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ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Negligent Security

ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Unfortunately, it seems like every week these days we learn about another violent attack at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida (UCF.)  This week was no exception. According to the OrlandoSentinel.com website, an unidentified man was shot in the back when he was approached by a gunman in the parking lot of the Marquee Apartments located across the street from UCF.  Apparently the man robbed the victim, and shot him as he was trying to leave.  Unfortunately, the Marquee Apartments have been the scene of several violent crimes in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers obviously go out to the victim of the shooting.  Nobody parks their car in a commercial parking lot in a college area and expects to be the victim of violence in apartments near UCF – and nobody should.  With all of the reported violent crimes in the area around UCF, one would think that the businesses in that area would be taking a serious look at security and making improvements. All businesses owe their patrons a duty to provide reasonable security under the circumstances.  If an area is particularly violent or crime-ridden, security measures will need to be heightened.  Many times this will mean that a business needs to employ additional security officers.  Sometimes it may mean installing gates, doors, or security cameras. It would be interesting to learn what the Marquee Apartment was doing in terms of security.  When the owners see their apartment complex named in multiple stories about violent crime over series of weeks or month, it would seem like they might be taking extraordinary measures to prove to the public that their complex is safe.  It clearly seems like they still have some work to do. If you have any questions regarding a violent attack at an apartment complex or any business or commercial enterprise, or if you want to learn about any aspect of a Florida negligent security case, please call Winter Park personal injury/wrongful death attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit our website 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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