W hile property owners may not have intended to precipitate violence against patrons or guests, failure to satisfactorily secure a premises is sometimes all but inevitable.
Under Florida law, businesses and other establishments must provide adequate security for individuals while on their property. They must maintain a safe environment for their guests and alert them of risks and potentially dangerous conditions on or near their property.
Inadequate security includes but is not limited to:
- Poor lighting
- Insufficient, inadequate or weak locks
- Failure to run criminal background checks on employees
- Lack of or poorly trained security guards
- Poor management policies
- Failure to restrict access to the property
- Lack of alarms or security cameras
A negligent security suit can brought by an injured person based on the responsibility of landowners and possessors of a property to protect lawful visitors from foreseeable crimes of third parties and offer reasonable security measures.
The types of properties these rules apply to often vary widely, ranging from shopping malls and office buildings to parking lots and ATM’s.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence in maintaining and operating premises such as shopping centers, restaurants or hotels, contact us today to understand your options.