News reports indicate that the hunt continues for a serial killer who apparently seeks out shops in Brooklyn’s Flatbush area with no security camera on site. These cases should put all New York City property owners on high alert and encourage them to take appropriate safety measures – for themselves and for everyone who sets foot on their property.
In addition to taking reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable injuries from slip and falls and other accidents on its premises, all private and public entities are responsible to protect their customers and passengers from assault and robbery through efficient security measures. The duty is greater if a property owner is aware of a security problem.
If the area is known for attacks, assaults, robberies or gang activity, the property owner may be obligated to:
Install more secure door locks and window security
Set up alarm systems and other security measures
Provide security guards or other security personnel
Maintain security cameras, particularly at ATMs
Install sufficient lighting in common areas such as stairwells and parking lots
Evict or provide security measures against customers or tenants who endanger the safety of others
Since risks to the public vary from location to location, a court will analyze all the factors that lead to a particular assault. If you or someone close to you has been attacked due to inadequate security measures at a particular location, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the property owner.
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