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Negligent Security Can Happen Anywhere: Is Your Apartment Complex Safe?

For nearly three decades, our negligent security attorney in Las Cruces, New Mexico has focused our law firm’s efforts on providing the legal representation our clients need to achieve financial recovery results after they have been hurt by lapses in security.

If you are looking for a new apartment in Dona Ana County, our personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Kenneth G. Egan has a few tips for screening the security level of the building or complex you are considering, to add an extra level of safety to your decision-making progress.

Important Safety Questions To Ask An Apartment Leasing Agent

While each Las Cruces apartment complex is different, the common leasing process typically requires the prospective renter to fill out an application and participate in a credit check to discover whether s/he is eligible to sign a lease.

Chances are, during your apartment search, you are ticking items off your own checklist, including your commute time to work, whether they accept pets, if you are guaranteed a parking spot, and the overall costs associated with the move.

Moving into a new place can be very exciting, and often outshine some important questions you should ask the leasing agent before you agree to become a tenant.


  • Does the apartment complex run background checks on prospective tenants?
  • Do they re-key each apartment after a tenant moves out?
  • Are there keypads in common areas that have shared entry codes?
  • Is there security on the premises, including guards or cameras?
  • How does maintenance address non-functioning locks/gates or poorly secured common areas?

Your leasing agent should be able to answer these questions clearly and quickly when asked.

What If I Am Hurt On The Premises of My Apartment Complex?

Commercial establishments owe a duty of care to their tenants and visitors to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition.

Negligent security assumes that the crime that occurs on the premises could have been prevented — or at least made less likely — by employing appropriate security measures.

Unfortunately, overlooked safety actions, including something as simple as poorly lit stairwells, walkways, and parking lots, can leave our Las Cruces community in danger when entering or leaving their very own apartments.

Those security measures can include, but are not limited to:

  • Quickly addressing broken entrances into common areas, including gates, fencing, or other barriers
  • Maintaining functioning security alarms or surveillance cameras
  • Employing security guards or other safety staff
  • Warning tenants of known dangers that have appeared on or near the property

At the Law Offices of Kenneth G. Egan, our negligent security lawyer represents injured parties who have suffered from physical assault or battery, robberies, sexual assaults, and even wrongful death as a result of an apartment complex’s negligence.

To prove a claim for negligent security in Las Cruces, we must prove that the negligence was: 

  • Foreseeable
  • Directly related to a lapse in security

If you have been hurt as a result of your apartment complex negligently failing to address the predictable dangers on their premises, contact our Las Cruces personal injury attorney today at (575) 523-2222 to schedule a free case evaluation. You do not have to face the apartment complex, their insurance company, or corporate lawyers alone. We will protect your rights, and pursue the best financial outcome available for your unique case, so you can get your life back on track.

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