What is a NC Property Owner’s Duty to Provide Security?
In general, property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors. This is particularly true of business owners who open their properties to the general public, such as retail stores, shopping malls and hotels and motels.
When a North Carolina resident is injured in a crime committed on someone else’s property, the owner and/or operator of the property could be liable. Criminal activity can take place anywhere in North Carolina. That means it is possible for inadequate security to play a role in criminal incidents at practically any type of facility. Some of the more common locations where inadequate security liability arises include:
- Apartment complexes
- Hotels, motels and inns
- Parking decks and parking lots
- Bars, clubs and restaurants
- Stores, malls and shopping centers
- Office buildings
- Theaters, arenas and sports stadiums
- Schools, universities and daycare centers
- ATMs and banks
- Hospitals and nursing homes
- Parks and amusement parks
- Airports, train stations, bus stations and other public transportation facilities.
Owners and operators of these establishments have a duty to guard against foreseeable criminal attacks carried out by third parties. The business or property owner must take reasonable security measures to protect against anticipated threats. What qualifies as “reasonable” depends on a number of factors, including the history of criminal activity at the particular establishment or in the area.
Depending on the circumstances, reasonable security measures could include:
- Surveillance cameras
- Removing other guests who are intoxicated or violent
- Performing background checks on employees
- Alarm systems
- Security guards
- Adequate crowd control
- Sufficient lighting
- Functional locks and gates
- Screening of visitors and guests
- Call boxes or intercoms
- Warning signs
- Remedying problems that led to previous crimes.
If a lack of security has resulted in your being injured or has caused the death of a family member, an experienced North Carolina inadequate security attorney from Hardison & Cochran can help you. You may be able to recover compensation to help with medical bills, loss of income as you recover, your pain and suffering and more.
Contact Our North Carolina Inadequate Security Lawyers Today
If you’ve been injured in a criminal attack because of a lack of security on another property owner’s premises, call the experienced North Carolina inadequate security lawyers at Hardison & Cochran toll free today at 800-434-8399, or fill out our online contact form.
We represent victims of inadequate security in Raleigh, Cary, Wake County, Research Triangle Park, Durham and elsewhere in the Triangle, as well as in Fayetteville, Dunn, Southern Pines, Wilmington, Person County, Greensboro and the Triad, and throughout North Carolina.