Victims of an Unsafe Apartment
When you move into a new apartment complex, you enter a large area which houses many residents. This creates some ideal conditions for theft crimes because of the amount of properties in a confined space. Quite often, residents only stay in the apartment for only a short period of time. Because of how often people move, most do not know how much crime the complex regularly experiences. Some apartment owners may even attempt to hide the criminal history of the area, even lying about it, to those few potential residents who ask.
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Some common crimes that might concern a resident include:
- Automobile theft and break-ins
- Petty theft of items left in front of the apartment, like bicycles or houseplants
- Violent crimes, including rape, assault, and murder.
For many of these crimes, perpetrators take advantage of security flaws at the apartment complex. This most commonly takes the form of using dark areas to lay in wait or hide before committing the crime. The darkness from a burned-out light in a building makes a stairwell or hallway a more dangerous place where criminals can hide. Dark parking lots without enough streetlamps allow criminals to enter and escape unseen. Broken or flimsy locks on doors or windows make it easier for a criminal to access residences. Unlike forced entry, gaining access this way not only proves easy to do, but is easy to get away with, as the process leaves little evidence behind for the police.
Victims throughout Arizona have hired Hirsch & Lyon to represent them following an attack, rape, or other violent crime suffered on a property with inadequate security. If you or someone you know has been victimized, contact the Hirsch & Lyon team to have your questions answered quickly. To learn about your rights as a victim and Arizona law, contact our firm today or call us at (602) 535-1900.
Victims of Unsafe Hotels or Unsafe Motels
Anytime you find yourself staying in a hotel or motel for travel, you are essentially living in that room for a certain period of time. You will have belongings like clothing or even electronics in that room. You could have valuables, jewelry and even money in that room as well. You will be sleeping in that room. No matter what, you will need to know that your things will be safe and secure from criminals who may wish to steal them, and you need to know you are safe from bodily harm too.
However, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 45,000 property crimes take place in hotels across the United States. More than 8,000 people in a given year were victims of violent crimes while they were staying in a hotel or motel room. If the owners or proprietors of hotels have not taken steps to ensure their property is safe, you could be at risk of becoming another victim.
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Criminals often depend on darkness as a cover for their unlawful behavior, and it’s often a problem that hotels have poorly lit areas in parking garages, hallways, walkways, and hidden corners. This can be a big issue in hotels, but it is not the only one. The property may not have enough surveillance in the form of cameras or even security guards to watch those cameras or patrol the areas. Even if security teams are not properly trained, this could lead to gaps that allow criminals to walk in and either steal or commit violent crimes.
In the event of a hotel crime or motel crime, it is our goal to assist the victims. If something has happened to you, then we can ensure the right person, the owner or operator of the hotel or motel, is held liable. In the past, we have been very successful in helping victims by obtaining positive judgments for them. In fact, we have been so successful that we have gained a name for ourselves through the media as well as through the hotel industry itself.
If you have been a victim of theft, assault, rape or other crimes while staying at a hotel room, then be sure to contact Hirsch & Lyon today. If you know someone who has been a victim, put them in contact with us too. We may be reached at (602) 535-1900 and we will be glad to discuss your legal rights today.