerned that they won’t be able to afford legal help. We believe everyone has a right to exceptional legal service. We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. This means our interests are always tied to that of our Clients. Be sure to ask any potential personal injury attorney about their fee schedule and whether they represent Clientele on a contingency basis before signing a contract.

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ApartmentCrimeHigh foot-traffic in apartment complexes increases the risk of intrusion and crime. As such, renters need to take particular precautions in selecting and securing their homes.

Safewise offers tips to renters on securing apartments against robbery home invasions:

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

No matter where you live, you need to keep an eye on what’s going on around you. This means taking note of your neighbors and the friends they keep. Both before you move into a new area, and periodically throughout living in any neighborhood, it’s a good idea to check local crime reports and the National Sex Offender Registry to see who is living near you.

You can’t control everyone who walks by your home, but you can be observant. By getting to know your neighbors, as well as apartment management if that’s where you live, you’ll have an easier time identifying someone who shouldn’t be there. If you notice someone who you don’t recognize working on an apartment in your building, call your building management or 911.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

By the very nature of apartment living, your home is part of a community and your neighbors are essential. In apartment complexes, word can spread fast, loud or unusual noises are likely heard by many, and where there are more potential witnesses for anything that happens. While the space between houses may make hearing suspicious noises or seeing strange activity more challenging, neighbors are also important in single family home scenarios. You’ll likely feel more secure having an extra set of eyes keeping watch in the neighborhood.

Secure Your Doors and Windows

Many apartment dwellers may think their front door is the only place that needs to be secured, but that’s not true. Even if you’re living on the fifth story of an apartment building and have a window, especially one that is accessible from a fire escape, it is important to secure all possible points of entry into your residence.

While it’s always important to lock all doors and windows, you can take your door and window security a step further by installing additional hardware. If you have a sliding door, place a solid safety bar made of metal that will help prevent the door from opening. You can also install jimmy plates that will help prevent the sliding door from being lifted off its track. With windows, there are several second locks you can easily install to help make them more secure.

Security Systems

Many of the same security options available to homeowners are available to apartment renters. You can use cameras, motion detectors, and wireless security systems that don’t require drilling holes that might void a deposit.

Security Checklist Before Moving In

  1. Make sure your doors and windows all open and shut smoothly and lock tight without effort. You want all the locks functioning smoothly, as this should never be a difficult task.
  1. Ensure your landlord or property manager replaced the locks after the previous tenants moved out. If they didn’t, require this gets done. You never know who has a copy of your keys.
  1. If you’re moving into an apartment building, check all exterior doors or windows that lead to common space in the building and make they’re secure. Once a potential burglar is in the building, they are one door away from your possessions.
  1. Talk to other residents and ask them about their experiences in the neighborhood or building. If they all feel safe, you likely can too. If they all raise the same concern, consider it a red flag.
  1. Regularly check everything: your own locks, how the exterior doors shut, if lights in hallways and alleys work, etc.

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We Fight for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence in Georgia…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News DeskThe 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 at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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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:



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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