When Negligent Or Inadequate Security Is A Threat To Your Safety
When you are out and about, running errands or going out with friends, you can reasonably expect to be in a safe environment. Stores, restaurants and universities alike have a responsibility to provide you with a certain degree of security, but when they fail to do so, you may find yourself exposed to dangerous criminal activity.
State College and the neighboring central Pennsylvania area is a relatively safe place, but the unexpected can still happen. At Rehmeyer & Allatt, our seasoned attorneys work with clients who have suffered injuries due to negligent or inadequate security, and we treat these cases with the attention and commitment they deserve.
What Constitutes Reasonable Security?
When an individual is harmed due to negligent security, he or she can file what is essentially a version of a premises liability claim. There is an onus on the property owner to provide a reasonable level of security, although illustrating what that level is can prove complicated. An attorney may be able to show that negligence was exhibited if:
- There is a pattern. Similar instances of crime have occurred on the property in the past, and the owner’s inaction has allowed it to continue.
- Security devices are inadequate. Broken locks or ineffective alarms can foster dangerous criminal behavior.
- The property is in a high-crime area. If a business is in an area with a heightened level of criminal activity, the owner should take reasonable measures to protect patrons.
- Staff is unprepared. A failure to properly prepare employees for potentially dangerous events can also subject a business owner to premises liability claims.
Other behaviors can also demonstrate a lack of reasonable security, and an experienced lawyer can help you assess the merits of your negligent security case. At Rehmeyer & Allatt, we take the time to thoroughly assess our clients’ claims before moving forward. This allows us to design an effective and comprehensive legal strategy.
Arrange For Your Free Consultation Today
An injury that stems from negligent or inadequate security can be a traumatic experience. Our lawyers take a caring and compassionate approach in these cases, and we are committed to helping our clients move forward with their lives. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 814-343-0453. Our firm is also available via email.