It’s unusual to see violent crimes committed during the day. We even have the term “in broad daylight” to emphasize how strange it is. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that fewer violent crimes occur in well-lit areas. That’s why, whether you’re a property owner or a consumer, it’s essential to understand the importance of adequate lighting.
How Lighting Deters Crime
Offenders take on higher risk when they attempt unlawful activity in a well-lit area. They increase their chances of being seen by others who might call the police. Moreover, the victim and witnesses are more likely to identify their assailants under good lighting.
A study from spring 2019 found that better lighting reduces nighttime violent crimes by up to 36%. With numbers like that, it’s hard to argue against investing in proper lighting. It improves safety for guests and reduces the chances of a negligent security claim for property owners.
How Lighting Impacts You
If you find yourself the victim of a violent crime while on a poorly lit property, you may meet the requirements to file a negligent security claim. Failing to provide adequate lighting falls under neglecting security equipment.
Good lighting is the first line of defense against criminal activity. Lights are the most common and affordable deterrent for violent crime, especially when paired with surveillance cameras, emergency call boxes, and alert security personnel.
If you’re considering filing a negligent security claim, make sure you get pictures of the area (preferably at night) as soon as possible. These pictures will show what conditions were like at the time of the incident and can demonstrate that the property owner neglected to maintain adequate security of their premises. You must get these pictures as soon as possible. The property owner might improve their lighting once you file a claim.
If you were the victim of a violent crime due to negligent security measures, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced premises liability attorney from Pratt Clay to evaluate your claim, please send us an email or call 404-566-9460 .