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This article provides a short synopsis of premises security expert, Donald Decker’s involvement investigating an incident of assault at a medical arts building.

Assault at Medical Arts Building - Expert Investigation

A young woman was physically assaulted while standing outside of a medical arts building. She claimed that the assault was a result of failures on part of the property management company to provide adequate security, including a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system and patrolling security personnel. Robson Forensic premises security expert, Donald J. Decker, CPP, CPM, was retained to determine if the property management company provided adequate security.

The area where the assault occurred was an open area, exposed to view from many directions. It was daylight at the time of the assault. Mr. Decker demonstrated that based on passive security measures that were already in place and proper analysis for crime statistics and foreseeability, this location met the standard of care for reasonable security and did not require CCTV or security patrols.

Mr. Decker explained that the appropriate security measures for this location were the passive security measures of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED refers to physical design features at a location, including lighting, natural surveillance, access control, and natural territorial reinforcement in the design of a parking facility. Mr. Decker demonstrated that design of the facility, including driveways and the parking lot, were consistent with the concepts of CPTED and that the property management company provided an adequate level of security.

This matter resolved favorably for the property management company.

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Donald J. Decker, CPP

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Don is a Certified Protection Professional with a career that includes over 40 years as a security guard, state trooper, liability and fraud investigator, and private detective. He analyzes issues involving hiring and training, policies and procedures, use of force, crime foreseeability, and adequacy of security measures. Don has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is a member of ASIS International.