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Kids Are Breaking Into a Construction Site. Should I Call the Police?

The Law & You
July 12, 2013

The Law and You

Kids Are Breaking Into a Construction Site. Should I Call the Police?

With a big construction project going on in the neighborhood, a viewer has seen kids trespassing to ride their skateboards. Concerned about the injury, the viewer wonders what he should do. Philadelphia attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain what to do next.

Dave Kuharchik: A big construction project, that is the topic for today’s edition of “The Law & You.” Joining us, as always, our sponsors, attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, great to see you.

Greg Fellerman: Thanks for having us, Dave.

Dave: Now, let’s talk about this construction project, “There’s a big construction project going on in my neighborhood. The guys doing the work are real nice and they lock everything up at night, but I still see kids sneaking in to ride skateboards. Who’s responsible here? What if someone gets hurt? Should I call the police?”

Ed Ciarimboli: Well, it’s a very good question. Especially now during the summer months, during the warm months, there’s a lot of construction projects going on. Very simply, you should call the police because you want to make sure that these kids, if they’re breaking in, if they’re trespassing, obviously that’s a problem. You also want to make sure that they’re not gonna get hurt because this is going to be an attractive nuisance for them, they’re gonna be skateboarding. The property owner and the construction company should call the police. At the end of the day, if something happens on that property, the property owner and the construction company could be liable. As the neighbor, you have no liability, but you want to make sure these kids aren’t gonna get hurt, so calling the police is a really good idea.

Greg: It’s important, as a neighbor, maybe approaching the construction company or the property owner and letting them know what’s going on at night will help because they probably don’t know what’s going on. Once they’re put on notice, meaning the construction company and the property owner, it means if someone is hurt they may have legal liability. Everyone wants to prevent people from getting hurt, so the more they know, the better it is for everyone in the neighborhood to have a safer neighborhood and having all the kids in the neighborhood protected. At the end of the day, that is what really matters.

Dave: Alright, it does look like we have this one figured out. For viewers who need more from you, how can they get in touch with you?

Greg: They can either get us on our web-site at 714hurt.com or by phone at 570-714-4878.

Ed: If anyone has any “Law & You” questions that they want answered, go to our Facebook page, like us, post your question, and we’ll do our best to answer it on the next “Law & You” segment.

Dave: Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli from Fellerman and Ciarimboli in Kingston, thanks so much for being here we’ll see you again tomorrow.

Greg and Ed: Thanks for having us.

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