NEGLIGENT SECURITY BASICS
When you are shopping in a store, pumping gas, staying in a hotel, or a paying customer on anyone’s property, you have an expectation that you are safe. In these situations, where you are invited on another’s property, you are considered an “invitee.” In Georgia, landowners and business must use reasonable care to keep the property safe for invitees.
When a business knows of (or should know of) a security threat to its patrons, the business must do something. The business could:
- Close down until the threat no longer remains
- Warn you about the danger
- Provide reasonably security measures to protect customers who are not informed of the threat
Businesses, though, often choose to do none of these things, and instead stay open, do not warn customers, and do not protect customers—the reason for this is usually because keeping people safe costs the business money.
Negligent security cases are brought by crime victims after being injured on another’s property. When a business knew (or should have known) of a security concern, but do not act reasonably to protect their customers, the business can be held responsible.