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Negligent Security Law Firm
If you believe that a property owner’s negligent security contributed to or directly caused your accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced negligent security lawyer in North Miami Beach on your side. Contact the Law Offices of Victor Dante to learn more about all of your legal options. Call us at 305-949-2526 today to discuss your case.
Commercial business owners and landlords in North Miami Beach and throughout the State of Florida have a legal duty to provide a safe premises for their clients and guests. This duty includes providing a safe and secure establishment that is relatively guarded from criminal acts. While commercial business owners and landlords cannot possibly prevent all crimes from occurring on their property, providing adequate security can deter criminal behavior and lessen the likelihood of a client or renter sustaining serious harm.
Inadequate security is an all too common problem in many parts of North Miami Beach. Businesses that are looking to reduce overhead costs may fail to install security cameras or avoid trimming bushes and hedges around the property line. Businesses and apartment complexes without adequate security often invite criminal activity and provide a dark and safe place for criminals to commit various violent crimes, including robbery, rape, or assault and battery.
Proving Inadequate Security in Florida
In order to win your negligent security lawsuit in the State of Florida, a plaintiff must prove the following:
Inadequate security is similar to other forms of premises liability, in that you must establish that the property owner should’ve foreseen the consequences that their negligence would cause. This can be done in several ways:
- By establishing that the inadequate security created an environment in which imminent harm was to be expected or foreseen.
- That the property was located in an area or neighborhood with high crime or other dangers.
- That the type of property itself invited criminal activity more frequently, such as ATMs or gas stations.
- That the act was foreseeable by the owner because of similar instances occurring on or near the property in the past.
Types of Inadequate Security
Companies and property owners can create a dangerous environment by failing to perform a number of safety measures, including:
- Not hiring security guards
- Failing to install enough lighting in parking lots and outdoor corridors
- Failing to install security video cameras
- Allowing bushes and hedges to grow too tall
- Not providing sturdy locks on doors and windows
- Not installing alarms on doors and windows
- Failure to properly screen new tenants and employees
- Failure to establish security protocols and procedures
Injuries due to Inadequate Security
When property owners fail to install necessary systems that protect their customers and discourage criminal activity, serious and life-threatening injuries can occur. Some of these injuries include:
In addition to life-threatening physical injuries, victims of violent crimes due to inadequate security will also deal with numerous psychological and emotional injuries that can take a lifetime to heal. Some of those emotional injuries include:
ATMs and Gas Station Inadequate Security
ATM machines and gas stations are two of the most popular premises that attract criminals looking for an easy target. Without proper security, those two premises could be terrifyingly dangerous for all clients and customers. Cash machines that are located in dark parking lots or where they cannot be monitored by street traffic are prime targets for criminals looking to score a quick buck. Likewise, gas stations that are unattended or that are inadequately lit can provide an easy target for criminals looking to steal a car, someone’s purse, or engage in more sinister activity. Outdoor gas station bathrooms that are not monitored make an easy and sheltered location for a variety of criminal activities that range from lewd behavior to rape.