Holding businesses and landlords accountable for insufficient security that invites crime and violence
Some call it a “stop and rob.” All that is necessary is a motivated, often desperate, robber and an unwilling, often unsuspecting, victim meeting at the wrong place at the wrong time. Robberies can occur in private or public spaces.
Types of Robbery
Most people think of robberies as those committed against banks and financial institutions, but they are actually quite rare. Late night retail stores like gas stations, or convenience stores, are more common. However, most robberies occur on the street or apartment complex or housing complex, directly against a person, and are called a strong-arm robbery. When someone uses force or fear against you to steal your car, it’s called carjacking. When someone robs you in your home, it is called a home-invasion.
Convenience stores and other retail establishments have cash on hand or customers in the parking lot will become targets for robbery, theft, and physical assault, battery and sex crimes. Some establishments have pulled exterior security in an attempt to increase deny-ability to knowledge of this crime.
If security precautions are not in place, these establishments, apartment complexes and more can be held liable. Experts in the field have identified policies, procedures, guidelines and technologies which keep workers and customers safer.
What types of locations and problems are included?
- Apartment complexes
- Hotels and Motels
- Parking lots
- Retail stores
Specific to regulations, these property owners and landlords have an obligation and duty to protect their patrons from dangerous situations and criminal acts of others. At the very least, the property owner is required to warn the customer or guest of any perils. To fail to do so is negligent.
What Actions Can Lead to a Negligent Security Case?
- Car Jackings
- Wrongful Death