Property Owners Legally Obligated to Provide Safe Environment for Invitees

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR), in 2004, there were an estimated 1,367,009 violent crimes nationwide. Of these, aggravated assaults comprised 62.5 percent; robbery, 29.4 percent; forcible rape, 6.9 percent; and murder, 1.2 percent.

Many of these attacks are preventable. Property owners have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for anyone who comes onto their property. This area of law applies to owners of businesses, homes, shopping malls, apartments and other buildings, as well as public areas such as city parking lots.

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