If you own a home, it’s crucial that you understand adequate security. Having a proper security system not only protects you and your family, it might protect you from a potential negligent security claim, especially if you have tenants or host a lot of parties. To help explain, let’s take a closer look at the basics homeowners should know about adequate security.
A Duty to Protect?
Negligent security claims require that the plaintiff (the person injured by a third party) demonstrate they were an invited guest, tenant, or customer at the location where they were injured. This relationship creates a duty for the landlord (or in this case homeowner) to protect guests.
For example, say that (like many homeowners) you rent a room in your house to a tenant. As their landlord, you would have a responsibility to provide security that is reasonable and adequate for the neighborhood. If there were a break-in or if your tenant was otherwise injured by a criminal while on your property, you could potentially be held liable for their injuries.
The Wrong Kind of Security
Previously, we discussed what adequate security measures look like for most businesses (lights, cameras, an alarm system, etc.). However, there is one kind of security that homeowners tend to develop without realizing that it could be criminal.
You cannot set traps for a would-be burglar, even if you are inside the home. That’s because you cannot use force to protect your home without warning. A trap, by its nature, does not offer potential criminals warning of what will happen if they attempt to enter your home. However, visible security measures like lights, cameras, window bars, and more send a strong signal about your security measures.
While you have a duty to protect your tenants and guests, it is crucial that you do it the right way primarily with preventative measures and leave defending your home as a last resort.
If you were the victim of a violent crime on someone’s property, our team is here for you. To schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney from Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, please call (888) 425-6070 or send us an email.