Florida Parking Lot & Parking Garage Negligent Security Attorney
Inadequate Security in Parking Lots and Parking Garages
Owners of parking lots and parking garages, including office buildings
, retail stores, shopping centers
, restaurants, convenience stores, night clubs, sporting events
, airports, etc., have a legal duty to take adequate safety and security measures to protect guests, customers and employees
These can include things such as ensuring adequate lighting
and secured entrances and exits. This also means identifying the likely security threats and crime risks, implementing reasonable and appropriate security measures to counter those risks, and maintaining those measures as appropriate. While not mandated, some lots and garages have parking attendants, security guards
, and closed circuit televisio
n, which often act as a deterrent to potential criminals.
Negligent security case in parking facilities often include purse snatching, armed robbery, robbery
, sexual assault
, carjacking, and kidnapping
. While experts believe that the greater the layers of security, the greater the deterrence against the criminal, this does not stop all criminals.
Here are some helpful parking lot safety tips that may help you reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a crime:
- Be aware of your surroundings and be alert to predators in the parking lot.
- Do not allow yourself to be distracted by a cell phone, groceries or your children.
- Avoid walking alone at night. Get a co-worker, friend or security guard to take you to your car.
- Walk with purpose as studies have shown that a quick, purposeful walk sends subconscious signals to predators that you are not an easy mark.
- Keep your hands free at all times, which gives you the opportunity to attempt to fend-off a would-be attacker.
- Walk in the middle of aisles and ramps versus using parking garage stairs or elevators.
- Park in a well-lighted and monitored parking lot. Back into parking spaces where possible, for a quick and easy exit.
- Avoid parking next to vans, pickups or other big vehicles. They can hide your car making it easier to break into or for an attacker to hide.
- Do not get out of your car if it is not safe to do so. And once you are in your car, lock the door and leave.
- Remember where you parked so you don’t spend unnecessary time walking the parking lot.
- Have your keys ready when approaching your car. Keep a whistle on your key chain or hand on car alarm if available.
- Note locations of emergency phones, parking attendants and security, should you need help.
- Don’t be afraid to scream or yell for help.
- Always report any suspicious activities to parking attendants, security or call the police.
According to the latest National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics
, more than 1 in 10 property crimes, including motor vehicle theft and property theft, occur in parking lots or garages and that 7.3% of all violent crimes occur in parking facilities. Other studies suggest this could be higher with approximately 40 percent or more of rapes and assaults
take place in parking lots.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an assault, rape, shooting or other violent crime in a parking lot or garage as a result of inadequate security, contact our negligent security attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.