Negligent or inadequate security cases involve the failure of business or property owners, such as mall and shopping center operators, apartment and residential rental housing owners, hotels and motels, restaurants, etc., to implement reasonable and ordinary security measures necessary for the protection of their customers from crime.
If you have been the victim of negligent security, call Murray & Damschen, P.C., today for a free assessment of your case.
Inadequate Security Cases
As a general rule, business owners are not liable for crime such as robbery, rape, kidnapping or gang activity occurring on their property. However, if there has been a pattern of crime on and about the business property, or if the nature of the business makes it susceptible to criminal activity, Colorado law may impose a duty upon a business owner to implement reasonable security measures designed to prevent or deter future crimes. The duty becomes more pronounced when a contractual relationship such as a leasing agreement exists between the victim and the property owner.
A property owner may be held responsible for breaching this duty when he or she fails to provide reasonable security measures such as increased or better lighting, security guards, better or additional locks, installation of video surveillance equipment, perimeter protection, overall improved maintenance of the business property, or even simply posting warnings of potential dangers.
Property Owner Negligence
Our attorneys have years of experience representing the victims of inadequate security measures. Trial work is what we do, and we do it well. However, we also represent parties in mediation and arbitration in situations where a relevant contract with an alternative dispute resolution provision exists.