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What is negligent security and what can I do about it?

As a business owner in Florida, you may be asking yourself - what is negligent security and what can I do about it? Negligent security is when a property or business owner's actions unintentionally lead to the harm, injury or death of a victim. To prevent this from happening, it is your responsibility to take reasonable and foreseeable actions to protect your guests and everyone who is on your property.

According to Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, there are many ways you can protect your business and yourself from negligent security claims. For example, if your property has a record of security issues and crime incidents, in and around it, you should take actions to protect your guests from any residual occurrences that could lead to dangerous situations and injuries in the future. Security alarms, properly trained security guards, improved lighting for better visibility, security cameras and access control systems can be used to prevent future negligent security issues that stem from crime.

Although all crime and dangerous situations are not always avoidable. You must do what is necessary and reasonable in the eyes of the law to protect your guests and workers. Pay attention to their concerns and encourage them to leave feedback and suggestions. Encourage your workers to do the same. Their feedback can enable you to create a safer environment for everyone and keep you from overlooking security vulnerabilities that could leave you dealing with the legal aftermath.

Keep your property in great structural condition by keeping all deficiencies, building code violations and maintenance issues repaired and up-to-date. You should also document any complaints your guests have. Be sure to include detailed information about the steps you took to resolve their concerns.

The right security equipment, personnel, protocols and actions can enable you to reduce your risk of negligent security claims.

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