Category: Negligent Security

Violent Crime Thrives on Landlord Apathy

Criminal violence is a massively complex issue with many interconnected factors. The behavior of landlords may not be the sole root of the problem, but it does play a much bigger part than many people realize. Once it becomes common knowledge that violence often happens on a particular property, and the perpetrators get away with it, other potential perpetrators become emboldened to hurt people on that property. In fact, that’s often how crime hotspots form — one or two businesses prove th...

Apartments That Enable Gun Violence Put Georgia Children at Risk

Property management companies would like tenants to believe that they are renting at their own risk. While most tenants know they have some right to safety, when it comes to things like leaking gas lines and toxic mold, many believe the “at your own risk” myth when it comes to violent crime. It’s true that there are limits on what a landlord can and should do to protect tenants from gun violence. For example, residential landlords do not have the authority to interfere with legal gun owner...

Apartment Landlords Can Be Sued for Gun Violence Against Children

Atlanta’s children live with the constant threat of gun violence, and many will never get the chance to grow up because of it. Dozens of people aged 18 and younger were killed in shootings in Metropolitan Atlanta this past year alone. The danger isn’t limited to mass shootings at school or in public places. In fact, most of these deaths from 2021 occurred individually or in small groups, nearly half of them in or near homes. As grieving and worried parents know all too well, low-income ...

Apartment Complexes Must Protect Residents from Local Crime Patterns

Many people consider it a fact of life that only the rich can afford safety. Those who don’t own their own homes or pay luxury rates for their rentals end up living in areas with higher rates of violent crime, often in buildings lacking basic security measures. When a resident falls victim to a crime, there’s often an attitude of “you get what you pay for,” and an assumption that the landlord couldn’t possibly do anything about the local crime rates if they wanted to. As prevalent as this ...

Man Shot at Gas Station Could Have a Case Against BP

A BP customer was hospitalized with several broken bones and a collapsed lung after an altercation outside a DeKalb County gas station on January 5th, near the corner of South Hairston Rd and Redan Rd. As the survivor describes the attack, he was approached by a young man who offered to sell him marijuana. After he declined, the man signaled to several others with gang signs, and more arrived in a black SUV. One of the men grabbed the survivor and slammed his head repeatedly against the wa...

MARTA Police Fail to Catch an Armed Assailant

On January 12th, a man was assaulted while riding a MARTA train, just before it arrived at the East Point station. Another passenger captured video footage of the attack, in which the assailant holds the victim at gunpoint while repeatedly hitting and kicking him. The victim’s sister, who spoke to the press, only found out about the attack when someone tagged her on the video, which had been posted to Instagram. Although shaken up by what she saw, she says her brother is going to be okay, ...

What is Negligent Security?

Negligent security is a part of the law that falls under the category of premises liability. Premises liability covers harm that a person could experience on a business’s property as a result of negligence on the part of the business. This could include things like slip and fall injuries where there is no "wet floor" sign, injuries or deaths incurred by poorly maintained elevators or escalators, and any number of other potential harms. So, what is negligent security? Negligent security is th...

What are Examples of Negligent Security?

When you go out to enjoy yourself in a public place like a park, club, or movie theater, you have the right to expect the owner to keep the area safe. This falls under an area of the law called premises liability: property owners can be held liable for damages done on their property, if it can be shown that the owner’s failure to provide a reasonable degree of security contributed to the harm. This post will give you a few examples of negligent security, but bear in mind that these are only a...