Do You Have a Negligent Security Claim as a Victim of Crime at a Business?
Being the victim of a crime may cause life-threatening injuries as well as long-term psychological injuries from the terror of the incident.
It can be even more difficult for you to move forward with your life if the incident occurred on another person's property—especially if the business or property owner could have taken steps to prevent the crime.
If you suffered injuries as a victim of a crime in Idaho, you may have a negligent security claim against the business or property owner where the incident occurred.
What Is a Negligent Security Claim?
Business and property owners are required to keep their premises safe from dangerous conditions, including crimes. While owners aren't expected to control the actions of criminals, they have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect guests on their properties.
Property owners may be found negligent if they:
- Fail to provide security guards or patrols on properties where crimes are known to occur
- Fail to provide adequate lighting in parking lots, hallways, and other unsafe areas
- Fail to provide surveillance cameras in dangerous areas such as parking lots, parking garages, convenience stores, and other threatened businesses
- Neglect to fence or gate areas known to be in high-crime locations
- Fail to repair broken doors, locks, and gates
- Fail to repair or replace defective security systems
- Fail to repair broken emergency call boxes
- Fail to conduct proper background checks on employees who later commit a crime at the business
Businesses and Property Owners With a Duty to Provide Adequate Security
Many businesses and property owners could face liability to a victim of a crime due to negligent security. These include:
- Apartment complexes, condominiums, and other rental properties
- Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs
- Hotels and motels
- Shopping malls, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other retail businesses
- Train stations, airports, and bus/mass transit stations
- Office buildings
- Amusement parks, sports arenas, public parks, and other recreational facilities
- Banks and ATMs
- K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities
If you were a victim of crime where business or property owners failed to provide adequate security, you need the assistance of an experienced premises liability attorney to hold them accountable. Read my testimonials from satisfied clients. Then, call my office to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how I can help you fight for rightful compensation.