Do you have a cause of action against a property or business owner who failed to keep their premises safe?
Negligent security is a theory of premises liability in which victims of crimes have a cause of action against a property or business owner who failed to keep their premises safe, resulting in an injury. According to Georgia Courts, your negligent security claim must be supported by evidence showing that “faulty or insufficient security measures” caused your injuries or that “additional; security measures” would have prevented your injuries. Peterson v. Provident at Cascade Apts., 2019 Ga. State LEXIS 2112, *16.
What can negligent security look like?
- Inadequate training of security or employees – no background checks, hiring criminals to do security and maintenance, not training security guards to properly protect the premises or respond to crime threats
- Poor lighting – sparsely lit parking lots allow criminal to lay in wait on unsuspecting victims
- Broken locks and security systems – if these safeguards need repair and the property owner does not address it, a security breach could lead to a preventable injury