When we leave our homes to go shopping, visit the bank, or go to a friend’s apartment, we expect that the places we visit have adequate security measures in place to protect us from potential crimes. However, this is not always the case. Some Georgia property owners fail to ensure the security of their premises, and as a result, many innocent people find themselves the victims of an assault or robbery while on someone else’s property. Filing a premises liability claim against the property owner and/or other parties for negligent security may be the best way for you to recover compensation for your injuries and damages.
Proving a claim for negligent security
Property owners are legally obligated to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of their visitors. Some common safety measures may include:
- Secured gating and locked doors
- Security cameras and alarms
- Security guards to monitor the premises
- Adequate lighting
When an owner fails to take appropriate steps to keep their premises safe, they may be liable for negligent security.
Some examples of negligent security may include:
- Broken or non-existent gating
- Failure to install cameras, alarms, etc.
- Broken security equipment
- Failure to provide enough security guards/lack of security staff
- Failure to properly train security guards
- Failure to properly inspect the premises
- Poor lighting or lack of lighting
However, keep in mind that no two properties are the same and what is considered reasonable for one property may not be reasonable for another. Courts will consider the location of the premises, history of crime/violent incidents in the area, and the type of establishment (e.g., bar, club, grocery store, bank) when determining whether the owner provided negligent security. Courts will also consider whether there was enough time for the owner to remedy the situation.
It can be difficult to prove that a property owner failed to provide adequate security to protect its customers or visitors. An experienced attorney can help you prove your claim and recover damages for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries.