Negligent security is, in essence, a failure on the part of a property owner to provide adequate safety measures for residents, guests and lawful visitors.
What that means can vary from place to place – and even from time to time. What’s considered adequate security measures in a specific situation may be wholly inadequate in another – even in the same place.
Some examples of negligent security
Imagine that you’re on vacation and you’re staying in an upscale hotel. There have never been any incidents of violence on the premises or within the local area. However, the hotel employs a security guard for the lobby anyway. That’s probably adequate for the situation.
However, now imagine that the hotel’s owners are aware that a thief has managed to infiltrate the rooms of not only the guests at other hotels nearby but the rooms of some of their own guests. Unwilling to create any sense of alarm (which might damage their profits), they neither inform you of the potential danger nor add to their security team. You surprise the thief when you return to your room one night and are assaulted. That’s likely to be considered negligent security on the hotel’s part.
Similar examples can be applied to many different situations. For example:
- The hospital that didn’t have adequate lighting in its parking deck
- The apartment complex that did nothing about the drug dealers living there
- The university that didn’t warn students about attacks or hire additional security
- The office building that ignored the fact that the night watchman left the side door open and unattended on their smoke break
If you or a loved one suffered an injury because someone could have – and should have – been more careful about security, find out more about your legal right to fair compensation for your losses.