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Inadequate Security

Property owners have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for their patrons, renters and guests, including a duty to protect them from harm caused by foreseeable criminal acts.

When property and/or business owners fail to provide these measures, residents and guests are put at risk for criminal attack. The adequacy of the security measures employed may vary depending upon the location and type of business being operated.

Coker Law attorney Janeen Kirch spent 9-years as a prosecutor with the office of the State Attorney, Fourth Judicial District before joining the firm.  She spent most of her career there investigating and prosecuting violent crimes.

Kirch advises that a property owner owes a legal duty to invitees to maintain its premises in a reasonable safe condition.

Providing Adequate Security Measures:

That includes taking steps to prevent foreseeable criminal acts by providing adequate security measures such as:

  • Hiring security guards
  • Installing sufficient lighting
  • Installing security video cameras
  • Keeping bushes and hedges from growing too tall
  • Providing sturdy locks and alarms on doors and windows
  • Ensuring that exits are marked and easily accessible

This responsibility also extends to homeowners.  Homeowners need to ensure the safety of visitors or house guests by maintaining their premises in a reasonably safe condition and warn of any dangers that they do or should know exist.

Businesses or charitable organizations hosting an event have the same duty as homeowners and property owners to provide security and safety measure, but in addition they also need to implement a security plan to prevent foreseeable crime.

While slip and falls or other injuries are serious and should be prevented, a bigger concern would be a criminal attack as a result of negligent security. Criminal attacks can lead to minor bodily injury all the way up to death. Violence is serious and should be taken seriously.

Negligent Security Can Result In:
  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • More recently, mass shootings and acts of terrorism

These cases have been successfully concluded by Coker Law against owners/operators of businesses including: shopping centers, banks, bars, hotels, restaurants, schools and universities, airlines, parking lots, condominium and apartment buildings, homeowners’ associations, event promoters, night clubs, strip clubs, video arcades, bowling alleys, private security companies, daycare facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and office buildings.

Today, it’s just common sense to be proactive and take a careful look around you to ensure that an event, business or the place you may be looking to live has taken the appropriate steps to keep you safe.

Questions To Ask:
  • What crimes have occurred in that area in the last three years? – they must tell you
  • Is the area well lit at night?
  • Are there security guards 24 hours a day?
  • Does it provide a monitored or secured point of entry/ like a gated community?
  • What do the online reviews say about security?

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Finally, if you are hurt or injured in a business or on a residential property, seek medical treatment immediately and then contact us to to determine if there is liability on the part of the operator or property owner.

Attorney Janeen Kirch is among several attorneys at Coker Law who have successfully litigated many  cases where the failure of a land/business owner to provide adequate security resulted in the death of guests or patrons or left them with severe, life altering injuries.

We have the resources and know-how to represent you in these types of cases.

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