In any premises that is open to the public, reasonable measures must be put in place in order to keep all guests safe. This can mean making sure that there are no obvious hazards, such as broken glass on the floor or broken staircases. However, it can also mean that the premises in question has the legal responsibility to ensure that adequate security is in place, especially in premises such as apartment complexes, bars, shopping malls and liquor stores.
If there is not adequate security in place within a premises, it could make it a target for criminal activity, and this can potentially put visitors at risk. For example, if a person is assaulted at a bar and there is no security guard to take action as a result, the victim may suffer serious damages.
In addition, shops may become victim to theft, with customers potentially being robbed themselves, if adequate security is not in place. At times like these, the premises may be held legally liable for damages due to negligent security.
How is negligent security proven under the law in the state of Connecticut?
In order to make a claim against a premises accusing them of negligence, it must be proven that the premises had a certain duty to the guest, and that they breached this duty. When this is applied to negligent security issues, it must be proven that the premises did, in fact, have a duty to provide adequate security in the first place.
Next, it needs to be shown that this breach of duty actually led to damages taking place, and if this duty to provide adequate security had been abided by, the damages or full extent of damages would not have occurred. For example, if a security guard was not present but should have been and, as a result, an apartment in a building was robbed, it could be argued that the robbery would not have occurred if adequate security was in place.
If you have suffered damages in the state of Connecticut as a result of negligent security, it is important to take action so that you can hold the relevant party responsible.