Businesses must provide adequate security to their patrons and employees. If a business is in an area with prevalent violent crimes, they must take additional steps to provide adequate security. Cameras have become a popular and affordable way to provide that security. However, ignoring security cameras creates liability.
Businesses must provide security that is reasonable for their location. For most, that means providing adequate lighting inside and around the premises, installing security cameras, monitoring those security cameras, and having a trained security guard when necessary.
Security cameras are both a visual deterrent and more of a tool for prevention and interception. With proper monitoring, a trained security guard can rush to the scene and attempt to stop a violent crime in progress. However, a security camera must be monitored to be effective.
Merely owning and installing security cameras is not enough. For example, using a fake or broken security camera, even one with high visibility, does not absolve a property owner of their duty to protect guests and employees.
Similarly, the camera must have someone watching it. An unsupervised camera recording the night does not reduce premises liability in Georgia. If the crime was preventable, had there been proper security monitoring, then the property owner may be liable for negligent security.
Businesses take on negligent security liability when reasonable and effective security measures would have prevented a crime. In an extreme case, if a security guard fails to notice a violent crime happening on camera, the business would be liable as they failed to provide adequate security for a preventable crime.
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 Atlanta liability attorney from Pratt Clay to evaluate your claim, please send us an email or call 404-566-9460 .