You will hear us say time and time again that not every business needs to develop the same security plan in order to provide adequate security. For example, a jewelry store in downtown Milwaukee may need very different security protections than a dentist’s office in a rural part of the state. Thus, while both types of businesses have a duty to provide adequate security for people who are lawfully on their property, they are not obligated to provide exactly the same type of security.
Three Things to Consider When Deciding What Type of Security Precautions to Take
As you consider whether the business where you were hurt provided you with adequate security, it is important to think about:
- The foreseeability of an attack on the property. Property owners should consider, for example, previous crimes on their own property and similarly properties.
- Whether proper background checks where done on employees. This is important if it was an employee who attacked you.
- Whether the security was similar to similar businesses in the general area. In other words, would a reasonable property owner have had security guards, security cameras, fencing, or other security measures in place that this property owner did not have?
Of course, these are not the only things that property owners should think about when implementing security plans.
The Bottom Line: Businesses Have a Duty to Provide Reasonable Security
If you were hurt at a business that you believe failed to provide you with reasonable security, then you should know whether the business was negligent in the security that it provided to you. If the business was negligent, then you may be able to recover damages from the property owner or his insurer for the damages that you suffered. To learn more, please read the resources available in the related links box and start a live chat with us today.