Were You the Victim of a Crime? A Property Owner May Be Responsible
When you enter any Boston property, private or public, you have the right to expect it to be reasonably safe. Not only does this apply to the condition of the premises, such as well-maintained steps with handrails, but it also applies to security measures for the property’s guests.
Buildings and public areas without adequate security place you at unnecessary risk of becoming a victim of violent crimes, which include assault and battery, sexual assault, or robbery. And in some cases, this inadequate security can even be a contributing factor to a loss of life.
If you have been the victim of a crime in Boston and you believe the incident could have been prevented with additional security measures, you need to contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C., at (617) 870-0907. Your initial consultation is free, and you are under no obligation to pursue a case with us after this meeting.
What Areas Are of Concern in Boston?
With nearly three-quarters of a million people residing in Boston, there may always be some crime in the city. And most residents know that certain areas present a greater risk. But there are also places where the responsibility falls to property owners and management to provide a reasonably safe environment for the general public. Some critical areas requiring security include:
- ATMs. There are over 50 ATMs within just two miles of City Hall, and most patrons are taking money out of these machines, making them easy targets for criminals.
- Parking structures. On-street parking can be scarce in Boston, so parking decks and structures provide a needed service. But they also provide many places for would-be assailants to lurk, waiting for potential victims.
- College campuses. College campuses are designed to be pedestrian-friendly, but they also provide many places for an attacker to hide while waiting for someone to pass by.
Pedestrians in Boston are particularly at risk when walking alone and at night. It is always wise to look for well-lit areas, paths, or venues with security cameras and personnel. In addition, take note of areas that are normally controlled-access, such as apartment buildings or commercial buildings, when a door latch is broken or a door is propped open. This is a good indication the area is no longer secure.
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Was the Property Owner Negligent?
At first glance, you might have believed a property owner was meeting his or her responsibility to provide a reasonable level of security to you. But many factors can show that the need for security was not met. Burned-out light bulbs, which leave a doorway or hallway dark or dimly lit, are the fault of the property owner or the management company. Broken door latches, locks, or handles are also items that should be reported and fixed immediately. And broken or vandalized cameras are also security issues, which could allow a person to become a victim of assault, robbery, or worse.
If you have been a victim of a crime in Boston and believe the property was not secure, contact the personal injury lawyers at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. A single call can schedule your free consultation to discuss the merits of your Boston premises liability case and how to receive compensation for your loss. Call (617) 870-0907 today.