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Negligent security: the reasons attacks occur

Your job interview went well. Most of it was done online, and now you complete an in-person interview at the company’s downtown location. Strolling to your car while in a nearby parking ramp, your optimistic thoughts are abruptly interrupted when someone accosts you.

Jumped upon, punched and kicked, you struggle to defend yourself, but it is no contest. Your assailant gets the better of you, while also stealing your wallet, cellphone and briefcase. Bloodied, bruised and in pain, you lie on the ground wondering what had just happened. Not only was this a criminal assault on you, but also a prime example of negligent security. The parking ramp’s owner must assure that anyone on their property must be safe and protected.

Poor lighting, lack of security staff

The outcome of a violent attack is not a good one for any victim. Along with the serious injuries and a long physical recovery, there is likely tremendous emotional trauma that could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.

In such premises liability cases, property owners obviously were negligent in not providing proper and essential security. These scenarios may occur in parking lots, parking ramps, stairwells, and hotel lobbies, common areas and rooms to name a few.

These assaults happen for reasons that may include:

  • Lack of significant lighting: Darkness provides cover for criminals, waiting to pounce upon the unsuspecting public. Poor, inoperable or lack of lighting is a sign of negligent security. The public deserves well-lit stairwells, hallways, parking lots and parking ramps.
  • Minimal presence of security cameras: These are a necessity to record surroundings and deter criminals. However, sometimes, property may invest in poor quality cameras or none at all. They may even avoid repairing them. Cameras are essential for security staff to monitor the goings-on.
  • Poorly trained security or lack of security staff: Some property owners cut corners in this area, hiring few members of the security staff or not providing them with proper training. Good people in these positions may prevent attacks.
  • Poor locks on windows and doors: Hotels and conference centers must invest in secure locks. Otherwise, criminals sense opportunities.

Where does the responsibility lie for security in these situations? It is clearly with the property owner. The public’s safety is critical on any of their properties. If they do not invest in ways to protect the public, property owners face legal consequences.

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