Does a property owner have a duty to know about ongoing criminal activity in his/her property and surrounding area?
A property owner, for instance, the apartment complex owner, they do have an obligation to know about the crime activity in their area. They can do this investigation with the police force and they can know right away how much crime is in their area. Then they have an obligation to keep their patrons safe from that crime, whether it be have sufficient lighting, sufficient security, sufficient entry and exit policies. So yes, they do have a duty to find out if the area is crime-ridden, and then they have a duty to protect their patrons and the people who are invited on a premises from that crime.