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After Violent Carjacking, Questions About What Polo Club Apartments Knew About Crime Risks

Proper warnings and reasonable security measures could have prevented the shooting of Paul Edgar

undefined28-year-old comedian Paul Edgar was shot thirteen times during a late night carjacking in the parking lot of Polo Club Apartments in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Edgar had planned on moving into the apartments later in the month, and in the meantime, he was staying with a friend who lived in the community.

Around 4:45am, after a late night stand-up gig, Edgar was in his car on his phone, looking for a place he could get some food. According to a news report from CBS 46, two men approached the car, rapped on the window, and told him to put his hands in the air. Then the assailants pulled Edgar from his vehicle, and shot him multiple times before driving off in his car, running him over as they fled.

Miraculously, Edgar survived the attack, and is being treated at Grady Hospital, where he is in good enough spirits to crack jokes about his harrowing experience.

Read the news report: https://www.cbs46.com/news/man-shot-more-than-a-dozen-times-during-carjacking-in/article_ad207920-7a74-11e9-9209-e7ff897326fa.html

What Did Management Know About Crime On Property?

While police are still working to identify the suspects, there are questions about what the apartment community management knew about incidents of crime on their property. In a recent review of Polo Club Apartments, a resident claims there have been robberies, shootings, and car thefts on the property, and despite Edgar’s shooting making the news, this resident claims that management had not attempted to make the residents aware of the incident.

Read the review:

https://www.apartmentratings.com/ga/stone-mountain/polo-club-apartments_404299971230083/review-112487976/

Atlanta attorney Chuck Clay says that apartment managers have an obligation to inform residents about crimes committed on the property. “Management companies often like to say that tenants are responsible for their own safety,” Clay says. “But how can the residents and guests be expected to take precautions when management fails to warn about known crime risks?”

Negligent security case law often supports victims of violent crimes on commercial property where they are customers, tenants, or invited guests. If the owners and managers of a property know about incidents of crime -- and they don’t issue warnings or fail to take reasonable efforts to deter the crime -- then they can be held partially liable for violent crimes that occur on premises.

Make Atlanta Safe

Criminals seek out properties where they won’t be detected and where they can get away quickly. Proper lighting and access controls such as a security gates have proven success at reducing crimes of opportunity. Chuck Clay says, “Management companies cannot prevent all crime, but we know there are simple things they can do in response to known risks that can have a huge impact on the safety of residents.”

Violent crime is a growing problem in Atlanta. Police can only do so much. While everyone has a personal responsibility to take precautions to protect themselves, property managers are in a unique position to be able to inform residents about known crime threats, and to take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of crime. “By holding property owners accountable,” Chuck Clay says, “we can help make Atlanta safe, one community at a time.”

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