Jeffrey P. Gale, P.A. // Changing Societal Expectations Impact Negligent Security Law

To defeat a negligent security claim arising from a violent crime, property owners and event organizers used to be able to hide behind the defense that nothing similar happened in the past. In a society buried in cellphone footage of violent crimes, juries are less inclined to give those who hold the safety of others in their hands a free strike or two before holding them accountable. Those in control of surrounding circumstances are now expected to be proactive in protecting against foreseeable harm.

Examples of proactive conduct include:

  • A visible security presence including guards and cameras.
  • Training employees to spot troubling signs such as unusual nervousness, threatening comments, excessive intoxication.
  • Adequate lighting.
  • Crowd control.
  • Metal detectors.

It is not unreasonable for the public to expect those who have invited their presence to undertake reasonable measures to assure their safety and welfare.



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