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When you walk into a privately owned business, you expect to be safe. When you come home to your apartment complex, you expect to be safe. When you jog down the trails of a state park, you expect to be safe. These confident, unspoken assumptions are reasonable for an individual to make. Furthermore, they are important for the functioning of a secure society. We trust that property-owning organizations will do everything in their power to keep the premises safe for lawful visitors. Sadly, far too many people every year are victims of crime in supposedly secure areas.
The inadequate security premises liability attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC firmly believe that property owners have a solemn responsibility to take reasonable measures to keep crime away from their premises. More importantly, Illinois law holds those owners legally accountable when adequate security could have prevented an assault, mugging, or theft.
For its victims, crime can feel heartlessly random. You might have the sense that you were simply unlucky or in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many people have the intuitive sense that only criminals can be held legally responsible for crimes. However, it is crucial that victims know that the law requires property owners to take commonsense precautions to deter crime. When they fail to make their premises safe, they make their property a target.
Law enforcement officials can attest to the fact that simple measures can make a property much less dangerous. Owners are expected to understand the risks of crime around their premises and take appropriate precautions. Some examples of inadequate security include:
Property owners have an ethical and a legal responsibility to deter crime and minimize danger for their visitors. Whether you are a resident in an apartment complex without lit stairwells or a customer in a grocery store without parking lot security cameras, you might be the victim of a crime that could have been easily prevented.
It can be difficult for the average person to assess whether or not it is possible to hold a property owner responsible for a crime on their premises. If you or someone close to you has been the victim of a crime and you suspect that adequate security could have prevented it, call 312-346-8620 to speak with a skilled legal professional. Our premises liability attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you hold negligent property owners accountable for their dangerous mistakes.