Negligent Security

Negligent Security Lawyer

You have legal options as the victim of crime in Gwinnett County. Not only do you have the right to file a civil claim against the criminal, but you might also have a case against the owner of the property on which the incident occurred. Contact our Gwinnett County negligent security lawyers at Dermer Appel Ruder to discuss your rights after a criminal attack in or around Peachtree Corners, Georgia. We’ll investigate your situation and let you know your opportunities moving forward. Call (404) 620-2224 for a free consultation today. 

What Is Negligent Security?

If someone is guilty of “negligent security,” it means he or she did not properly ensure the safety of visitors from security-related issues, such as rape, robberies or assaults. While Georgia law does not expect a landowner to stop all crimes, it does ask that he or she take “reasonable” precautions to prevent crimes based on the history of the area. Examples of actions that may qualify as negligent security include:

  • Never researching the criminal history of the premises or neighborhood
  • Refusing to spend money on security measures
  • Failing to put up a fence and/or gate
  • Not repairing broken parking lot or ATM lights
  • Failing to hire security guards, if necessary
  • Not installing cameras, alarms, and other security equipment
  • Permitting many different people to have copies of keys
  • Ignoring request to repair doors, windows, and locks

To determine if someone’s security attempts are negligent, the courts will look at the crime rate in the area. If your accident happened in a safe neighborhood with a low crime rate, the landowner might not be guilty of negligent security. If, however, the owner reasonably should have known that crime happened often at a location yet failed to fulfill the duty to provide adequate security, the owner could be guilty of negligence and liable for damages.

Possible Effects of Negligent Security

Negligent security is a dangerous shortcoming that can have serious repercussions. A grocery store, bank, gas station, convenience store, apartment building, or another place with lax security can become a target for crime in Gwinnett County. In the first six months of 2018, Gwinnett County recorded 635 property crimes and 177 violent crimes. Failure to keep an area reasonably safe for customers, tenants, and other invited guests could result in preventable incidents such as violent crimes, homicide, mugging, robbery, vandalism, assault, rape, and other tragedies. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result, our Gwinnett County negligent security attorneys have the experience to help you secure compensation.

Who Is Liable?

Property owners may be liable for crimes related to negligent security if they reasonably should have taken further steps to ensure the safety of the area. If the property owner did everything he or she legally could to prevent crime, but crime occurred anyways, the courts might not hold the property owner liable. In this case, your only option for recovery would likely be a lawsuit against the criminal. Otherwise, the criminal and the negligent property owner could be defendants in your case.

After suffering injuries or property losses in a criminal attack, the Gwinnett County police will launch an investigation into who attacked or harmed you. If they find the perpetrator, the county will press charges against him or her in the criminal courts. It’s up to you to also file a civil claim against the criminal in pursuit of financial recovery. The city won’t file this claim for you. It is also your responsibility to bring a claim against the negligent property owner, if applicable.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

A Gwinnett County negligent security lawyer from Dermer Appel Ruder can help you file your premises liability claim within Georgia’s two-year deadline (four years for property-damage-only claims). We can also get to the bottom of who might be liable for your damages, including a negligent property or business owner. We’ll make the entire claims process easy so that you can focus on getting back on your feet.

If you’ve been a victim of negligent security in Atlanta or any surrounding areas, schedule your free legal consultation today.


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