Poor Surveillance or Security In Parking Lots and Garages
It is usually foreseeable that crimes like those mentioned above will occur in parking lots and garages because it is well known that such areas are hotbeds for criminal activity. Parking lots are often large, open spaces with little or minimal fencing or enclosures, and are thus easily accessible to criminals. Likewise, parking garages often consist of several levels that contain ramps, elevators, stairs, hidden enclosures, large concrete posts, and dark corners, making it challenging for owners to keep surveillance over all areas.
Yet despite such obstacles, owners and operators of lots and garages often have a duty to prevent injury to persons on their property. Surveillance is especially critical where such areas have been the site of previous criminal activity or where they are located in high-crime areas. If you have been injured in a parking lot or parking garage, you may have a negligent security claim and be entitled to compensation.
The following is a list of tips to help you protect yourself from being victimized in a parking lot or garage in Boston:
• Park as close as possible to your destination, especially if it’s dark or will be dark when you return.
• Try to park underneath a light.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Have someone accompany you to your car if possible.
• Keep your keys in your hand so that you can use them a weapon in the event of an attack.
• Back into your spot so that you can escape quickly if a dangerous situation develops.
• Trust and follow your instincts. If you sense danger, leave the area or call the police.
Taking such precautions, however, may still be insufficient to protect you from harm. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of poor surveillance or security, the seasoned attorneys at the Greater Boston law firm of Altman & Altman LLP are skilled in handling negligent surveillance and security claims. Our lawyers have of over four decades of experience with these types of cases and have produced significant recoveries for many clients over the years.
To schedule your free, confidential consultation with an experienced Boston negligent parking lot and parking garage lawyer, call 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 (toll free) or contact us online. Our phones are answered 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and we promptly respond to all emails received by the firm. Please note that we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we accept no fee unless you recover.