Negligent Security at College Campuses – Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties
While most colleges and universities attempt to prevent it, a lot of crime occurs right on your college campus. Major universities like Georgia State University have seen crime affecting students in Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties. A lot of this crime occurs because of negligent security at college campuses where those with the responsibility to provide adequate security failed to do so.
For your average criminal, a college campus is a prime location to steal, mug, assault, or worse. This is because often college students carry with them expensive belongings, such as the latest smartphones or laptops, making them the perfect candidates for criminals to exploit. Ideally, safeguards are in place to deter this sort of activity, such as digitally secured doors, reinforced windows, security guards, and proper lighting, but, oftentimes, these measures of security are not adequate or flat-out missing.
The onus is typically on the college campus or property owner to provide adequate security for the students or guests who study or work there, but this may not always be the case. That’s why hiring an attorney is of extreme importance, as an attorney can determine whether your college campus has a responsibility to provide security for their premises. Here are some examples of negligent security at college campuses:
- Gates or doors are found to improperly lock or close, thus allowing thieves to come inside.
- Passageways, streets, alleys, or buildings are not lighted appropriately or are lit insufficiently.
- Security personnel is not properly trained or allowed unauthorized individuals onto the premises.
- Surveillance systems went unchecked.
These examples of negligent security may not be exactly the ones that occurred in your case, which is why contacting our attorneys immediately is the right course of action to take. Our experienced attorneys have litigated cases for over 100 cumulative years, and secured compensation for our clients. We base all our cases on the facts of the situation, which is why we perform detailed investigations and analyzes of the circumstances. Our process examines the criminal history of the area, the physical measures that were or were not in place, the background and training of security personnel, and much more to be as prepared as possible to handle your claim effectively. Here are some factors that make for a strong claim:
- The victim was authorized to be on the premises. This means that they were, for example, a tenant, a guest, a friend, or any other type of invited individual.
- The university or college campus, or property, had a legal obligation to provide adequate security but failed to do so.
- The crime or accident should have been prevented given the past criminal activity or other warnings in the area.
If your college campus was liable for providing security, but failed to do so leading to a crime or accident, you may have the right to obtain compensation. Our experienced team of attorneys has been litigating negligent security at college campuses claims for a long time, and they’re ready to get you what you deserve. Call us today at 877-448-8585, or contact us online, for your free and confidential consultation.