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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 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 apartment complex owners, property managers and security companies to make resident safety their top priority.

Victims of Las Vegas 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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Escalators-258x300Thousands of families will flock to malls this holiday season. While it can be a magical experience for children, festive store displays and bustling crowds can create or compound risks for young shoppers. Parents Magazine urges families to consider the following mall safety strategies:

Store Display Safety Strategy:

  • Play it safe — don’t let your child poke around displays and platforms. “Not all stores secure their mannequins and displays,” says Denise Dowd, M.D., chief of injury prevention at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, in Kansas City, Missouri. “That means they can easily topple over.”
  • Discourage exploration. Your child may think that crawling underneath a display or clothing rack is tons of fun, but she could accidentally pull the whole thing down on top of her. Don’t let her reach for anything on a table above her sight line either — she might knock over heavy objects or cause the table to tip over.

Shopping Cart Safety Strategy:

  • Keep your kid out of the basket. Buckle her into the fold-down seat of the cart instead (just make sure the safety belt works).
  • Never allow your child to ride on the side or back of the cart.
  • Don’t place your baby carrier on top of the cart. The weight of the carrier may make it tip over.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of your child when you go shopping — it only takes a second for her to fall or a cart to tip while your back is turned.

Escalator Safety Strategy:

  • Hold your child’s hand so you can guide him on and off the escalator and make sure that his fingers don’t get stuck in the gaps of the escalator’s handrail.
  • Tell your child to stand still and face forward. If he sits on the steps, his fingers and feet are closer to the escalator’s rotating parts.
  • Got a stroller? Take the elevator instead.
  • Check your child’s clothing. Make sure his shoelaces are tied, and don’t let him drag his coat or scarf on the ground….If your child gets stuck, hit the escalator’s emergency stop button (it’s usually at the top and bottom of the escalator), or yell at someone to do it for you if you aren’t near it.
Elevator Safety Strategy:
  • Never try to stop the doors from closing with your arm, foot, bag, or stroller.
  • Mind the gap. Make sure that the elevator is level with the floor before you exit. Your child could trip, or his foot could get stuck in the gap.
  • Stand at the back of the car if possible. Never let your child touch or lean on the elevator doors — that’s where most injuries happen.

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Halloween-themed amusement parks and haunted house attractions can pose serious risks to patrons, given frequently low lighting levels, short-term staffing, and frightened patrons. Although these attractions are meant to spook guests, owners have a duty to provide patrons with a safe and secure premises. Safety measures may include weapons screenings, proper staff training and background checks, clearly marked exits, smoke detectors, and crowd control procedures. Should property owners fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, assaults or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

According to CBS Baltimore, a man was stabbed while attending “Nashville Nightmare” with a group of friends Friday, October 12, 2018.

In October 2017, The Los Angeles Times reports, “chaos erupted…when about 15 to 20 teens began snatching cellphones and other belongings from patrons at California’s Great America Halloween Haunt.”

Victims of Halloween Amusement Park Accidents or Violence: Know Your Rights

Halloween amusement park patrons have a right to be safe and secure while enjoying the property. By law, amusement park owners have a duty to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm. This responsibility is particularly critical when overseeing the safety of families. Should an amusement park property owner fail to implement proper security precautions, safety training, or equipment inspections, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.

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ApartmentCrime-300x200Apartment residents have a right to provide a safe and secure home for their families. Unfortunately, tenants have little control over apartment community safety measures and access controls. As such, it is the duty of apartment complex owners and management companies to provide a safe premises for their tenants.

An October collaboration between the Memphis Housing Authority and SafeWays aims to improve safety conditions for thousands of residents.

SafeWays, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the safety and quality of life for Shelby County apartment residents, has partnered with Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) to bring eight MHA-managed properties into its program. SafeWays’ goal is for every apartment neighborhood is to provide a sense of community and an environment free from continuous exposure to crime. MHA estimates about 2,450 households or approximately 4,587 individuals will be positively impacted by the new partnership, which began September 1, 2018. 

The eight MHA-managed properties that were brought into the SafeWays program on September 1, 2018 are:

Borda Towers, 21 Neely
Barry Homes, 255 Lauderdale
Jefferson Square, 741 Adams
Venson Center, 439 Beale
Montgomery Plaza, 1395 Pennsylvania
Kefauver Terrace, 7620 Robinson Cove
GE Patterson Pointe, 866 Latham
Askew Place, 521 Vance Park

Victims of Apartment Violence: Know Your Rights

Memphis apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure in their homes and to protect their families and guests. By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and their guests from any foreseeable harm. Should an apartment complex owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any sexual assaults, injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent apartment security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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AutumnFamily-200x300As families prepare Halloween trick-or-treating plans and costumes, SafeKids Worldwide stresses the importance of also preparing safety strategies:

Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat with an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

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“In the past five years, hundreds of commercial zip-line parks have opened in the United States. At least 400 are open nationwide, and more are on the way. You can zip-line across ski runs in the off-season at Hunter Mountain in New York or over giraffes at the Columbus Zoo. In Paso Robles, California, you can ride the Pinot Express zip line over the Santa Margarita Ranch vineyard. You can even zip-line in your own backyard using DIY kits from companies like Slackers and Ripline,” Outside Online reports. “As adventure parks make their way across the Pacific and open in every U.S. state, the question to ask: Is anyone regulating them?”

Following the tragic deaths of two children, WRAL reports, North Carolina “families are pushing for greater oversight for the industry that currently has very little.”

Rides at the State Fair undergo state inspections each year. So do ski lifts, elevators and moving walkways at the airport. But zip lines and ropes courses don’t get the same treatment….In North Carolina, inspections are self-regulated by the aerial adventure industry.

In July 2018, a “new ropes course at [a lodge]” was temporarily closed “after a child fell,” according to Ozarks First. The young victim was transported to the hospital in “stable” condition.

In September 2018, CBS Boston reports, Duxbury firefighters rescued a 12-year-old girl, who was found “dangling 30 feet in the air by her ankles” on a “a high angle ropes confidence course at [a local camp].”

Victims of Adventure Course Accidents: Know Your Rights

Adventure course patrons have a right to be safe and secure while enjoying the property. By law, adventure course owners have a duty to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm. This responsibility is particularly critical when overseeing the safety of children. Should an adventure course property owner fail to implement proper security precautions, safety training, or equipment inspections, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.

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Bars and nightclubs are often targeted for criminal activity given late hours of operation, typically low levels of lighting, and (frequently) impaired patrons.

According to an April Detroit News investigation, “police have stepped up patrols and enforcement at three downtown clubs in response to gunplay, stabbings and fights outside the venues.” Detroit police Capt. Octaveious D. Miles allegedly told media, “The Bleu Club, the Annex and St. Brigids Bathtub Pub are ‘problem spots.'”

Victims of Michigan Nightclub Violence and Sexual Assault: Know Your Rights

Bar and nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, Michigan property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should a nightclub owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, sexual assaults, or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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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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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.

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ApartmentCrime-300x200While apartment complex owners and property managers are ultimately responsible for the safety and security of tenants and their guests, residents can take precautions to protect their families and neighbors.

The Richardson Police Department urges tenants to start or join an apartment community watch:

Why Do Apartment Residents Need a Crime Watch?

  • Predators enjoy relative anonymity due to large numbers of people coming and going.
  • Residency is usually short-term, and tenants develop no real sense of responsibility for the property.
  • Residents in gated communities can develop a false sense of security. Carelessness abounds.
  • Residents often leave security issues to others, not wanting to get involved.
  • Criminals who feel unthreatened will come back for more.

What Can Residents Do to Take Control of Their Communities?

  • Organize and utilize an Apartment Crime Watch program.
  • Criminals like to blend in, but they should feel threatened, surrounded by so many windows, balconies, doors, and eyes.
  • If residents do not take control, the criminals will! Be protective.It is YOUR HOME!
  • Challenge suspicious behavior by watching and reporting to police.
  • Look and listen out windows.
  • Sit on your balcony and be seen. Be territorial! It is your home! When away, make your unit look and sound occupied.
  • Guests should respect the residents, the property, and behave responsibly.
  • Call police first to report crimes in progress, crimes already committed, or breaches of the peace.
  • Inform your property manager of any incidents the next business day.

For more apartment resident safety tips and community watch information, visit RPD.

Apartment Resident Rights and Owner Responsibility

Apartment residents and guests have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises. By law, apartment owners and management companies have a duty to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment complex owner have knowledge of prior crime on or near property, they have a duty to implement security precautions to protect residents and deter future crime.

The Murray Law Firm encourages all apartment community owners and managers to work with their local law enforcement and to take a pro-active approach to property safety.

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Hookah lounges are often targeted for criminal activity given late hours of operation, typically low levels of lighting, and (frequently) impaired patrons. A rash of at least nine, apparently unrelated Nashville hookah lounge shootings over the past year have raised grave questions over security measures.

Most recently, News 4 reports, a September 2018 shooting “at Tarboosh on the 100 block of 21st Avenue” left a man critically injured.

A Nashville Patch investigation reveals there have been an additional “eight hookah bar shootings in Nashville since mid-May 2017.”

Victims of Tennessee Hookah Lounge Violence: Know Your Rights

Tennessee hookah lounge patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a hookah bar owner have knowledge of prior criminal activity on or near property, they have a duty to implement additional security measures to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a hookah lounge owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, sexual assaults, or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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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The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent gas station security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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Mall and shopping center parking facilities present inherent security challenges as they frequently occupy a large space with low levels of activity and numerous hiding places for would-be attackers. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the shopping center owner to protect patrons and deter crime. However, all too often, property owners are more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure than providing a safe and secure space for their patrons.

In August 2018, News 4 warned viewers about several “creepy encounters at Nashville West” shopping center. “Two women shopping in separate stores reported men following them around. In one case a man tried to get into a woman’s car.”

The News 4 investigation reveals the shopping center was the subject of a fatal shooting in September 2012. 30-year-old Josh McLean was shot and killed “in the parking lot of Best Buy” in “Nashville West.” Tragically, his family is still searching for justice and answers.

“I just don’t understand why it wouldn’t make sense for them to have cameras. I wish they had. My son would still be dead, but maybe we would have a solved case,” Linda McLean told News 4. “There were no cameras then and six years later there still are not.”

Victims of Shopping Center Violence: Know Your Rights

Shopping center patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a parking facility owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Additional security measures may include monitored surveillance cameras, bright parking lot lighting, and visible security patrols. Should a parking facility owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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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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Memphis apartment owners have a responsibility to protect their residents from violent crime, sexual assault, and foreseeable harm. Unfortunately, owners all too often fail to implement and/or maintain critical security measures, leaving residents and their guests vulnerable.

On August 21, WREG 3 reports, “gunfire erupted at…Apartments off Alcy, injuring six people including a pregnant woman.” Tenants reportedly told media the “apartment complex is plagued with violence.”

The subject complex was apparently listed as one of the “top 19 apartments for crime” in July 2017, according to WMC Action News 5 reports, with an alleged 71 calls to Memphis police over a 90 day period.  “Apartments on Kingsgate Drive topped the list with 141 calls” over the same period.

Victims of Apartment Violence: Know Your Rights

Memphis apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure in their homes and to protect their families and guests. By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and their guests from any foreseeable harm. Should an apartment complex owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any sexual assaults, injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent apartment security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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Following “ongoing concerns city-wide about overdoses and sexual assaults associated with drugs like GHB,”  an undercover Seattle narcotics unit seized date-rape drugs and other narcotics during an August nightclub raid, per AJC reports.

“Foundations Nightclub allegedly had several in-house drug dealers, who were allowed to bypass club security and sell inside the venue,” KIRO 7 reports.  Police told KIRO 7, a “drug dealer at the nightclub coached undercover Seattle police officers on how to dose women with date rape drugs.”

The disturbing allegations raise grave security concerns for nightclub and bar patrons across the country. How do patrons protect themselves from sexual predators, particularly when nightclub ownership and management foster such an environment?

The U.S. Department of Health Office on Women’s Health addresses date rape drugs and provides tips to help nightclub and bar patrons to protect themselves from becoming victims of sexual predators:

  • Don’t accept drinks from other people.
  • Open containers yourself.
  • Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.
  • Don’t share drinks.
  • Don’t drink from punch bowls or other common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.
  • If someone offers to get you a drink from a bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink. Watch the drink being poured and carry it yourself.
  • Don’t drink anything that tastes or smells strange. Sometimes, GHB tastes salty.
  • Have a nondrinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.
  • If you realize you left your drink unattended, pour it out.
  • If you feel drunk and haven’t drunk any alcohol — or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual — get help right away.

Victims of Nightclub Sexual Assault: Know Your Rights

If you are a victim of sexual assault get help. Call the police, a friend, or a rape crisis center. If possible, save your clothes, don’t shower or brush teeth, and seek medical attention immediately. If you have a lapse of memory, or wake up in a strange place and feel you might have been a victim of a sexual assault, contact a local law enforcement agency immediately.  Get medical attention as soon as possible.

Bar and nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should a nightclub owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any sexual assaults, injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent nightclub security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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Apartment owners have a responsibility to protect their residents from violent crime, sexual assault, and foreseeable harm. Unfortunately, owners all too often fail to implement and/or maintain critical security measures, leaving residents and their guests vulnerable. Further, in an effort to attract new tenants, unethical landlords will fail to warn prospective tenants of a criminal history on the grounds and even within their prospective unit.

My First Apartment warns:

“While most prospective tenants focus on size, price, location and charm when looking for an apartment, it’s easy to miss checking out another important factor: its criminal record. Believe it or not, an apartment with a background of crime is more common than you think, and can have a huge impact on future tenants….Tenants who have moved into apartments where prostitution or drug dealing took place may face both unsettling and dangerous futures in their new home. With unsavory strangers loitering around their apartment and knocking on their door looking for the previous tenant, feelings of privacy and safety can be compromised.”

Before You Move In

  • Research Crime on and Near Property: Speak with local police and potential neighbors to get an accurate idea of crime on property and in the surrounding area. Run the apartment address in search engines and crime mapping websites prior to move.
  • Observe Lighting and General Maintenance: Is there working lighting in all parking areas, elevators, stairwells, hallways, mail and laundry rooms? Does the overall property upkeep show a lack of concern by property management? Do you see any broken fencing or gates?
  • Check Access Controls: Do residents control entry to the property, buildings and common areas through a key, fob, or passcode? Does the property have working entry gates and, if so, do the gates allow outsiders to follow resident vehicles onto property? Do units have deadbolts on doors, locks on windows, and security bars on sliders? Are any fire escapes stored above ground, preventing intruders from reaching apartment? Will landlord replace all locks between tenants prior to move?

Victims of Apartment Violence: Know Your Rights

Apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure in their homes and to protect their families and guests. By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and their guests from any foreseeable harm. Should an apartment complex owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any sexual assaults, injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent apartment security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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Gunfire erupted outside a Bartlett Taco Bell July 3, tragically claiming the life of a 17-year-old boy, according to WALB News. Days later, WLOX  reports, Georgetown police discovered a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at a Kentucky Fried Chicken. On Friday, the AJC reports, a mother-of-three was killed in an attempted carjacking outside an Atlanta Burger King. These senseless tragedies raise grave questions over security measures at late-night fast food restaurants.

Late night hours, vulnerable patrons and proximity to major roadways frequently make fast food restaurants a target for criminals. As such, restaurant owners need to take adequate security precautions to protect their patrons.

  • Place an off-duty officer or security personnel in the parking lot.
  • Ensure parking lots are well-lit with clear sight-lines to reduce potential hiding places.
  • Provide adequate staffing and violence prevention training. Implement employee safety procedures.
  • Implement visible surveillance cameras at all entrances, registers and parking areas.

Victims of Fast Food Restaurant Shootings: Know Your Rights

Restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a restaurant owner have knowledge of prior criminal activity on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a restaurant owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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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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Parking facilities present inherent security challenges as they frequently occupy a large space with low levels of activity and numerous hiding places for would-be attackers. While store and parking facility owners are required by law to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm, patrons can take steps to protect themselves.

WKRN asked self-defense instructors, Cat and Liz Fitzgerald, to demonstrate how potential victims can protect themselves from predators in stores and parking facilities. Watch the video here.

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WKRN urges store parking lot patrons to follow these guidelines in a “carjacking situation”:

  1. Just Give Thieves What They Want: If a carjacker approaches you and demands to take your car, let him.
  2. Park Close to Parking Garage Exits and Back Into Spaces: A quarter of all carjackings occur in parking garages or parking lots, or near commercial areas.
  3. Your Phone Is Your Enemy: Walking to your car, phone in hand, or even just sitting in the driver’s seat with your phone might turn you into a target because you’re not paying attention to your surroundings.

Victims of Store and Parking Facility Violence: Know Your Rights

Store and parking facility patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a parking facility owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a parking facility owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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Gunfire erupted inside a Nashville Waffle House in April, claiming the lives of four people and leaving two others injured before a courageous customer was able to tackle the gunman. The tragedy has placed a spotlight on criminal activity at 24-hour diners across the country, leading The Daily Meal to ask, “Why Are So Many Crimes Committed at Waffle Houses?”

The Daily Meal investigation alleges a startling number of violent crimes at Waffle House locations, including shootings in New Albany, Indiana, Oklahoma City, and Biloxi, Mississippi. However, the violence is not limited to Waffle House. Other 24-hour diners also appear to be targets for criminal activity. Media reports reveal Junior Catilus was killed outside an IHOP in Miami Springs on June 18; Mylik Butcher was killed and a woman was injured in a Cedar Hill IHOP shooting in April; and a 21-year-old was injured outside a Hot Springs Arkansas IHOP in March.

Late night hours and proximity to major roadways frequently make 24-hour diner chains a target for criminals. So, what can be done to protect patrons and employees? Security measures may include:

  • Place an off-duty officer or security personnel at the restaurant entrance and/or in the parking lot.
  • Ensure parking lots are well-lit with clear sight-lines to reduce potential hiding places.
  • Provide adequate staffing and violence prevention training. Implement employee safety procedures.
  • Implement visible surveillance cameras at all entrances, registers and parking areas.

Victims of 24 Hour Diner Violence: Know Your Rights

Restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a restaurant owner have knowledge of prior criminal activity on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a restaurant owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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ProperLighting-298x300Apartment owners have a responsibility to protect their residents from violent crime, sexual assault, and foreseeable harm. Unfortunately, owners all too often fail to implement and/or maintain critical security measures, leaving residents and their guests vulnerable.

Proactive, Active and Reactive Security

Apartment owners and property managers should employ a variety of security measures to both deter and respond to injuries, violent crimes and sexual assaults. Bravo Three, a private security company, recommends apartment owners invest in a mix of proactive, active and reactive security measures.

“Proactive security is any measure that is set in place that will deter criminal activity before it happens….The most important aspect in all of security is providing a visual deterrent.” -Bravo Three

  • Are all parking areas, grounds, hallways, stairwells, and common areas well-lit?
  • Does landscaping minimize hiding places and provide strong sight-lines?
  • Is the perimeter secured with gated and/or guarded entry and fencing?
  • Are visible surveillance cameras positioned throughout property as a deterrent?
  • Are residences equipped with deadbolts, door viewers, window locks, and sliding door security bars?
  • Are pool areas secure after-hours with working locks and alarms?

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Parking garages present inherent security challenges as they frequently occupy a large space with low levels of activity and numerous hiding places for would-be attackers.

A woman was sexually assaulted in the RSA Battle House Tower parking garage Tuesday, June 5, 2018, according to FOX 10 reports. Police told media the incident occurred “around 9:20 a.m. in the RSA Tower parking garage on Water Street.”

The attack raises grave security concerns for parking facility owners throughout the state. Mobile police are now making “suggestions to RSA on how to improve security so a crime like this doesn’t happen again.”

“This is a pretty open parking garage. It’s pretty easy for people to get into,” Public Safety Director James Barber told FOX 10. “There is a lot of walk through traffic also that occurs between the RSA and YMCA and so again, what type of measures can they reasonably take to secure the area from unauthorized entry and certainly people that are up to ill will.”

Victims of Parking Facility Violence: Know Your Rights

Parking facility patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a parking garage owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a property owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, rapes, sexual assaults, or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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A June 2018 CNN investigation alleges, “[r]ideshare companies Uber and Lyft have approved thousands of people who should have been disqualified because of criminal records.”

The rideshare apps’ driver screening processes have been under scrutiny since an April 2018 CNN investigation, revealed there are “at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. who have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years.”

Despite these disturbing allegations, most states have allowed Uber and Lyft to continue to operate with little or no regulation. CNN reports, “Of the 43 states that have passed laws or rules regulating rideshare driver background checks and eligibility, none require fingerprint-based checks, CNN found. In 31 states, the laws largely mirror Uber’s recommended screening policies, in some cases nearly word-for-word.”

Victims of Rideshare Assault: Know Your Rights

By law, all patrons of taxi, limo and ridesharing services have a right to feel safe and secure while in the vehicle. Assaults and rapes at the hands of transportation service drivers have become all too frequent and raise grave questions about employee screenings and criminal background checks.

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An argument outside Kelley’s Market gas station in Madison reportedly escalated into gunfire early Sunday morning, May 27, 2018. Thankfully, The Wisconsin State Journal reports, nobody was harmed during the shooting. However, the incident raises grave concerns over security and safety measures at Madison area gas stations.

Gas stations are often targets for criminal activity due to (frequently) late hours of operation, accessibility to major roadways, and vulnerable patrons. The National Crime Prevention Council urges patrons to reduce their risk of becoming victims by taking the following safety precautions:

  • Pick stations that are well-lit and have video surveillance cameras at the pump.
  • Always remove your keys and lock the doors while you are pumping gas.
  • Keep valuables out of plain view in your vehicle and lock the doors even if you are going inside for a moment.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Don’t let your cell phone distract you.

Victims of Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, business owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gas station owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Additional security measures may include bright lighting, a security guard or off-duty police officer, surveillance cameras, and bulletproof pass-through windows for cash transactions. Should a gas station owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent gas station security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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NightClub-300x200Defying a culture that has all too often silenced victims of sexual harassment, the #MeToo movement has ushered in a heightened social awareness of sexual misconduct in the workplace and beyond. Predators once protected by corporate profit margins and a social taboo of openly discussing harassment, sexual assault, and rape, are finally being held accountable and a fresh intolerance for such behavior is trickling into other social corners.

A January 2018 Noisey investigation explores How Nightclubs Are Taking a Stand Against Sexual Harassment amid the #MeToo movement:

Noisey interviewed a broad range of partygoers and nightlife professionals in New York City, and their words paint a troubling picture: that of one of the city’s best-known industries is struggling to adequately confront harmful behavior in the spaces where people go to enjoy themselves….

Several industry sources noted that clubs generally have internal policies around how to control customers’ behavior and deal with violent incidents—for example, when to stop serving someone alcohol, or when to call the police and how to deal with them when they arrive. Nevertheless, it’s rare for venues to have detailed policies for dealing with harassment specifically, and still less common for them to make those policies public. This lack of explicit protocol is surprising given how vulnerable nightlife venues can be to this kind of behavior….

There are signs of change, however. As Noisey’s reporting revealed, some New York clubs are beginning to tackle harassment more transparently, engaging actively with their customers and formulating explicit policies on how to stamp out such behavior.

Can Victims of Nightclub Sexual Assault Seek Justice and Compensation? 

Bar and nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should a nightclub owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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CampusEmergencyPhone-225x300College campuses often create a false sense of security for the students who live there. Potentially thousands of students on campus make it nearly impossible for residents to control access to their dormitories or identify an intruder. Additionally, sprawling grounds, buildings and landscaping can provide hiding places for would-be predators.

RAINN urges students to take the following precautions on campus:

Know your resources. Who should you contact if you or a friend needs help? Where should you go? Locate resources such as the campus health center, campus police station, and a local sexual assault service provider. Notice where emergency phones are located on campus, and program the campus security number into your cell phone for easy access.

Stay alert. When you’re moving around on campus or in the surrounding neighborhood, be aware of your surroundings. Consider inviting a friend to join you or asking campus security for an escort. If you’re alone, only use headphones in one ear to stay aware of your surroundings.

Be careful about posting your location. Many social media sites, like Facebook and Foursquare, use geolocation to publicly share your location. Consider disabling this function and reviewing other social media settings.

Make others earn your trust. A college environment can foster a false sense of security. They may feel like fast friends, but give people time earn your trust before relying on them.

Think about Plan B. Spend some time thinking about back-up plans for potentially sticky situations. If your phone dies, do you have a few numbers memorized to get help? Do you have emergency cash in case you can’t use a credit card? Do you have the address to your dorm or college memorized? If you drive, is there a spare key hidden, gas in your car, and a set of jumper cables?

Be secure. Lock your door and windows when you’re asleep and when you leave the room. If people constantly prop open the main door to the dorm or apartment, tell security or a trusted authority figure.

Victims of College Campus Sexual Assault: Know Your Rights

Students have a right to feel safe and secure in their dormitories and on their college campuses. By law, colleges are required to protect all students and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should college administration have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect students and deter furture crime. Should they fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, sexual assaults, or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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Hundreds of Miami Northwestern High School students held a peaceful walkout to protest gun violence following a Liberty City apartment shooting, which claimed the lives of two of their classmates and left two others injured.

According to CBS Miami, “The students are angry and upset about continuing gun violence in their neighborhood, which took two more lives Sunday including 17-year-old Northwest Senior High student Kimson Green and former student Ricky Dixon, 18….Another Northwestern High 12th grade student and an unidentified fourth person both survived.”

The young victims were apparently sitting on the lawn outside a row of apartments when gunfire erupted. The tragedy is part of “an escalating wave of violence” in the community, per CBS Miami reports.

Preventing Youth Violence

The CDC has released a group of strategies to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent youth violence and its consequences. Read the full report here.

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Victims of Miami Apartment Violence: Know Your Rights

Families should not be afraid in their own homes. While community leaders and law enforcement work to end violence in the Liberty City and Brownsville neighborhoods, local apartment owners must do their part to deter crime and protect residents. Apartment residents and guests have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises.  By law, apartment owners and management companies have a duty to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of prior violence and criminal activity in the surrounding area, they must take reasonable steps to protect residents and deter future crime. Additional security measures may include gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, security patrols, surveillance cameras, emergency call boxes, and off-duty police patrols. Should a property owner fail in this critical duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.

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Gym parking facilities present inherent security challenges as they often operate during dark, early morning and late night hours. Further, gym parking facilities frequently occupy a large space with low levels of activity and numerous hiding places for would-be attackers. While gym and parking facility owners are required by law to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm, Montgomery Chief of Police and former Secret Service agent, Jim Napolitano, urges patrons to take security precautions of their own.

KPRC Channel 2 asked Chief Napolitano to show patrons:

What To Do If Someone Is Waiting for You In the Gym Parking Lot

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Chief Napolitano’s Top 4 Safety Tips for Parking Lot Safety:

  1. Check your surroundings.
  2. Keep a safe distance between you and strangers.
  3. Create a path for movement.
  4. If it doesn’t feel safe, go back inside. Don’t go to your car.

Victims of Gym and Parking Facility Violence: Know Your Rights

Gym and parking facility patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gym owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a gym owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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HotelOpenDoor-300x211Hotels and apartments are frequently targets for criminal activity. Guests and tenants have little control over, or knowledge of, those entering and exiting the property, making it difficult to identify a person who does not belong. This is particularly dangerous in isolated common areas, such as a parking lots, laundry rooms, and swimming pools. Hotel and apartment complex grounds are frequently landscaped with trees and bushes, providing ample hiding spaces for criminals, especially at night.

Hotel and apartment owners have a responsibility to deter such crime and protect guests from foreseeable harm. Proactive security measures, such as guarded entry, fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and access-controlled common areas, help to reduce risk of violence.

Local law enforcement often provides crime prevention training programs for apartment and hotel owners, managers and security staff.  The Reno Police Department describes their Crime Free Multi-Housing & Hotel initiative as “a state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce crime upon properties. This program was successfully founded by Tim Zhering of the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992. The program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 48 U.S. States, 5 Canadian Provinces, England, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico.”

Property owners and managers are encouraged to implement security precautions and training programs, such as the one described above, to protect guests and deter crime.

Guest Rights and Property Owner Responsibility

Hotel guests and apartment tenants have a right to be safe and secure while on property. By law, hotel and apartment owners have a duty to protect those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should a property owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.

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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.

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Swimming-Pool-200x300Summer is fast approaching and with it families and friends will flock to community pools. Apartment owners and managers should take this time to ensure property swimming pools and spas are both clean and safe.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that each year 383 children younger than age 15 drown in pools and spas, and that there are more than 5,000 emergency room visits by kids each year with submersion injuries.

Because apartment community pools are often unsupervised, property owners should not only promote safety and awareness to residents but also practice it. Owners and operators should follow local, state, and federal regulations to ensure the safety of their facilities and to minimize drowning and injuries that can otherwise turn a pool party into a tragic event.

Industry experts with Property Management Insider urge apartment complex owners and managers to create a safe pool and spa environment for residents by following the below safety tips:

Have the Appropriate Equipment

  • Fences or barriers – a physical obstacle that surrounds an outdoor pool or spa so that access to the water is limited to adults – should be installed and checked for reliability. A successful pool barrier prevents a child from getting over, under or through it to gain access to the pool or spa.
  • The pool or spa should be checked to ensure compliance with federal and local laws and regulations.
  • Safety drain covers compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act should be in place.
  • Pool and spa pumps should be checked to ensure proper operation.
  • Life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles should be easily accessible.

Ask Yourself

  • Are there water safety rules posted in a visible area for adults and children to review?
  • If your property has no lifeguard, does your staff periodically monitor the pool or spa when it’s in heavy use or during special events?
  • Do you recommend to residents who use the pool to bring their cell phone in case of emergency?

Train Your Staff in Water Safety

  • Property staff members should be trained and certified in first aid and emergency response.
  • Staff members should know how to perform CPR on children and adults. Training should be regularly updated.
  • Understanding the basics of life-saving – for any staff member on site – can mean the difference between life and death during a pool emergency.

Read more swimming pool safety tips at Property Management Insider.

Apartment Resident Rights

Apartment residents and guests have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises. By law, apartment owners and management companies have a duty to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. Should a property owner fail in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.

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Apartment owners have a responsibility to protect their residents from violent crime, sexual assault, and foreseeable harm. Unfortunately, owners all too often fail to implement and/or maintain critical security measures, leaving residents and their guests vulnerable. As such, the Tampa Police Department urges tenants to take safety precautions to protect themselves and their families from becoming victims.

TPD Apartment Safety Tips

  • Always lock your apartment door, windows and patio doors when you leave and before you go to bed. Use a drop bar to secure sliding glass doors.
  • Report lost keys, burned-out lights, non-functional locks or doors, and broken windows to the resident manager and request they be replaced immediately.
  • Get permission to install a deadbolt lock or peephole.
  • Leave a tv, radio or light on when you go out — or set up a timer.
  • Get to know your neighbors so you’ll know if someone doesn’t belong.
  • Have your keys ready as you approach your car and apartment door. Never hide spare keys.
  • Never prop open entrance doors and leave them unattended.
  • Do not linger alone in common areas.
  • Make sure valuables are locked out of sight in your parked vehicle.

Visit the TPD site for a complete list of apartment safety tips.

Victims of Apartment Violence: Know Your Rights

Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should an apartment complex owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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Nightclubs are often targets for criminal activity given late hours of operation and the (frequent) presence of alcohol. By law, bar and nightclub owners are required to protect their patrons from any foreseeable harm. The City of West Hollywood also urges patrons to practice safety precautions to protect themselves from potential predators.

Sexual Assault Prevention Safety Tips

  • Never accept a drink from anyone except the bartender and watch your drink being mixed. 
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Never leave a bar or club with someone you have just met.
  • Avoid neighborhood danger zones: dark parking lots, alleys, walk ways with tall shrubs, walls, and fences.
  • Move away from unsafe situations if you feel threatened.

Read more safety practices here.

Best Safety Practices for Nighttime Establishments

Although a sexual assault may not occur within a nightlife establishment itself, management and employees can help prevent their premises from being exploited by sexual predators who may seek to take advantage of vulnerable patrons . Alcohol consumption can be a strong contributing factor to the loss of judgment and failure to perceive danger, which can lead to a tragedy. 

Employees should be attuned to behavior that seems overly familiar, aggressive or seductive under the circumstances, especially if the potential victim is visibly intoxicated or seems to be impaired.

Read more best practices here.

Victims of Nightclub Sexual Assault: Know Your Rights

If you are a victim of sexual assault get help. Call the police, a friend, or a rape crisis center. If possible, save your clothes, don’t shower or brush teeth, & seek medical attention immediately. Don’t isolate yourself, don’t feel guilty, and don’t just try to forget about it.  If you have a lapse of memory, or wake up in a strange place and feel you might have been a victim of a sexual assault, contact a local law enforcement agency immediately.  Get medical attention as soon as possible.

Bar and nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should a nightclub owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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A deadly shooting outside an Albuquerque laundromat tragically claimed the life of Cody Fair Saturday, April 14, 2018, per KRQE reports.

The incident underscores the critical need for all parking lot and laundromat owners to provide a safe and secure premises for their patrons.

Industry experts with Coinomatic urge laundromat owners to take a proactive approach to customer and employee safety by:

  • Communicating with local law enforcement and business owners and monitoring crime mapping sites
  • Installing surveillance cameras and alarm systems
  • Keeping windows unobstructed and premises (inside and out) brightly lit
  • Implementing a credit card or smart card laundry vending system to reduce cash flow on property
  • Providing employees workplace violence training

Patron Rights and Property Owner Responsibility

Parking lot and laundromat patrons have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. By law, property owners have a duty to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm.

Laundromat owners are encouraged to implement property security precautions and preventative measures, such as those outlined above, to protect patrons and reduce property violence, injuries and deaths.

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ParkingSafety-199x300The National Institute of Justice warns, parking facilities are often targets for crime as they frequently “comprise a large area with relatively low levels of activity” and inherent security challenges. As such, the NIJ urges parking lot and garage owners to incorporate crime prevention into facility design.

  • Lighting: Does the facility meet required illuminance standards, providing adequate, uniform lighting?
  • Natural Surveillance: Does the facility provide an open facade, high ceilings, and adequate lighting to allow patrons to easily observe their surroundings?
  • Stair Towers and Elevators: Are stair and elevator waiting areas open to the exterior and/or the parking areas? Are potential hiding places below stairs closed off?
  • Access Control: Does the facility employ security screening and/or fencing at points of low activity to discourage anyone from entering the facility on foot while maintaining openness and natural surveillance?
  • Signs and Graphics: Do signs and graphics (such as color coding and unique memory aids) orient patrons to move quickly in and out of the facility, making them less vulnerable to attack?
  • Panic Buttons and Emergency Phones: Are panic bars and emergency phones located in elevators, lobbies, stairs and parking areas?
  • Security Personnel: Is there a visible presence of uniformed officers? Do officers frequently patrol the facility, varying their routes and schedule?

Victims of Parking Facility Violence: Know Your Rights

Parking lot and parking garage patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a parking garage owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Should a parking facility owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent gas station security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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ParkingLotSafetySign-240x300Gas stations are often targets for criminal activity due to (frequently) late hours of operation, accessibility to major roadways, and vulnerable patrons.

OSHA warns, late-night retail businesses, such as gas stations and convenience stores, “are prone to robberies.” As such, gas station owners are urged to “reduce their risk by improving visibility and surveillance, controlling customers’ access, and limiting the availability of cash.”

Such measures could include:

  • Limiting window signs to low or high locations and keeping shelving low so that workers can see incoming customers and so that police can observe what is occurring from the outside of the store;
  • Ensuring the customer service and cash register areas are visible from outside the establishment;
  • Placing curved mirrors at hallway intersections or concealed areas;
  • Maintaining adequate lighting inside and outside the establishment;
  • Installing video surveillance equipment and closed circuit TV to increase the likelihood of identification of perpetrators;
  • Using door detectors so that workers are alerted when someone enters the store;
  • Having height markers on exit doors to help witnesses provide more accurate descriptions of assailants;
  • Installing and regularly maintaining alarm systems and other security devices, panic buttons, handheld alarms or noise devices, cellular phones and private channel radios where risk is apparent or may be anticipated;
  • Arranging for a reliable response system when an alarm is triggered;
  • Installing fences and other structures to direct the flow of customer traffic into and around the store;
  • Controlling access to the store with door entry (buzzer) systems;
  • Installing physical barriers such as bullet-resistant enclosures with pass-through windows between customers and workers; and
  • Using drop safes to limit the availability of cash to cashiers and posting signs which state that cashiers have limited access to cash. 

Victims of Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, Georgia property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gas station owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Additional security measures may include bright lighting, a security guard or off-duty police officer, surveillance cameras, and bulletproof pass-through windows for cash transactions. Should a gas station owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent gas station security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

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Bar and nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, nightclub owners and managers must protect their guests from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a nightclub owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect guests and deter such crime. Additional security measures may include weapons screenings, bright parking lot lighting, security patrols, crowd management training, and surveillance cameras. Should a nightclub owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

I am the Victim of a Nightclub Shooting. Should I Hire an Attorney that has Telephoned Me or Contacted Me Directly?

The American Bar Association Rule 7.3 states that a lawyer “shall not” contact a prospective Client through a “live telephone” or an “in-person” visit. 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.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

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.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent nightclub security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.

 

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Nightclub and bar owners are required by law to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm. This critical responsibility is a challenge for any venue serving alcohol, which often contributes to violence and criminal activity. As such, nightclub owners and managers need to implement proactive security measures to protect their patrons and deter crime.

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Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens, according to the NHTSA and DOT. Tragically, every one of these losses is preventable. We urge parents and teens to join the fight to end distracted driving by making the pledge to drive phone-free together.

Simply visit distraction.gov to download the pledge, build one another’s trust and save lives.

Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people each year. I pledge to:

  • Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
  • Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
  • Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.

Download The Pledge Here!

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The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families devastated by distracted drivers. We offer our legal assistance, if desired. 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.
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BouncerSunglassesThe Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of nightclub security negligence and their families. More importantly, we help these victims and their families obtain the justice they deserve. The tragic common denominator behind all of these cases is that they may have been prevented with proper venue security and safety precautions.

Nightclub & Bar magazine has published “Keep Your Bar Safe with These 3 Steps,” highlighted below. We urge nightclub owners to learn from these tips and be proactive in creating a safe and secure atmosphere for their patrons.

1. Security Starts at the Front Door: Strong lead doormen are vital for maintaining a safe environment for guests. Strong in this context refers to more than physical strength. Doormen must also be mentally strong enough to refuse entry to potential troublemakers. This sounds much easier than it is in reality. Strong security staff members know how to refuse entry to troublemakers and diffuse potential altercations with people who believe they are entitled to enter your venue.

2. Actively Engage and Neutralize Threats: Strong security personnel do not wait for trouble to begin before they intervene…. Security staff are constantly scanning the environment, communicating with guests and other members of the security team, and identifying potential threats as the night is underway.

3. Work with Local Law Enforcement: Strong security staff know the local police and gang suppression teams, and work to build good relations with them. Sometimes, all it takes is a text message sent to a local police officer to get a known gang-affiliated person who the security staff cannot and should not attempt to confront removed from the premises.

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ParkingLotSafetySignShopping mall patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on premises, whether shopping or walking to their car.

AAA Mid-Atlantic warns, shoppers face an increased risk of distracted drivers and parking lot crime during the busy holiday season. They have released a list of parking lot safety guidelines for drivers, pedestrians and shoppers:

  1. Stay on guard in parking lots. Be aware of your surroundings and park in well-lit areas when shopping during early morning hours and at night. When returning to your vehicle, have keys ready in hand, check under your car and in the back seat before getting in, and lock your doors as soon as you get in. Watch for loiterers and report suspicious people.
  2. See and be seen. Use your headlights when scouring parking garages for spaces, even in the daytime. Avoid parking between a pair of tall SUVs or minivans where it might be hard for you to back out of the space. If you can’t see well enough to back out safely, get help from one of your passengers.
  3. Slow down, buckle up and obey the laws. Drive the speed limit, stop at stop signs, don’t park in spaces designated for disabled persons, and don’t text and/or talk on the phone. Ensure all passengers are buckled up even if it is a short trip to another part of the parking lot, as even a low-speed collision can result in injuries.
  4. Refrain from reverse. If possible, avoid backing out of a space by either backing into it or pulling through two spaces that are open nose-to-nose.
  5. Look out for children and distracted pedestrians. It can be difficult to see small children in busy parking lots, who may make quick, unpredictable movements. Hold the hands of your children to keep them safe from traffic. Also, watch out for those focused on their smartphones.
  6. Stay on track and alert. Pedestrians should use walkways and crosswalks, if available. If walking in the traffic lanes is unavoidable, be alert for subtle cues — including exhaust or reverse lights — that signal a vehicle is about to pull out.
  7. Lock your car and hide valuables. Thieves like to window shop. Place all shopping bags and valuables in the trunk, including the GPS and its mount, and always lock your car. Remove any evidence, such as GPS suction cup marks from the vehicle’s windshield. It takes a thief just seconds to smash a window and steal your shopping loot.

Read the complete list of safety tips at WTOP News.

Shopping Mall Patron Rights

Shopping mall and parking lot owners have a responsibility to protect patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should they fail in this duty, victims may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for any injuries or wrongful deaths, which occur as a consequence.

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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.

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Could this tragic Winston-Salem apartment shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Davis’ family?

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Security measures are under scrutiny after a Winston-Salem apartment complex shooting claimed the life of 17-year-old Tyrese Tamil Davis Wednesday evening, November 7, 2018.

According to FOX 8, the shooting occurred “at the Cambridge Apartments complex on West 23rd Street,” shortly before 8 p.m. The young victim, a Mount Tabor High School student, was transported to the hospital, where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Police told the Winston-Salem Journal, this “was not a drive by shooting” and “there are witnesses who have yet to come forward.” As police continue to search for suspects, another party’s role in this grievous loss comes into question.

Our Legal Take

Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, and security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect Tyrese Davis at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Tyrese Tamil Davis’ family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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Could this tragic Frederick bar parking lot shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Swann’s family?

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45-year-old Robert Alan Swann Jr. was shot and killed during “an assault outside Cactus Flats Bar and Grill in Frederick Maryland on Friday night,” November 2, 2018, according to WTOP News.

Police told WUSA 9, Mr. Swann was discovered in the “parking lot…with serious injuries,” shortly before 11p.m. Tragically, he succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene.

Our Legal Take

Bar and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What security measures, such as weapons screenings, bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, and security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Swann at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the bar or parking lot owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Robert Alan Swann Jr.’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Property Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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Could this violent robbery have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Ms. Tong?

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44-year-old Diem Tong “was held up at gunpoint and shot near the Pueblo Mall on 156 W. 29th Street, around 7:15 p.m. Saturday night, November 3, 2018, according to FOX 21.

Shopping center employees told News 5, “they’re always on guard for shoplifters.” One hairdresser showed the reporter “the business card of a police officer who responded last week when she called to report a suspicious man walking around with a gun.” The incidents raise grave questions over security measures in the parking lot.

Our Legal Take

Shopping center patrons and employees have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • What additional security measures, such as bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, clear sight lines, and visible security patrols, were implemented by the shopping center parking lot owner following media reports of prior criminal activity on property?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the shopping center parking lot owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Diem Tong may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for her injuries

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Parking Lot Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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Could this senseless Watertown shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims?

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Five people, ages 19 to 23, were shot and injured when gunfire erupted early Saturday morning, November 3, 2018, “at Club Rio on Franklin Street,” according to the Watertown Daily Times. The victims were transported to Samaritan Medical Center. Their conditions and identities have not been released.

Police have since made an arrest and increased patrols in downtown Watertown, per News 7 reports.

Our Legal Take

Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • What security measures, such as weapons screenings, bright parking lot lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, and off-duty police, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the nightclub owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Nightclub Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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Could this tragic Oakland gas station shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Davis’ family?

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23-year-old Elijah Davis was shot and killed “at…[a] Gas and Food station in the 6200 block of Seminary Avenue” Monday night, October 29, 2018, according to The Mercury News. A second victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the same attack.

Police told the East Bay Times, “the two men, who were friends, were at the station standing outside their car when at least one gunman began shooting at them from a nearby street.”

Our Legal Take

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • What security measures, such as bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, clear windows, and security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the gas station owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Elijah Davis’ family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death. Additionally, the survivor of this shooting may pursue legal claims for his injuries.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Gas Station Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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Could this tragic Indianapolis apartment shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Odom’s family?

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Security measures are under scrutiny after an Indianapolis apartment shooting claimed the life of 25-year-old Ferrell Odom and left another man injured Wednesday night, October 17, 2018.

According to FOX 59, gunfire erupted at the “Scarborough Lake Apartments” in the “6400 block of Maidstone Rd.” shortly after 6:00 p.m. Both victims were transported to the hospital, where Mr. Odom tragically succumbed to fatal injuries. The condition and identity of the second victim have not been released.

Police told CBS 4, investigators “do not have a suspect in custody or motive at this time.”

Our Legal Take

Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Ferrell Odom at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Ferrell Odom’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death. Additionally, the surviving victim may pursue legal claims for his injuries.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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Could the senseless shooting of this young man have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim?

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A 19-year-old man was shot and injured outside the “West Lane Shopping Center, near the intersection of Michigan and 71st St.” October 24, 2018, according to FOX 59.

Indianapolis police told CBS 4, “[t]hey believe a disturbance in the parking lot led to the shooting.” The young victim was transported to the hospital “in critical condition.”

Our Legal Take

Shopping center patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property? What security measures, such as surveillance cameras, clear sight lines, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect patrons at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the shopping center parking lot owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Parking Lot Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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Could this violent Beckley apartment shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim?

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A 29-year-old man was shot during an apparent robbery home invasion “at the Hargrove Street apartment complex” Tuesday morning, October 23, 2018, according to The Register-Herald. The victim’s identity and current condition have not been released.

Beckley police are searching for two suspects “wanted for Malicious Wounding, First Degree Robbery and Conspiracy after the break-in,” per WVNSTV reports.

Our Legal Take

Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • How did the suspects gain entry to the property? What security measures and access controls, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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.

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