If you were the victim of a crime that was at least partially the result of the lack of security on someone else’s property, you may have legal recourse. You cannot compel the state to press criminal charges but your Victims Advocate Lawyer can help assure that the rights provided to you by the Victims Bill of Rights are upheld.
At Justice 4 Crime Victims we know how difficult it is to feel helpless after being the victim of a crime. We can help you through all aspects of this experience, from helping you prepare for your part in the criminal trial to filing civil charges. In some cases, a third party may be held responsible – such as if said third party did not have adequate security on their property.
Defining a Lack of Security
One of the things that must be proven is that there was inadequate security – but what exactly does that mean? The answer depends largely on the specifics of the crime. What is always true is that Justice 4 Crime Victims can help determine if inadequate security contributed to the dangerous situation.
We will consider whether or not there were security cameras or alarms. If there were, we will assure they were properly monitored. We will look into whether or not there was enough lighting if the crime took place in a staircase, parking lot, or walkway. We will check to see if any levels of security was enough for the number of residents or visitors at the location.
If there were numerous incidents of crime on or near the property in the recent past, this is a sign that someone was not keeping the property safe. If it is a residential area and the tenants were informed by their property manager that there was ongoing criminal activity, this will be taken into consideration. We will find out if there was enough maintenance on security equipment, and what the procedures were for preventing crime.
Someone Should Be Held Accountable if You Were the Victim of a Crime Due to an Easily Avoidable Security Breach
The bottom line is that if someone else had a duty of care to provide a secure, safe location and they did not do so, then they could potentially be held liable for any damages that resulted. This includes the cost of your medical care, missed work, and property damage, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
If you have been the victim of a crime and you need an attorney who can help you navigate the challenging situation you are, then you want to work with Justice 4 Crime Victims. Contact us now at 949-585-9055. We can provide a free legal consultation so you will know exactly what your options are.