Negligent security accidents can be avoided. When we enter a business to shop, or arrive at a property for work, we may not realize the property is under 24-hour surveillance. This discreet security measure isn’t meant for us to see, but we want the assurance that it’s there to protect us. As residents of some of the busiest cities in the United States, Floridians have come to expect that property owners are taking necessary measures to protect those who visit from coming to harm as we work, shop, dine, and relax.
What happens after a negligent security accident?
However, there are times when crime does occur and a person may sustain serious injuries in a shooting, or worse, they could lose their life. Who becomes liable when visitors to a property or business become victims of negligent security accidents? How can business owners make an effort to deter negligent security accidents from occurring? The Shaked Law Resource Blog has the answer!
In South Florida, it seems everywhere we go while out in public, crime rates are rising. No matter how well we protect ourselves, no one is 100% safe from becoming the victim of a criminal act. However, there are ways we can protect ourselves and our loved ones that reduce the risk of becoming victims of violent crime. One way of lowering our risk is to avoid areas that aren’t well lit at night. We should also make an effort to avoid those lacking security cameras. At times, it’s difficult to avoid such places when employment dictates a job is to be done in an area known for high crime.
Something as simple as a security camera on the premises can deter common criminals from committing an act of violence such as a shooting or an armed robbery. This simple measure has the potential of saving hundreds of lives per year. Most of the time, realizing that a potential crime scene is too secure sends the would-be criminal on their way. Those who commit crimes don’t want to be identified, arrested, and sent to prison!
How are business owners lowering their risk of negligent security accidents?
However, what happens in the event there are no security cameras on the premises to deter would-be criminals from committing a violent act undetected? That’s when the negligent security accidents rise exponentially. Most likely, a property without adequate security measures in place, in area where crime is high, would be the prime property chosen by a criminal to commit a violent crime. Criminals know they have a low chance of being identified after the fact. Business owners are aware of how criminals looking to commit crimes operate. It’s important for business owners to act reasonably, outfitting their investment with security measures to deter as much criminal activity as possible.
Look at the crime rates
Next, let’s look at what crime rates mean for negligent security risk.
In neighborhoods or areas of a city with high crime rates, those who are intent on committing a crime will cause trouble in places known for their lax security. Business owners in areas of high crime must be even more diligent in their security measures than their peers who own businesses in more affluent areas.
Nonetheless, security measures affect every proprietor of a business, no matter what the crime rate in the area they operate. Protecting the public, as well as their employees, from suffering the consequences of a shooting that takes place on an ill-equipped property is the responsibility of the business owner. Should the owner choose to neglect this responsibility, it’s a possibility that they’ll become liable for any crime that occurs as a result. It’s this liability putting them in danger of litigation being brought against them for negligent security accidents. If litigation is brought against them, it’s costly, especially when the case goes to trial. The public, as well as employees, should never be made to suffer the dangerous outcome of a careless business owner! Those consequences can range from accidental shootings, stabbings, and assaults, to homicides that result in multiple fatalities.
How is South Florida handling its recent crime wave?
Now, no matter how well-protected a business or property is, crime rates may still rise from time to time. And unfortunately, South Florida has seen a wave of violent crime in recent months. Shooting after shooting in business after business, it doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. Why is that? What’s being done to prevent these violent acts from occurring? Last June, at a Northwest Miami-Dade Taco Bell restaurant a shooting was responsible for the loss of two innocent lives, leaving two families faced with the tragic loss of their loved ones.
Crimes like the Taco Bell shooting and similar occurrences don’t have to happen. They can be most easily prevented by responsible business owners who put adequate security measures in place. Despite this, Taco Bell, among other fast-food chains, has seen a dangerous crime wave dating back to summer 2018. The reasons for the spike in violent acts can be almost entirely attributed to negligent security on the part of a franchise owner who fails to make necessary security changes to their property upon the realization that the crime rate is higher in the area in which they own their business.
Maintaining security measures
Taco Bell and other fast food chains have a responsibility to ensure their franchisees are aware of how to properly secure their business’ against violent crime in neighborhoods with crime rates that are higher than average. Ultimately, it comes down to the business owner to follow through on the training employees receive. Installing security measures, and employing on-site security guards through a reputable security company is not where the responsibility ends. It’s the sole responsibility of the business owner, after taking the initial steps, to continue maintaining those measures for the life of the business. A damaged camera or untrained security guard cannot properly protect the premises. This lack of oversight leaves the property vulnerable to negligent security accidents.
How do experienced accident lawyers help victims of negligent security accidents?
Shaked Law Firm has tried and won countless Negligent Security cases and obtained in the multi millions of dollars on behalf of our clients who by no fault of their own became involved in violent assaults, shootings, and homicides. We’ve witnessed acts of violence–shootings, stabbings, and assaults–that could’ve been prevented, had the business owner acted responsibly and secured their property. If a business owner chooses to neglect this responsibility, and chooses not to put the safety of their employees, of the public first, they put themselves at-risk for litigation. Business owners, take note!
Follow these tips to reduce the risk of negligent security accidents:
- Armed security guards: Armed guards on a property in areas known for crime waves or consistently high crime is essential. Employing licensed guards with proper training to patrol the property deters criminals. Also, in the event of a crime, well-trained guards have the training to stop criminals in their tracks. This allows time to call law enforcement. Armed security guards save lives!
- Security cameras: Security cameras can mean the difference between violent crime and peaceful property. In the event crime occurs, there’s a better chance of law enforcement catching the perp and sending them to jail where they belong if properly working security cameras catch the criminal in action.
- Gates or fencing: In areas known for higher crime, it’s imperative to properly fence or gate the property, making it difficult for criminals to commit violent acts. For residential property owners such as landlords, installing guard gates at the front of the property and upholding a consistent policy of checking the ID of every visitor is a must.
- Lights: Keeping a property well lit during nighttime hours deters even the most experienced criminals. Criminals never want to be caught committing their crime. Most criminals hoping to commit violent acts use the cover of darkness to prey on innocent victims such as employees on the property to install cable, or apartment residents coming home from work. Keeping the property well lit and fixing any broken lighting is another must for business owners and landlords alike.