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Questions About Apartment Security After Anahitdeep Sandu Murder at King Villas Apartments

Was management adapting to a rising crime rate in Perry, Georgia?

Anahitdeep Sandhu, a 20-year-old Marine Corp private, was shot multiple times during what Perry, Georgia police are calling a botched robbery at the King Villas apartments. The suspected shooter, 25-year-old Quaivon Shaquil Rountree was later arrested in a “blighted house” in nearby Macon, Georgia, and his accomplice, 24-year-old Delvin Devon Ross is suspected of providing the gun for the robbery.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/reports-of-marine-from-kent-killed-in-georgia-shooting/281-f963d9e6-397d-4511-b3cd-af8a8b1c499e

Sandhu was the guest of a King Villas resident, staying with a friend while on a brief leave from his duty station in Beaufort, South Carolina.

While police responded quickly and both suspects are in custody, questions remain about whether the King Villas management had done enough to make their property safe for residents and their guests.

Georgia attorney Chuck Clay handles negligent security cases. “Apartment communities cannot be held accountable for every freak occurrence that happens on their property,” he says, “but when it’s not a freak occurrence, when it was something they knew was likely to happen, that is when we want to know if management made a reasonable effort to prevent it.” In the Sandhu’s case, Clay says a lot will depend on how much crime was being reported from King Villas apartments and how management responded to those reports.

As recently as a few years ago, Perry, Georgia was celebrating a report that showed it as one of the safer towns in Georgia. However, in recent years, as Perry’s population has increased, so has their crime rate. Per-capita crimes in the town of about 16,000 have well-exceeded the national average.

https://www.macon.com/news/local/article134217489.html

https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ga/perry/crime

“Security precautions that were suitable a decade ago my no longer be sufficient,” Chuck Clay says, “as they see crime increase, they have to respond to the known threats.”

Online reviews of Kings Villas complain that management fails to address maintenance concerns in a timely manner. One review notes unrepaired potholes in the parking lot and mold in the apartment. Clay says, “When management fails to address obvious serious maintenance issues, it’s a sign that they may be ignoring obvious security concerns as well.”

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Criminals are ultimately responsible for the crimes they commit, but there are well-established steps that apartment owners and managers can take to make their communities less attractive to crime. Law enforcement can respond to violent crime, but they cannot always prevent it, but apartment owners can -- by investing in reasonable security measures when they know there’s a risk of violent crime. Chuck Clay says, “If we keep legal pressure on bad actors, we’ll be able to make Georgia a safer place to live, one community at a time.”

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