Denver Negligent Security Lawyers
When you go shopping at a store or sign a lease to rent an apartment, you assume that the owner has taken appropriate efforts to make sure you’re kept safe. But that’s not always the case.
Property owners have certain responsibilities to the people who lawfully come onto their premises or rent property from them. Among those legal responsibilities is providing security to protect people from crime. A landlord who rents a house to a tenant needs to provide new locks on doors and windows, at the very least. Similarly, a business is expected to provide adequate lighting and security features for customers and employees.
Property owners who fail to do so put others at risk of violent crime. If you or a loved one was injured in a crime possibly caused by negligent security, please call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., at (877) 433-3906 for a no-cost consultation to talk about your legal options.
- Property owners: The owner of a property is usually responsible for physical forms of security on that land and any buildings located there. For example, a hotel should provide locks on room windows and doors, and restrict access to customer’s rooms. They should also conduct thorough background checks of all employees. In addition, stairs and other remote areas need to have proper lighting and security cameras.
- Renters: Renters share a portion of the responsibility for guests’ safety. For example, if a renter notices that locks do not work properly, he needs to let the property owner know about it so they can be repaired or replaced. Additional locks or more elaborate features like cameras or motion-sensor lights might also be the responsibility of a renter rather than property owner.
- Businesses: Businesses need to be mindful of security for employees and customers alike. This may include installing cameras and security features beyond door and window locks. Security guards might also need to be provided by the business owner, even if they are leasing the property.
- Event organizers: Concerts, music festivals, and other hosted events have something in common: it is the event organizer’s job to have security in place to deal with threats to the people attending the event—including from the other people attending the event. Sometimes that responsibility falls on the venue at which the event is held, but regardless, it is not the attendees’ job to provide adequate security for themselves.
Negligent security cases come down to whether a person or business was able to foresee the possibility of a security threat, yet did not take appropriate action to protect others. For example, parking lots are known to be dangerous at night, so a shopping center should provide well-lit parking spaces with a security force to patrol the area, protecting shoppers from the threat of attacks.
Crimes cannot always be predicted, so property owners may not be held liable for everything that happens to people on their property. However, for example, say there have been four violent robberies inside a store in the last year. That’s a noticeable pattern, and the store owner should take steps to try to prevent or deter future robberies and protect his customers. This might involve installing additional lights, placing cameras, working with local law enforcement, and even hiring security guards.
It may seem strange to hold a property owner responsible for someone else's criminal actions, but as a society, we all have a duty to protect each other. Businesses or venues tend to have a larger portion of the responsibility under premises liability law. Plus, these incidents are often covered under the business’s insurance policy, which a crime victim does not have to fall back on unless he or she files a negligent security claim.
If you were harmed during the commission of a crime on another’s property, please call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. These cases are complicated, but there may be compensation available to pay for your injuries, emotional trauma, property damage, and more. For a free consultation with a Denver negligent security attorney, call (877) 433-3906. We’ll make sure you’re taken care of, and work with you to get the justice you deserve.