Similar to Premise Liability, all property owners in Florida have an ongoing responsibility to maintain and secure their properties in a safe manner. But from time to time, a heightened security is required for all guests and tenants after a dangerous incident on the property (or one nearby). For example, if an assault, rape, burglary, shooting, or another violent crime were to take please on or near the property, owners would be required to increase certain security standards on their own premises.
The security in place should be consistent with any and all criminal activity in the area to protect those individuals physically residing within an owner’s property. Unfortunately, many property owners provide little or no security to protect against these criminal and violent acts. Examples of inadequate security can be failure to have any security personnel, an improperly trained security personnel, failure to install surveillance cameras, improper locks and control of the area with gates or other security devices, and inadequate lighting.
These incidents can occur at any number of public places such as hotels, apartments, shopping malls, and parking lots. Victims of any violent crime should consider the location where they were injured and be aware that the property owner may be liable for failing to properly secure the area to protect individuals from these incidents. A consultation with our experienced attorneys, David Beers and Jim Gordon, will be crucial in determining whether a property owner was or was not at fault.