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What is Negligent Security?

Property owners are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment for people invited onto their premises. Negligent or inadequate security claims involve situations where a property owner’s failure to provide sufficient security on their grounds results in a foreseeable criminal act, such as a robbery, rape, assault, or battery. Criminal activity may be considered foreseeable if similar crimes have previously occurred on the premises or in the area.

Negligent security cases can occur in a variety of settings, both residential and commercial:

  • Apartment building or complex
  • ATMs
  • Bars, nightclubs, or lounges
  • College dorm
  • Convenience store
  • Hotel or motel
  • Movie theaters
  • Office buildings
  • Parking garage
  • Parking lot
  • Parks and recreational areas
  • Retail store
  • Schools
  • Shopping mall

Every negligent security case is different, and the definition of adequate security will differ depending on the premises and foreseeable crime. Examples of adequate security include security officers, adequate lighting, functioning locks or key-in entry, and security cameras or alarms.

The responsible party in a negligent security lawsuit can be the property owner, security contractors, security personnel, property lessees, business owners, or landlords.

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