The Law Center

Negligent Security Claims

The theory, negligent security can help you recover as a victim of crime against a security company who breached its legal duty to protect you.  You may have been the victim of a criminal attack while you were on someone else’s property, typically a commercial property. Business owners have an obligation to ensure their property is safe for the public to visit, which includes having proper security measures.

Some examples include:

  • Being robbed at an ATM
  • Being mugged in the parking lot of a shopping center or mall
  • Being assaulted in a hotel room
  • Being assaulted in the lobby of an apartment complex
  • Being robbed while pumping gas at a station
  • Being raped on a college campus

And there are many more possibilities. By law, commercial establishments have a duty to provide an appropriate amount of security.


While you are responsible for knowing what is going on around you in the community, businesses are also responsible for knowing what is happening in their neighborhoods. If you go to a gas station in a part of town that is known to be rough and many of the station’s outside lights aren’t working, the owner could be held liable if you are attacked while you’re pumping gas.

If you were the victim of a crime at a commercial establishment, you have a potential legal claim. Some questions you might ask yourself include:

  • What is the crime rate at the location you were injured?
  • Was the lighting adequate where the crime occurred?
  • Were the locks on the doors in good working order?
  • Did the establishment have a surveillance system?
  • Did it have private security guards to patrol the area?

Even if the establishment has security and good lighting in the main areas, it might not have sufficient security in parking lots or other key areas.  Taking note of these circumstances will help your attorney investigate your case.

If you were a victim of crime and a security company could have prevented your injury, you need a negligent security attorney.  Click the link below for a free evaluation of your case.