Negligent Security Non Functioning Door & Window Locks Attorneys
No Locks, Missing Locks, Non-Functioning Locks & Unlocked Windows & DoorsBusiness owners
, convenience stores
, etc. must provide their customers, patrons,
tenants and employees with safe premises and ensure their safety from attacks and violent crime by criminals. While there is no explicit list of measures that a landlord or business owner must take to protect others from risk of personal injury or even wrongful death because of a crime from a third party; they must be able to show that a crime could have been prevented had reasonable security measures been enacted.
Too often, property and business owners put profits over safety and fail to install or maintain even minimum security equipment like functioning locks. In some cases the locks are old and warn or do not use the latest technology (card locks, card swipes, electronic doors, RFIDs, etc.). In some cases there could be a one minute delay
between the time you left the room and when the door actually locked.Non-Functioning Locks – Whose at Risk
- Hotel Guests - When you lock your hotel door, you assume you're safe and your stuff is safe. Don't be so sure: Thieves have invented a small, simple device that can unlock hotel doors at some of the most popular chains. Some hotels have known about this security problem for months but have done nothing to fix.
- University & College Campus Students – Adequate security, functioning locks and trained security personnel are essential in protecting students from attacks (theft, rape, shooting, or murder) by on-and-off campus intruders in their dorms, hallways, parking lots or walking to their dorms.
- Apartment & Rental Unit Tenants – Some states require that landlords be aware of, and protect, their tenants' safety (assault, robbery, rape or abductions) by ensuring that there are latches on all exterior windows, a locking doorknob and deadbolt on each exterior door, a pin lock mechanism and handle latch lock for each exterior sliding glass door. Some states may also require that landlords to change all the locks to a rental property between tenancies. In Florida windows and doors must be basically weather-tight, water-tight, rodent-proof, and kept in sound working condition. Outside doors have to have proper locks.
- Employees in the Workplace – In some instances a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, family member, friend, clients, customers, vendors, visitors, and even strangers could find their way into a business or workplace and commit a violent act (stocking, physical violence, sexual assault, killing, or murder). This often occurs as a result of a business’s inadequate security such as through unlocked doors, inadequate parking lot surveillance or security, failing to screen visitors, guests and non-employees, etc.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of assault
, theft, shooting
or other violent crime due to non-functioning, missing or broken locks, contact our inadequate security attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.
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