Robberies, assaults, rapes and even murders happen much more frequently than people think on business property. Each year, thousands of people are victims of crimes occurring at apartment buildings, bars, hotels, college campuses, ATM machines, and even on church property. Many times these horrific crimes could have easily been prevented. Just as business owners are responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect individuals lawfully on their property from slip and fall and trip and fall accidents, they are equally responsible for taking reasonable precautions to protect individuals from the criminal acts of third parties. When they fail to do so, they may be held liable for the failure to have adequate security.
It is the responsibility of the business owner or landlord to make sure that all areas of their parking lots and stairwells are adequately lit. Depending on the situation, a business owner may also need to hire security guards to monitor cameras or patrol the business. Bars need to have adequate security personnel or “bouncers” to make sure that their customers are safe. There is no specific set of security measures that a business owner is required to take. It is dependent on the situation. Appropriate security measures for an ATM booth on a busy street will not be the same as those necessary to keep a large college campus safe.
Negligent security claims arise in a number of ways. Some common examples include:
- Failing to provide security cameras, security patrols or lighting in a parking garage, mall or shopping center;
- Failing to take steps to prevent intruders from gaining access to hotels, motels or hospitals;
- Failing to have sufficient personnel or “bouncers” to prevent potential customers from bringing weapons inside a bar and to prevent fights or other violent acts in bars;
- Failing to have automated door locks and video camera monitoring at an ATM booth;
- Failing to have adequate security personnel, security patrols and lighting on college campuses or dorms;
- Failing to have security personnel and lobby security systems to prevent unauthorized people from gaining access to tenants or visitors in commercial buildings; and
- Failing to provide adequate security personnel and lighting on the grounds of an apartment complex or appropriate locks on doors and windows.
If you or a loved one has been assaulted, raped, robbed or the victim of another crime because of the lack of adequate security measures, call KJC Law Firm for a free consultation. There is no cost or obligation, and we can meet with you in your home if necessary. We have over 60 years of experience litigating major cases in Massachusetts. We have the resources to investigate your claim, hire the necessary experts, and get you the compensation that you deserve. KJC Law Firm represents injured people from communities all across Massachusetts, including the Greater Boston area, Cambridge, MetroWest, Cape Cod, Fall River, Lowell, Worcester and Springfield.