A business has a duty to keep its customers and employees safe during their visit to the establishment.  A business can include shopping malls, parking garages, office buildings, motels,  etc.  Going after the individual who committed the crime is usually a zero sum game, so thinking about the establishment’s negligent security becomes an important aspect in analyzing your legal case.

The standard is foreseeability of the criminal conduct.  When the conduct is foreseeable, such as in a high crime area, then the landlord has a duty to protect its patrons and employees.  If it is unforeseeable, then many times the landlord can simply point to that fact and rarely will be there be a case.  A landlord may be required to take adequate safety precautions such as proper lighting, security personnel, locked buildings, safe walkways, etc.

If you have been hurt as a result of negligent security, call Funk & Associates for a free consult: (512) 472-FUNK.


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