A recent string of armed robberies have raised grave questions over security measures at Charlotte-area apartment complexes and check cashing locations.
According to WCCB Charlotte, CMPD is asking apartment residents and check cashing business patrons “to be aware after arrest[ing] a group for robbing at least nine people in Charlotte.” Investigators told media, “[e]ight crime scenes piled up and the suspects were getting more violent before police caught up.” The assailants were finally caught after robbing a grandmother at knife point outside her apartment on November 16th.
Although the crime spree appears to be over, the incidents should serve as a catalyst for local apartment complex and cash checking store owners to implement improved security measures to deter future crime.
Apartment complex security measures may include gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, bright lighting, security patrols, training from local law enforcement, and background checks for both tenants and employees.
Check cashing businesses are also responsible for providing a safe space for patrons, both inside the store and outside in the business parking lot. Security measures may include bright lighting, clear sight lines, monitored surveillance cameras, parking lot security escorts, and off-duty police patrols.
North Carolina Victims of Apartment or Business Parking Lot Assault: What Are My Legal Options for Justice and Compensation?
North Carolina apartment residents and check cashing business patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, North Carolina property owners have a duty to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should a property owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, sexual assaults, or wrongful deaths suffered as a consequence. Compensation may be in the tens of millions of dollars. As each case and property is unique, victims of violent crime should speak with an experienced security negligence firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, is preserved and their best interests are protected.
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