Know your rights when it comes to on-premises security

Whether browsing the mall, entering an empty parking garage at night or visiting a bar or nightclub, or on other premises open to the public, you have a reasonable expectation of safety. In an ideal situation, the owner of a business or premises open to the public in New Mexico is responsible for maintaining the safety and security of persons on their property. But what happens when that responsibility falls short? At the law firm of Almanzar & Youngers, P.A., we understand the losses inherent when a dangerous or violent crime occurs due to inadequate on-site security. We have handled wrongful death and sexual assault (rape) cases that arose out of inadequate security. 

In New Mexico, inadequate security cases can be filed in the event that people are harmed from the failure to provide appropriate protective or preventative measures. Inadequate security can be grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim in the event of robbery, physical or sexual assault, or other violent crimes on the property owner's premises.  

Cases are most often brought against the owners or managers of properties where crimes took place due to inadequate security. In inadequate security cases, it is considered the responsibility of the owner or manager to make appropriate provisions for protection of persons and property by securing the premises. Methods of security can involve hiring enforcement and patrol personnel, installing security systems, maintaining all protective locks and mechanisms, deploying adequate lighting and implementing standardized security protocols, among other things. 

Failure on any of these fronts is considered a form of negligence and can result in liability should property be damaged or stolen, or should you be injured on the premises. More information about property owner responsibilities and security is available on our webpage. 

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