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Safety From Shooting IS Possible At Orange County Apartment Complex

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Negligent Security

Safety From Shooting IS Possible At Orange County Apartment Complex

I read with great interest an article on WFTV.com describing a phenomenon that many apartment complex owners and managers say is impossible. On May 27th, Orange  County Sheriff Jerry Demings officiated a ceremony certifying the Beacon Hill Apartments as Orange County’s first Crime-Free Multi-Housing Complex.  The certification is the culmination of a three-phase project that took almost five years to complete. The project included multiple property upgrades such as door peepholes and fencing around the entire complex.  Applicant screening became much more rigid.  The property manager of Beacon Hill indicated that it took tens of the thousands of dollars to achieve the certification. I say, “Bravo” to the owners and managers of Beacon Hill.  When we bring negligent security cases against apartment complexes after our clients have been shot, raped, or otherwise assaulted, the complexes always say that they cannot afford to put increased security measures in place.  They always say that they would have to drastically increase rents to make their properties as safe as we would like them to be.  Or, they say that the complexes are just located in dangerous neighborhoods, and therefore tenants should expect a certain level of crime. The Beacon Hill experience tells us that these arguments are nonsense.  If an apartment complex is seriously committed to providing a safe environment for residents and guests, it can make it happen.  It might take some effort, and will almost undoubtedly cost some money.  However, these seem like small prices to pay to provide a safe place for our children to grow up, and for our elderly to live out their golden years. Here’s hoping that Beacon Hill remains a Crime Free Complex, and that other apartment complexes in Central Florida (and particularly those with reputations for crime and violence) follow suit. If you have any questions regarding a Florida apartment shooting, rape, or assault, or a claim for negligent security, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill for a free consultation at...

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Were Gates In Use At Orlando Apartment Where Drive-By Murder Occurred?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Negligent Security

Were Gates In Use At Orlando Apartment Where Drive-By Murder Occurred?

Family members are left to wonder what kind of security measures were in place at the Alta Apartments in Orlando after a young man was killed, and two others were injured in a drive-by shooting on Sunday. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Earl Alonzo Allen, 22, was tragically found dead from a gunshot wound after a car carrying several young men drove by a group of people who were gathered near the rear of the complex and started shooting.  At the time of this writing it was unclear whether law enforcement authorities had information regarding the identity of the shooter(s) or even the make and model of the car. As Florida wrongful death attorneys who have seen more than our fair share of tragedies like this one, our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Allen.  Twenty-two years old is too young for a life to expire — especially like this.  Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the surviving victims of the shooting in hopes for a speedy recovery. If I was a member of Mr. Allen’s family, I think I would want to know what kind of security was in place at the Alta Apartments.  The news article mentioned that the apartment complex was gated.  However, what kind of gated control was in place if a group of young men could freely enter, do their shooting, and safely exit the complex?  Where was the security guard to take down the shooter’s tag number or identify the vehicle?  Was the surveillance video or still camera capturing images of the shooting or the shooters’ vehicle? If an apartment complex has security measures in place, but fails to put them to good use to protect its residents or guests, the complex can be held liable in damages for negligent security. If you have a question about a potential negligent security or shooting claim, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Winter Garden Man Killed Outside Tampa Hotel – So What Did Hotel Know About Danger?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Negligent Security

Winter Garden Man Killed Outside Tampa Hotel – So What Did Hotel Know About Danger?

I was extremely saddened to see a story on the WESH website about the tragic death of Agustin Osorio at a Tampa Extended Stay hotel last weekend.  Apparently, Mr. Osorio was in the parking lot of the hotel, where he was staying as a guest while working on a construction project, when a man approached him, demanded cash, and shot him. I can only imagine the devastation that Mr. Osorio’s family is feeling.  After all, this man was spending time away from family and friends in Tampa to earn a living, not be killed by an act of senseless violence. If I was a member of the Osorio family, I would want to know what this Extended Stay hotel knew about the crime and violence in the surrounding area.  I would want to know if there had been any robberies, attempted robberies, or other acts of violence on the hotel premises in the past.  Importantly, I would want to know everything that the hotel had in place in terms of security to keep its guests safe from this kind of thing. If the hotel did not take all of this kind of information about danger into account, and take reasonable steps or measures to provide security and protect guests, the hotel (and any business similarly situated) could be held liable for damages (in this case, for wrongful death) by way of a negligent security claim. If you have questions regarding a negligent security, or wrong death, claim, call Winter Park negligent security lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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