Negligent Security & Convenience Store Violent Crimes Attorney
Convenience Store, Gas Station, Retail Store Crimes
Convenience stores, gas stations, retail stores and other businesses are often targeted by robbers, drug-
dealers, gang members, rapists and other criminals because they see little or no chance of being deterred during the crime or being caught after the crime, and because innocent victims are often readily available. Many of these violent crimes could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been in place. Common Causes for Convenience Store Inadequate Security
Gas stations and commercial property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their customers and the public. Certain businesses in high-traffic locations with an elevated level of criminal activity need to be especially vigilant. A business and property owner who can reasonably expect that a visitor, a tenant or a customer could be harmed during a criminal attack is required by law to take proper steps to prevent such attacks.
In order to protect both the employees and the patrons of late night convenience stores, Florida passed to Convenience Business Security Act
. The act requires that certain security devices and standards be established at all convenience businesses open any time between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. in and around the businesses to prevent foreseeable crimes. The Act, which is contained in sections 812.1701-812.175, Florida Statutes, places enforcement authority within the Office of the Attorney General. Violations of the law could result in civil penalties of up to $5,000.00.
Convenience businesses at which a murder, robbery
, sexual battery
, aggravated assault
, aggravated battery
or false imprisonment has occurred in connection with the operation of the business must have one of the following additional security measures in place between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.:
- At least two employees on the premises at all times
- A secured safety enclosure made of transparent polycarbonate
- A security guard or off duty law enforcement officer on the premises
- Locked premises with business conducted through an indirect pass-through, trap door or window
Our law firm obtained a confidential settlement for a convenience store patron who was shot in face without provocation at point blank range. Our firm proved that the convenience store knew of its crowd control and crime problems, yet failed to take adequate precautions to protect its patrons. Click here
for additional negligent security cases we have handled.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of assault, rape
, or other violent crime or death, while at a Florida convenience store, gas station or retail establishment, contact our negligent security attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.