If you were the victim of a crime in a location that you suspect had inadequate security, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case immediately. Violent crimes especially, where victims are injured, need to be examined thoroughly to ensure they weren’t in some way contributed to with negligent and inadequate security. Property owners do have to provide reasonable and prudent security measures for patrons, guests and customers. If you were the victim of a violent crime due to inadequate security, you could have a lawsuit against the property owner. Recovering compensation for your damages like hospital bills and lost wages will be your lawyer’s top priority. Listed below are just a few examples of inadequate security.
Examples of Inadequate Security
- Poor lighting
- Lack of security personnel
- Lack of security equipment
- Negligent hiring or training of security personnel
- Inadequately staffed areas
- Broken windows, locks, gates or other apartment complex security items
- Holes in fences
- Poorly maintained grounds
- Noise levels
- Negligent cash handling routines
- Inadequate store closing methods and policies
- Inadequate patrolling
- Refusing to increase security measures in spite of well-known or documented crime problem in the area
- Negligent incident reporting procedures
A variety of different crimes can arise from issues regarding inadequate security. First of all, since many violent crimes are crimes of opportunity, a few reasonable and non-negligent precautions can go a long way in protecting patrons and preventing injury-causing violent crime. Poorly lit parking garages can be a hot bed of violent crime activity. Assaults, robberies, battery, rape and many other types of violent crimes can happen when businesses and properties have inadequate security. The crimes are especially disturbing when they happen repeatedly. If crimes continue to happen due to negligent or inadequate security and a property owner fails to take adequate and appropriate measures, people will continue to get victimized. Property owners have a duty, especially when there is a repeated problem, to take the appropriate and prudent security measures to improve patron and guest safety.
Locations Involving Inadequate Security
- Apartment complexes
- Parking garages
- Parking lots
- Banks and ATM machine locations
- Schools and universities
- Day cares
- Movie theaters
- Amusement parks
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living facilities
- Construction sites
- Shopping centers
- Public transportation locations
If you think you have an inadequate security lawsuit, you need to discuss the details of your particular case with your lawyer to determine if all the elements of inadequate security are satisfied. First, were you a tenant, customer, patron, employee, guest or in some other type of capacity supposed to be on the premises at the time of the crime? Second, did the property owner owe you a duty to exercise reasonable care in taking appropriate security measures in a prudent and non-negligent manner? Third, did the property owner fail to satisfy that duty? Finally, had the property owner taken prudent and non-negligent security precautions, would your crime have occurred?
After a Violent Crime Involving Inadequate Security
A lot can happen after a violent crime. You could be in the hospital for who knows how long. You’re likely going to be pulled into a criminal investigation and potentially a court case. In the meantime, you’re out of work, trying to recover from your injuries, and your family is just trying to make ends meet. The most important step you can take after a violent crime is contacting a personal injury attorney, especially if you think inadequate security was a contributing element in your case. Could the property owner have taken prudent and non-negligent measures to protect patrons? Was the area well known for violent crime, but nothing was being done to improve safety? Take these concerns to your lawyer, who can stay on top of any official investigative details in your case and get to the bottom of what went wrong.
Being victimized in a violent crime is more than the initial injury. Emotional wounds can take years or more to heal from. When violent crimes happen as a result of inadequate security, you need a lawyer on your side who can help you recover compensation for your injuries and make sure the property owner takes the proper precautions to protect future patrons from suffering the same fate. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a violent crime due to inadequate security, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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