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.
Florida malls and shopping centers see thousands of people each day. Some for the relief from Florida’s heat, some for social reasons, and for others, to purchased needed items. These numbers greatly increase around major holidays.
Crowded malls and shopping center create a prime environment for criminal activity. Many shoppers are distracted by the task at hand, talking on the phone or caught up in the holiday itself making themselves a prime target for criminals, whether inside the mall or in the mall parking lot. Often these large shopping centers provide numerous exits and escape routes for an assailant to use after an attack.
Many people are aware of the following mall crimes that made national news:
There are no set standards that regulated shopping mall safety. As a result of the Bochicchio murders, the Town Center Mall owners upgraded their security to include a closed circuit television system and a command post. Other shopping mall and shopping plaza security measures that may help to deter violent crime include: adequate lighting, proper landscape maintenance, monitored video surveillance, dummy video cameras and properly trained and positioned security guards.
To reduce your risk of a negligent security issue at a shopping mall:
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an assault, rape, shooting or other violent crime at a shopping mall, shopping center, shopping plaza, open air market place or strip mall, contact our negligent security attorneys to discuss your legal rights.