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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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Where Was Security When Two Men Shot In Altamonte Springs Apartment Parking Lot?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Negligent Security

I hoped that after the holidays I would stop seeing stories about people being shot out in common areas of Central Florida apartment complexes, but it seems that my hopes have been dashed. I was sad to see yet another article in the Orlando Sentinel on this topic – this time involving the Altamonte Villa apartment complex on Orienta Avenue. In a scenario similar to one I blogged about just a couple of weeks ago, three residents of the Altamonte Villa complex were approached by two men who apparently attempted to rob them. In the course of the robbery one of the residents was shot and another was pistol-whipped. The third resident was able to escape and call 911. Apparently, the assailants were last seen running away through the apartment complex. Although the article did not say so, I hope the two gentlemen who were injured are going to be okay. In situations like this one, the physical injuries are often overshadowed by feelings of helplessness and violation. As a Winter Park negligent security lawyer, I was particularly struck by the comment in the piece about the attackers running away through the complex.  Apartment complexes that know, or should know, of violence and criminal activity on or near their premises, have a duty to control the ingress and egress of people on to their property. Reading that the attackers were escaping through the complex makes me question how much control (or knowledge) the Altamonte Villa complex had about who was coming or going. If the apartment complex had information about violence or crime in the area over time, then more or heightened security would be in order. If an apartment complex does not use reasonable care in keeping residents safe, victims of violence or crime could have a valid negligent security claim. If you have any questions about negligent security cases, call us at...

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