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Preventing Massachusetts Assaults Caused by Negligent Security

Massachusetts Property Owner Responsibilities

Assessing the Risk

Massachusetts property owners have a duty of care to visitors on their premises to protect them from foreseeable harm, including assault. There is no Massachusetts law that mandates a specific amount of security or the types of security measure that should be taken. Massachusetts property owners must use their best judgment, based on the foreseeability of violence, to decide what security measures should be taken to keep Massachusetts visitors safe and to avoid a lawsuit in the case of an attack. The criminal activity on the Massachusetts property or in the areas surrounding the property, as well as the location, nature and condition of the property, are all factors to consider in determining the probability of violence and what precautions should be taken.

To this end, it is critical for Massachusetts property owners to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to find a baseline of potential threat. Because the criminal climate of Massachusetts neighborhoods is constantly changing, it is wise to reevaluate the risk assessment each year to address any new security needs. Depending on the Massachusetts property owner’s knowledge of security, he or she may wish to hire an independent Massachusetts security consultant who can provide professional expertise that may also serve as evidence to defend against any lawsuits caused by attacks that may occur.

Massachusetts property managers should consider many factors when undertaking a risk assessment. Some actions that should be included in all risk assessments include:

  • Investigating security risks on the property. While many security measures are useful for securing all types of properties, certain properties require additional resources to address particularly vulnerable security areas where foreseeable attacks may occur. For example, Massachusetts stadiums may choose to increase security personnel while a Massachusetts landlord may put more money towards adding new locks on entryways and exits. The design and landscaping of Massachusetts buildings and other areas on the property should also be evaluated to determine any dangerous conditions that may exist.

  • Identifying common threats with nearby Massachusetts property owners. Other Massachusetts business and Massachusetts residential owners near your property may be aware of dangers that you had not previously considered. Discussing common threats with nearby Massachusetts property owners can facilitate an exchange of information regarding criminal activity and security measures to combat it. You may also be able to formulate mutually beneficial security plans, such as sharing the cost of security surveillance.

  • Speaking with staff and tenants on the property regarding their security concerns. A Massachusetts property’s staff and tenants have an intimate understanding of the property, its operation and the risks of criminal activity on the premise. These individuals may be attuned to problems that an outsider, such as the property manager, may not know about or see on a daily basis. Additionally, incorporating staff and tenants into the risk assessment helps them become familiarized and comply with security protocols, which is mutually beneficial to both Massachusetts property owners and individuals living or working on the property.

  • Discussing potential criminal threats with local Massachusetts law enforcement officers. These Massachusetts officials can assist Massachusetts property owners in understanding the type and amount of criminal activity that occurs in the Massachusetts neighborhood in which the property is located. Massachusetts police are well-acquainted with the local environment’s crime history and may be helpful in identifying problem areas with Massachusetts property security.

Implementing Countermeasures Against Assault

It will likely be impossible to completely eliminate all risks of violence on a Massachusetts property due to budget constraints and unforeseeable dangers. However, risk can be substantially reduced by utilizing a combination of security personnel, security devices, surveillance systems, and implementing safety policies and emergency procedures. In order to maintain the safest property, Massachusetts owners and Massachusetts managers may choose to:

  • Hire and adequately train security officers

  • Install security systems and devices, such as surveillance cameras, locks, panic buttons and alarms

  • Adopt safety policies that are communicated and adhered to by staff and tenants

  • Develop and train staff and tenants on an emergency plan

  • Document activities, such as housekeeping, inspection rounds and personnel shift changes in a security manual.

Massachusetts property owners should reevaluate their security measures annually. Changes in global or local threats can require a need to update current security protocols. New technologies may also create new obstacles for security, or alternately, new advances in security technology may provide opportunities to improve the cost effectiveness of security devices.

Tips for Avoiding Massachusetts Assaults

1. Be aware of your surroundings. You should always avoid dangerous areas when possible, including isolated or poorly lit areas. If you find yourself in a potentially dangerous place, you should look at who is around you and plan an escape strategy should you be approached or assaulted. Always walk with confidence and intent.

2. Don’t walk alone. It is best to travel with at least one other person when you are out at night or in any potentially dangerous area. Criminals are less likely to attack people in groups, and you can help each other get out of a bad situation.

3. Park close to your destination. You should also park under a light when possible.

4. Have a method of communication. You should always carry a cell phone or money for a taxi. Do not accept rides from strangers.

5. Don’t drink too much. Consuming substantial amounts of alcohol can cause of a loss of inhibitions which may lead a person into a dangerous situation. Intoxicated Massachusetts individuals are targets for assailants because they are less able to defend themselves against attack.

6. Use locks. Even if you feel safe in your Massachusetts dorm or Massachusetts apartment, you should always lock your doors and windows. Attacks often occur after forced entry into a home.

7. Trust your instincts. If an area feels unsafe, get out.


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