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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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Notice (Like This) Is Key Element In Florida Negligent Security Cases

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Negligent Security, Uncategorized

I saw an interesting story on the WFTV.com website that I thought provided a good illustration of how the concept of “notice” works in a Florida negligent security case. The story (see the video below) is about the rash of increasingly violent crimes being committed against University of Central Florida (UCF) students at an apartment complex across Alafaya Trail from the school. “Notice” is a concept that actually protects property owners in a case like this one.  If an apartment complex has no knowledge of, or reason to suspect, that frequent and increasingly violent criminal activity is occurring, it would be very difficult to hold the complex liable for damages if a resident or guest was injured, or worse. However, as the WFTV story shows, this particular Orlando apartment complex now has little room to argue that it doesn’t know about the crimes.  The interesting thing now will be what the apartment complex chooses to do about it.  Does the complex just operate “business as usual”, or does the complex beef up security by hiring additional guards, installing surveillance video cameras, or at least warning residents and guests of the frequent criminal activity? If you have any questions regarding a Florida negligent security case, or if you have been victimized as a resident or guest of an Orlando apartment complex, call Winter Park negligent security 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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