Property owners can’t absolutely guarantee your safety. However, they can be held partially liable for injuries sustained by visitors as a result of negligent security. The term “negligent security” refers to public, private, and government property owners’ general responsibility to take certain precautions against crime. These precautions ensure that visitors remain safe on the property. Generally speaking, negligent security claims are filed by assault victims when a property owner could have prevented the attack through additional security measures.
Negligent security can occur almost anywhere – in parking lots, parking garages, at ATMs, on college campuses, in hospitals, in nursing homes, at shopping centers, at malls, or at sports stadiums. Most negligent security claims involve assault, battery, robbery, murder, or sexual assault. For example, a sexual assault victim might file a negligent security claim if the lock to his/her apartment complex was broken and allowed an intruder to enter the building without permission. A shopper might file a negligent security claim after he/she was robbed in the shopping center parking lot. Similarly, a bank customer could file a negligent security claim after he/she was robbed at an ATM without a security camera. All of these scenarios could have been prevented by additional security measures. Without them, visitors and clients are at risk of attack.
ATMs are convenient and easy to use, but they also attract crime. If a bank fails to provide adequate security at an ATM, customers may become victims of robbery and assault when they use the ATM. Generally speaking, ATM kiosks are safer when they are well-lit and monitored by security cameras. Banks can further ensure customer safety by employing security guards. Additionally, banks should avoid planting thick shrubs or plants around ATMs; these provide ideal hiding places for potential robbers. Additionally, plants can inhibit security cameras from safely monitoring the ATM.
College students report thousands of crimes every year. In 2005, approximately 35,000 crimes occurred on university and college campuses across the nation. Instances of sexual assault are especially prevalent. Thus, colleges should take special precautions to make sure that students are protected from serious, on-campus crimes. On-campus crime can be prevented using common security measures, like cameras, lighting, fences, and security guards. Additionally, colleges might install alarms for students to use if they are attacked.
When it comes to security measures, property owners should anticipate and avoid violence. Informal research can be used by building owners to gain an understanding of crime in the area. For instance: a restaurant owner might discover that his/her business is in an area with a high car theft rate. Thus, he/she might want to install lights and security cameras in the parking lot. Additionally, parking garages situated in a high-crime area can prevent violence through security cameras, adequate lighting, and security guards. Without these precautions, motorists may be in danger of assault as they walk to and from their vehicles. By anticipating violent crime, business, building and property owners can employ adequate security measures and discourage criminal activity.
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