Experienced Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyers Hold Property Owners Responsible for Your Safety
Negligent security is a direct threat to your well-being
Security is a critical part of any property whether it involves simple door locks or live guards posted throughout. A lack of security not only leaves the property at risk of burglars or vandalism, but puts visitors and tenants in danger of theft and assault. If you were the victim of a crime that could have been prevented with proper security measures, you can file for compensation for your losses. The Philadelphia negligent security lawyers at McCann & Wall know the stress and impact these sorts of events can have on innocent victims and aggressively fight for rightful compensation on your behalf.
The risks of insufficient or absent security
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain a safe building and grounds. That not only includes proper maintenance, but also sufficient protection of the area. Without security measures, the property and its occupants are vulnerable to incidents including:
- Assault — There were more than 40,000 violent crimes in Pennsylvania in 2013 alone, and if you are assaulted on someone else’s property, you can hold that person responsible for your safety or lack thereof
- Auto theft — Property owners may not think about protecting parking lots or alleyways, but these are prime site for criminals looking to steal vehicles
- Burglary and robbery — If a thief enters the property, items can be stolen and occupants can be accosted and robbed
- Vandalism — Defacement of property not only affects the appearance of a property, but it can affect the value of nearby or incorporated properties and lead to future incidents
Causes of negligent security
Even if security appears to be in place, that security might not be sufficient to protect everyone it should. Here are some common reasons that security fails on a property:
- Faulty equipment — Proper security can require a substantial upfront investment, but if a property owner cuts corners early on, such as by buying substandard locks, it can have a major impact later.
- Gaps in coverage — Even a property with strong security may suffer from a blind spot. Thieves and other criminals are experts at finding those blind spots and exploiting them for their personal gain.
- Lack of training — Guards and surveillance personnel are only as good as their training. If a person doesn’t know the property or their tools, they cannot do their job.
If a property owner has security in place, they can still be found responsible for failings in their security solution, which ultimately caused your damages. Work with an attorney to determine who is at fault for your losses and get the compensation you’re entitled to.
When Security Fails, Someone Should Be Held Accountable, and Our Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyers Are on Your Side
You have a right to feel safe on someone else’s property, and if they fail to provide a secure environment, they are at fault. Work with our attorneys in order to build a case so that you can be compensated for any financial loss, physical injury or emotional suffering caused during a security lapse. For a free consultation, call the law firm of McCann & Wall at 215-569-8488, or 302-888-1221, or contact us online. Our Philadelphia negligent security lawyers have 26 years of combined experience aggressively pursuing damages for our clients. We represent victims in Pennsylvania including Delaware County and Chester County, Delaware and New Jersey.