Those who rent out their space to others or who conduct business in a space to which the public has access have to worry about premises liability. Premises liability involves the risk that people have when they visit a space.
Although many premises liability claims have to do with failing to maintain facilities safely, such claims can also relate to a lack of adequate security. Individuals can wind up struggling financially or injured because of criminal activity that they experienced outside a business or a rental property. In some cases, the owner or property manager may have some responsibility for what happened.
Would a reasonable person worry about security there?
If the property in question is a duplex inside a gated community, security probably won’t be the first priority because there will already be limits on how many people can access the property. On the other hand, if it’s a business in a high-traffic area, most reasonable people would acknowledge that the risk of crime in that area is probably higher, necessitating more security efforts.
The installation of lighting, the use of security cameras and even hiring security personnel can all deter criminal activity on a property. Some landlords know their property poses a risk but don’t want to incur the costs of reasonable prevention efforts. If any of these actions would have prevented the crime you experienced, it’s possible that you may have a claim for negligence security against the property owner.
Certain factors make it easier to prove negligent security, such as a high crime rate in the area or previous criminal offenses at the same property. Getting good advice and getting your hands on evidence and records is often a key part of a negligent security claim after becoming the victim of a crime. That’s why it’s essential to work with an experienced attorney.