How Can Surveillance Impact Apartment Liability?

Posted by Chris O' Rourke on December 20, 2017

An apartment surveillance system can help protect a residential property and its residents from criminal activity like property damage, theft, and drug deals. Systems can be installed to watch parking lots, laundry rooms, fitness and business centers, as well as other common areas. The benefits of an apartment security system can only be enhanced when paired with live remote video monitoring.

Kids Sleep in Laundry Room – Live Apartment Common Area Monitoring

Around 3:00 a.m., an apartment surveillance monitor saw three young people enter the laundry facility of a Dallas, Texas residential property. According to the City of Dallas Police Department, the curfew hours for minors are between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekdays and 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekends. The juveniles sat in the lounge chairs and went to sleep. A Stealth Monitoring apartment surveillance operator called the Dallas Police.

The police officers arrived at the laundry room and escorted the trespassers out. Later that morning, Dallas Police called Stealth to say they issued a curfew citation to one of the minors.

Apartment Liability

Multifamily apartment managers have an obligation to help deter and prevent injuries on their residential property. This can include:

  • Maintaining common areas (workout areas, laundry facilities, parks, etc.)
  • Warning residents of hidden dangers (potholes, defective stairs, wet or oily floors, etc.)

A landlord of a residential property is only responsible for tenant and visitor injuries if the property is negligent. Ongoing maintenance is an internal solution to combat liability claims. It's important to document when issues are first reported and when the corrections are completed.

In addition to ongoing maintenance, an apartment surveillance system can help fight and decrease liability claims. What if a resident gets injured at the pool and tries to blame the residential property? Apartment surveillance video can prove that the landlord took all necessary safety precautions and that the resident was injured because of personal negligence.

Stealth Monitoring is the leader in remote video surveillance in Canada and the U.S, with over 400 employees, 11 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. Stealth's proactive video monitoring watches over 17,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. Our remote monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 756-7847 or contact us today for more information to protect your outdoor assets. Visit the Stealth website to see real arrest videos at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.

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