Inadequate or negligent security at businesses, schools, sporting events, parking garages, apartment buildings, and other locations with a history of inadequate security can potentially be held responsible for not providing adequate security.
Examples of security lapses that can lead to a negligent security claim include:
- Lack of security
- Poorly trained security guards
- Broken security cameras, door locks, automatic locking doors and windows
- Dark or poor lighting
- Broken or missing locks on gates and fences
- Overgrown landscaping
- Non-working or broken alarms and metal detectors
- Failure to search for weapons
- Failure to have personnel at strategic places, such as at a front desk in a hotel or bouncer at a bar doorway
Potential Causes of Security Negligence in North Carolina
Security guards or others trained in security maneuvers may be necessary to protect you on certain types of property.
Inadequately Trained Staff
Any staff member responsible for providing security must be adequately trained.
Dark places may make it easier for attacks to happen. Lighting must be routinely maintained and broken lights must be fixed promptly.
Inadequate Fencing, Locks, or Other Barriers
Fencing, locks, and other barriers such as security checkpoints help keep the public safe from potential attacks. Owners must monitor barriers and should fix broken locks or fencing as soon as they become aware of the problem.
Common Locations of Negligent Security Incidents
- Parking lots and parking garages. These areas should be well lighted, and if necessary have call buttons and security guards.
- Bars and nightclubs. These are often areas where fights tend to break out. Reasonable security measures to protect patrons should be in place and enforced. These may include metal detectors, bouncers, and other security personnel and measures.
- Apartment buildings. Building owners should provide reasonable security in all common areas. These might include security cameras, gates, call buttons.
- Amusement parks. These areas should be well lighted, and if necessary have call buttons and security guards.
- Colleges. Colleges and universities should take reasonable measures to protect students, staff, and visitors. This may include building-access limitations, adequate lighting, immediate warnings of dangerous activity, emergency call buttons, security guards where and when necessary, such as at football games, concerts, and other large campus gatherings.
- Hospitals. Some attacks may be prevented by having reasonable security measures in place and by properly training staff as to what to do if an attack occurs.
- Schools. Preschool, elementary, and secondary schools also have a responsibility to keep students, staff, and visitors safe. This may include locked doors, resource offices, and requiring personal identification to enter the building.
- Stores and shopping malls. Some attacks may be prevented by having reasonable security measures in place and by properly training staff as to what to do if an attack occurs.
- Self-storage facilities. Some attacks may be prevented with adequate lighting, cameras, and locks, and by having reasonable security measures in place and by properly training staff as to what to do if an attack occurs.
- Hotels. Attacks can occur in any area of a hotel at any time. Hotels have a duty to provide reasonable security, including adequate locks on hotel room doors and security measures in common areas, such as self-locking doors and elevator entrance keys where appropriate.
- Banks. Banks have a duty to not only protect the money and securities located in the vault and the personal belongings in lock boxes, but also to protect their employees and others in the bank. Protection mechanisms in today’s banks should include at minimum, staff properly trained in security measures, security cameras, and other security measures, such as panic buttons that summon the police.
- Sports stadiums. Sports stadiums have ramped up security in recent years for obvious reasons. Bag checks, metal detectors, security guards, security cameras, police presence (both uniformed and plain clothed), ample parking lot lighting, and digital wristbands are among the measures many stadiums have taken.
Common Injuries From Negligent Security
- Brain and head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Sexual assault injuries
- Gunshot wounds
- Knife attack
NC Negligent Security Lawyers Offer FREE Case Evaluation
It’s the law to provide protection for those on your property if you are aware or should be aware of danger.
If you or someone you know has been attacked or suffered a personal injury on someone else’s property as a result of negligent security, compensation for injuries and losses may be in order. Contact us today or call 1-866-900-7078 for a FREE case evaluation. We’re available 24/7.