Property owners have a responsibility to provide sufficient lighting for their guests, tenants, and employees. Adequate lighting is essential to ensure the security of all those who enter a public place, such as a mall, apartment building, or parking structure. Without proper lighting, visitors to a building are not only more likely to trip and fall, they are more vulnerable to criminal attacks and violence, including theft, sexual assault, and kidnapping.
Lack of security cameras.
One of the main reasons security cameras are so effective is that criminals may be deterred from committing crimes when they know they are being watched and their likelihood of being caught is greater. In addition, security cameras can catch crimes as they occur and provide important evidence in court. Property owners have a duty to install, monitor, and maintain security cameras to ensure the safety of visitors—particularly in areas with high crime rates.
Lack of security guards.
Much like security cameras, security guards may also act as a deterrent to potential criminals. Property owners have a responsibility to provide competent security guards for guest and employee protection in areas with high crime rates.
If an employer hires an aggressive employee, or fails to perform a background check on an employee with a criminal history, this person can pose a threat to coworkers and customers alike. If a business owner’s negligent hiring results in injury, theft, stalking, or sexual assault, they should be held accountable for the damage their grievous carelessness causes.
Broken or inadequate gates and locks.
When property owners fail to install and maintain adequate gates, locks, and other types of security systems, this allows easy access for intruders, inviting crimes such as robbery and assault.
Failure to establish and maintain proper safety procedures.
Property owners have a responsibility to implement and maintain reasonable safety measures to protect guests, employees, and tenants. This includes recognizing likely crime threats and safety hazards, and establishing and maintaining appropriate security measures to counter such risks.
When property owners put profits over the safety of their visitors, employees, and tenants, they should be held responsible if injury or harm occurs as a result. If you or someone you care about suffered physical, psychological, or financial harm on another’s property, contact us. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and overall pain and suffering.
The skilled Florida personal injury lawyers at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA have the expertise to develop a compelling case to illustrate the negligence of the property owner that caused your injuries.