Negligent Security

While you may feel that a property owner is protecting you from danger (negligent security, inadequate security), it is often the case that property owners put profits over safety, and when that happens dangerous predators seize the opporunity to attack.

Negligent Security – Movie Theater Shooting

Violent Crimes – Shootings, Murder, Stabbings & Robberies

The deadly shootings at a Dark Knight Rises screening left many movie goers shocked and scared for their own safety. They all wanted to know how could a lone gunman enter an Aurora Colorado movie theater and open fire on the audience, shooting more than 50 people and killing 12 others.

According to The Press Enterprise other known movie theater violent crimes included:


Just like ball parks, football stadiums, concert arenas, and night clubs, movie theater owners are supposed to take reasonable steps to make sure that anyone on their property is protected from foreseeable harms. For the most part, movie theaters are safe; however, sometimes the lack of oversight and safety can lead to a variety of safety issues and crimes (shootings, assaults, rapes, stabbings, etc.) that may cause serious injury and even death.

As a result of the Aurora shooting many cinemas and theaters are beefing up or rethinking their security plans. Some may install metal detectors, use security wands, may add security cameras and additional security guards for midnight screenings. Many will be screening and retraining staff on safety procedures.

As a patron you would always be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior. Always be aware of your surroundings and know where the exits and escape routes are. When you enter a public place try to visualize that an emergency and your escape plan. Consider carefully where you sit - choose an aisle seat when possible. Keep your cell phone close by and consider attending less crowded showings of the movie. At all times try to remain calm and avoid panic and yelling. Also try and park your car in a well-lit space near the theater door or entrance.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a shooting, murder, stabbing or assault due to inadequate security at a movie theater or movie cinema, contact our negligent security attorneys to discuss your legal rights.

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