Cameras are everywhere these days. Most businesses have at least one camera to monitor their premises, but what many don’t realize is that simply having a camera isn’t enough. In fact, there’s a very good reason why landlords can’t ignore security cameras.
Providing adequate security means having a monitored camera feed. Although cameras can be a deterrent when placed in a visible space, that alone does not absolve the landlord of their responsibility to provide security that is reasonable for the location.
Keep in mind that fake or unpowered cameras (while a potential visual deterrent) do nothing to address adequate security and premises liability. If anything, they create a false sense of security that could inadvertently endanger others.
Remember, the concept of negligent security states that someone would not have been the victim of a violent crime had there been proper security. Having an unmonitored camera does nothing to reduce the likelihood of a crime or protect someone in trouble.
Responding to Trouble
Cameras only offer adequate security when they are observed by someone who can take action or call for help. Even then, if someone tasked with monitoring the cameras (such as a security guard) fails to notice a crime happening on camera, the property owner may be open to a negligent security claim.
That said, the circumstances depend on what is reasonable for the neighborhood. If a business or apartment building is in an area with higher violent crime rates, the property owner is expected to provide adequate security for the employees and guests. That means not only having cameras but having someone who can respond to potential dangers.
If you believe you were impacted by negligent security, we are 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.