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How Can You Prove Negligent Security?

By Grant Law Office on January 20, 2023

Property owners have a duty to provide security for anyone invited to their property. Whether they rent a home or business property, security must be guaranteed at all times. Suppose a property owner fails to meet these requirements and does not take the necessary steps toward providing adequate security; in that case, they are responsible for any resulting losses or damages due to negligent security. Read on to learn more about negligent security and how an attorney can help you get compensated.

Things That Can Go Wrong with Negligent Security

Negligent security generally refers to a lack of sufficient measures to secure the property from possible harm. Many things can go wrong with negligent security. Some of them include the following:

  • Broken Locks: When owners of commercial buildings or landlords fail to repair damaged locks on time, there is a risk of intrusion. Thugs or thieves can easily gain access to the property and harm residents inside or get away with valuable items like money, jewelry, or electronics.
  • Poor Lighting: Lighting is an essential factor in safeguarding properties. Many things can go wrong with poor lighting, especially in a parking lot. For instance, intruders can sneak through a dark parking lot and break into a building to damage property. They can also steal vehicles without detection.
  • Unreliable or Broken Security Systems: A building is only as good as its security system. If the security system is broken or unreliable, thieves can easily access the building and cause damage. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that all parts of a security system are functioning properly.
  • Poorly Trained Security Guards: Guards play a key role in securing properties, especially high-end residences and commercial properties. When guards lack proper security training, they might fail to protect residents. Security personnel should be skilled in keeping threats at bay and dealing with intruders appropriately.

Required Security Measures

As mentioned, it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep the building secure. Thankfully, there are many security measures a property owner can take to keep residents safe. Some of them include the following:

  • Installing peepholes in doors
  • Installing video cameras that capture all events in and around the building
  • Installing strong gates and fences that keep intruders and other perpetrators at bay
  • Having an updated security system that can detect and raise the alarm in case of any intrusion

Proving Negligent Security

It can be challenging to prove liability in a negligent security case. If the incident happened in a commercial building, you would think there are many security cameras that capture the incident. While this is possible, insurance companies could try to change the narrative and blame the victim for what happened, or they may not have required security cameras for the building. The negligent security law holds Georgia property owners responsible when they fail to secure a building, and it results in crime. Having a negligent security attorney to help you prove liability in your case is crucial.

Let Grant Law Office Attorneys Help

Cases against careless and irresponsible property owners can be very helpful in covering losses or paying expenses if there were injuries. These cases can not only help you as a victim but also force the property owner to take responsibility and enhance security in the building. If you or your loved one has sustained injuries due to negligent security, our attorneys at Grant Law Office are ready to help. Call (404) 995-3955 to talk about the case and the next steps you should take.

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