CRIMES ON THE PROPERTY OR APARTMENT COMPLEX
Business owners should know what is happening with their properties. Apartment owners, hotel owners, and other business owners have easy access to that information—the owner can request a “crime grid” from the local police force, which shows recent criminal activity in the area. That crime grid tells the owner what he or she needs to know. If there has been significant crime, the business owner knows to increase security measures. A responsible owner would also issue a warning to residents or customers. On the other hand, if there has been no crime, the business owner can rest easier.
We use the same investigation tools that business owners do. When we investigate shootings, violent crimes, or other negligent security cases, we order a crime grid to see what the owner saw. If the crime grid shows criminal activity, that tells us that the owner should have been aware that his or her residents or customers could be at risk. In legal terms, it tells us that violent crime was “foreseeable.” Sometimes—with extremely irresponsible owners—we found out that the owner never ordered a crime grid at all.