A recent string of violent crimes at the Edgewood Retail District has neighbors worrying whether it’s safe to shop there. My wife and I live nearby in Lake Claire and we’ve found ourselves looking over our shoulders when we’ve shopped there recently. One of our neighbors asked if a crime victim could sue the owner and manager to hold them responsible for the victim’s injuries.
These cases are called negligent or inadequate security lawsuits. Georgia law requires business and property owners to protect their customers from foreseeable crimes. If there are crimes at a property or business, the owner has a legal responsibility to take steps to protect their patrons, such as hiring security guards, requesting additional police patrols and installing surveillance cameras and lighting. If they fail to do so and someone is injured or killed because of a criminal attack, the crime victim has a negligent security case against the business or property owner.
Some of the recent crimes at the Edgewood Retail District include:
- A January 18, 2013 carjacking of a woman as she got out of her car;
- A June 26, 2014 beating and robbery of a man as he left a store;
- A July 5, 2014 carjacking of a woman in the parking deck;
These crimes put the owner of the Edgewood Retail District on notice that there is a problem with crime and that it needs to fulfill its legal responsibility to take steps to protect its patrons. Given the level of violent crime, it’s unfortunately foreseeable that more violent crimes will happen at the shopping center. Crime victims may have meritorious claims against the owners for failure to live up to their legal obligation to protect their customers.
While the property does have some security measures in place, additional steps can and should be taken to protect customers. The Edgewood Security Patrol has requested that the owners of the shopping center take additional security measures, all of which are good ideas, and you can read that here.