Sara’s heartbeat quickened when she realized that she had lost her
front door key somewhere in the darkness. It takes two keys to get into
her apartment; one for the front door, and the other to unlock her apartment
door. Somehow, she had lost the former.
As she walked back to her car to search for the lost key, she quickly remembered
that she could enter the building through the back door. “Thank
goodness the landlord still hasn’t fixed that broken door,”
Sara proclaimed out loud.
The landlord has received numerous complaints about the broken back door.
Not only is the lock broken, but the door does not close completely. Sara
was one of the tenants that complained, but this night, she silently praises
the landlord’s laziness.
Walking down the corridor to her apartment door, Sara is grabbed by her
right shoulder and spun around. Her bag of groceries falls to the floor.
Suddenly, she comes face to face with…her sister, Beth, laughing
in full delight.
Beth has come to visit her sister and decided to scare her. She followed
Sara around the back of the building and into the hallway. Amazing, Beth
had thought, that Sara never heard her coming.
Experienced Newburgh negligent security attorneys know that this story could have turned out a different way. Sara could
have been attacked by an unknown intruder, robbed, beaten, raped and even murdered.
Crimes like this happen all over the country and the cities, towns, and
villages in and around the Hudson Valley regions of New York are not exempt
for these types of crimes. Certainly, any criminal offender should pay
for his crimes. But other parties can be held accountable too.
Providing for reasonable security is a responsibility that property owners
must supply. What is reasonable will depend upon the circumstances. At
the most basic level, properly functioning doors with working locks is
required. More could and will be required sometimes. Lighting must be
adequate, even video cameras may be needed. Security guards may be needed
on the premises. If crime is known and persistent, residents should be
notified about the danger.
If a building owner’s
negligence compromises the security of the property, and such results in harm coming
to residents and guests, the owner can be sued in a court of law. The
victims and their loved ones can be compensated for all of their losses
traceable to the owner’s negligence.
While the above tends to focus on negligent security in residential buildings,
readers should know that providing for reasonable security applies to
all types of property; office buildings, stores, shopping malls, and the
like, in addition to residential property.
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