Negligent Security in Elevators
Inadequate Security – Attacks, Rapes Muggings & Stabbings in Elevators
Millions of people use elevators every day and don’t even think about it. There are elevators in businesses
, apartment complexes, hotels
, college dorms
and in parking lots
. Just how safe are you? Statistics concerning the risk of becoming a crime victim on an elevator are hard to come by according to The Examiner crime article; however, residential building elevators are more often the site of crimes than office building elevators.
Elevators provide ideal environments for muggings, robberies
and sexual assaults because of their isolation, and they are more likely unmonitored by security guards or security cameras. It is also a place where criminals can sequester their victims. Prevent An Elevator Crime:
- Know your destination.
- Look in the elevator before getting in.
- Make sure elevator has functioning lights.
- Locate the emergency alarm button or telephone.
- Always stand near the elevator door and the controls. Do not put your back to another occupant.
- If someone suspicious is on the elevator or gets in the elevator, get off and exit the elevator. Always trust your instincts.
- Look to see where your co-occupant is getting off. You may choose to get off on a floor or two above them and wait for another car.
- When possible, allow other passengers to push the buttons for their floors first.
- If you are attacked or assaulted, press the alarm and as many buttons as possible to try and get the elevator to stop at the next floor and yell loudly.
- Keep your cell phone handy and consider carrying pepper spray.
- Report any suspicious activities.
Schools, landlords, businesses and parking garage owners are responsible for seeing that there elevators are properly maintained and secured. If they fail to take the necessary precautions and an elevator accident occurs, they are liable for any injury the accident victim has sustained.
Even with security guards, security cameras, and evolving technology such as keypads, finger prints, bio access, RFID cards, etc. assaults and attacks can and do occur.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an assault, rape
, theft, shooting
, or murder in an elevator due to the negligence and inadequate security of a business or property owner, contact our negligent security attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.