Anyone can be the victim of a crime or violent act. Whether you are walking to your car in a parking garage, visiting a doctor in an office complex or shopping in a retail mall, property owners in the state of Florida have a duty to put reasonable security measures in place to protect people who come onto their property. If a property owner fails to do so and the lack of security results in injuries from third-party criminal activity, the injured party may have the right to bring a negligent security lawsuit against the property owner.
A negligent security claim, also referred to as an inadequate security claim, arises when a property owner is negligent in providing adequate security for their premises. If a customer, patron or resident is injured on the premises by a third party or has personal property stolen or damaged, the property owner can be held civilly liable.