Negligent Security

Property owners and operators are charged with keeping the property safe for use by visitors. This obligation is also in place when it comes to foreseeable intentional acts of other persons. These cases can arise from apartment building with a history of break in’s and faulty locks on the doors to other types of properties like grocery stores, malls, or parking lots.

When sufficient security measures aren’t taken, unwitting people are left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of a criminal attack. Filing a negligent security claim ensures you receive damages for your loss, while also showing there are legal consequences for property owner negligence.

Elements of a Negligent Security Case

Much like other types of premises liability, your negligent security case must have certain elements to be considered legitimate:

  • Duty of care. Property owners must have a duty of care to the injured party. In New Mexico, all property owners have a duty of care to third parties on their property.
  • The crime that occurred was foreseeable. Perhaps a similar crime happened on the premises in the past, or the surrounding neighborhood was known for being a high-crime area. In either case, the property owner knew or should have known of the risk.
  • The property owner did not act reasonably. This can include failing to implement deadbolt locks, security guards, alarm systems, cameras, access control, lighting, or any security measures put in place to prevent the known risk.
  • The lack of security caused the injuries.

We’ll Stand by Your Side

A compassionate and knowledgeable law firm can assist you as you navigate through the above legal issues. Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. advocates for individuals injured by others’ carelessness. We’ll perform the necessary due diligence to show that the property owner should have done more to keep you and other people safe on the premises. We also have experience calculating damages for even the most complex cases, so your needs are taken care of.

Schedule a consultation with a lawyer today by calling (505) 343-1776. You can also contact us if you’d like more information on the legal services we offer. We look forward to speaking with you.

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