Each of us has a legal responsibility to behave in a way that prevents injury to others. This means that we have a duty to drive safely, keep our dangerous dogs restrained, and warn of any obvious dangers on our property. If we get behind the wheel drunk, let our vicious dog loose, or fail to clear an icy sidewalk, we are behaving negligently. This makes us responsible for any injury that occurs.
Landlords, business owners, and other property owners have a similar responsibility to protect the safety of their customers, visitors, and others who are legally on the property. This means that owners must take reasonable steps to protect against any foreseeable dangers, including crime.
Suppose you live in an apartment building on Harrison Avenue and you are robbed when a maintenance worker leaves the lobby door propped open. Is it a case of bad luck, or could your landlord have prevented the incident?
What if you are assaulted in a shopping center parking lot? You didn’t see your attacker because the parking-lot lights were out. Is it your fault for shopping after dark, or did the owner’s failure to maintain the parking-lot lighting contribute to the crime?
As a Rockford crime victim, you have the right to pursue a negligent security claim if you and your attorney can show that the property owner knew, or should have known, that there was a risk of crime and did not take steps to prevent crime from occurring.
Do you think that you have a negligent security claim? Contact Hupy and Abraham and ask to schedule a free consultation. The appointment is completely confidential and there is no obligation.