24-year-old Mario Rosa was shot to death in his apartment building’s vestibule in Revere, Massachusetts on Saturday. Police found him with multiple gunshot wounds and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to The Boston Globe, one of the neighbors in the area says that the building where Rosa was shot has a huge turnover rate and police have been to the property on a number of occasions. The Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit is investigating Rosa’s death.
Massachusetts Premises Liability
Property owners owe a certain duty of care to tenants, residents, visitors, patrons, and customers to make sure there is adequate security on the grounds. Depending on the type of property and what transpires there (for example, is it a business, a rental home, an apartment complex, or an office?) and the location of the premise, the security needs will vary.
Examples of security measures:
• Surveillance cameras • Security patrols • Controlled access entry
• Fencing • Locks on entrances and exists • Warning signs if recent crimes were committed in and around the area • A working alarm system
If a property owner could have prevented a burglary, robbery, rape, sexual assault, or murder from happening on the premise and failed to act to do so, the victim or his/her family have grounds for a Boston inadequate security lawsuit or a wrongful death complaint.
Our Boston premises lawyers represent clients throughout Massachusetts that have suffered injuries because of inadequate security, falling merchandise, product defects, exposure to toxic substances, slip and fall, faulty electrical wiring, inadequate lighting, and other types of accidents that can occur on someone else’s property.
Man, 24, dies in Revere attack, Boston.com, January 31, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Premises Liability Overview, Justia
Proving Fault in Accidents on Dangerous or Defective Property, Nolo