From physical assaults and robberies to slips, trips and falls, inadequate security can be to blame for a variety of types of incidents on property. Under law, owners have certain responsibilities to protect customers and other guests against unnecessary harm, and incidents that lead to avoidable injuries can justify claims for financial compensation.
There are several types of failures that can result in premises having inadequate security. Five of the most common issues are listed below.
1. Lack of a Security Camera System
Security camera systems are useful not only because they can provide evidence of assaults and other crimes resulting in serious injuries, but also because they act as a deterrent to criminal activity. In , certain types of businesses (such as convenience stores) are required by law to have working security camera systems. When they do not, their failure can lead to financial liability.
2. Inadequate Lighting
Adequate lighting is critical to helping ensure the safety of patrons and visitors. From parking lots to interior walkways, all areas of a ’s premises should have adequate lighting to dissuade criminal activity and expose potential hazards for slips, trips and falls.
3. Too Few (or No) Security Guards
Like camera systems and other security measures, having an adequate number of security guards on-site can serve as a strong deterrent to would-be criminals. From financial institutions to institutions of higher learning, many types of premises that are open to the public must be actively monitored in order to protect members of the public from harm.
4. Inadequately-Trained Employees
Under law, convenience store owners must provide, “proper robbery deterrence and safety training by an approved curriculum to its retail employees.” If a convenience store owner fails to provide this training and a customer gets injured on the store’s premises, the owner may be liable for the customer’s injury-related medical expenses and other losses.
While this training law specifically applies to convenience stores, if an injury suffered at another type of could have been prevented by a properly-trained employee, that ’s owner may be liable for the victim’s injuries as well.
5. Missing or Broken Fencing
From construction sites to hotel pools, many types of “attractive nuisances” must be guarded by adequate fencing in order to protect against dangerous accidents. If a child is able to access a dangerous construction site, an unsupervised pool, or another where he or she suffers an injury because of a missing or broken fence, under law, his or her parents can seek to hold the property owner liable for just compensation.
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.