Understanding Negligent Security

Negligent security is a subset of premises liability law, where property owners or managers fail to provide adequate security measures to protect individuals from foreseeable criminal acts. This negligence can lead to serious injuries or even death due to assaults, robberies, or other violent crimes. At Fulginiti Law, we are dedicated to helping victims of negligent security in Philadelphia seek justice and obtain the compensation they deserve.

Causes of Negligent Security Incidents

Negligent security incidents can occur in various settings, including apartment complexes, hotels, shopping centers, parking lots, and office buildings. These incidents often arise from a combination of environmental factors and lapses in security measures. Here, we delve into the common causes of negligent security incidents:

Poorly Lit Areas

Dimly lit parking lots, stairwells, and walkways can create opportunities for criminals to attack unsuspecting victims. Proper lighting is crucial for visibility, allowing individuals to see potential threats and for security personnel to monitor activity. When these areas are not adequately lit, they become prime locations for muggings, assaults, and other criminal activities.

Non-Functioning Lights

Broken or non-functioning lights increase the risk of criminal activity by providing cover for perpetrators. Consistent maintenance and prompt replacement of non-functioning lights are essential. When lights are out of order, it can leave large areas in darkness, making it easier for criminals to hide and making it more difficult for victims to identify their attackers.

Insufficient Security Guards

A lack of trained security personnel can leave properties vulnerable to criminal activities. Security guards serve as both a deterrent and a rapid response force to potential threats. When there are not enough security personnel, it becomes challenging to monitor large areas effectively, leaving gaps in coverage that criminals can exploit.

Untrained or Inattentive Guards

Security guards who are poorly trained or inattentive can fail to prevent or respond to criminal acts. Proper training is essential for security guards to handle various situations, from diffusing potential threats to responding to emergencies. Inattentive guards may miss critical signs of danger or fail to act appropriately, compromising the safety of the premises and its occupants.

Broken Surveillance Cameras

Non-functioning or poorly positioned surveillance cameras can prevent the identification of criminals and deter criminal activity. Surveillance cameras are vital for monitoring activities and providing evidence in the event of a crime. When cameras are not working or are positioned ineffectively, they fail to capture crucial footage, undermining security efforts.

Lack of Alarm Systems

The absence of alarm systems can allow criminals to operate without fear of detection. Alarm systems serve as an immediate alert to security personnel and law enforcement about unauthorized entry or suspicious activities. Without alarms, there is no immediate trigger to prompt a security response, giving criminals more time to commit their acts.

Broken Locks or Gates

Malfunctioning locks or gates can allow unauthorized individuals easy access to a property. Security begins at entry points; when these are compromised, it significantly increases the risk of unauthorized access. Regular maintenance and prompt repair of locks and gates are crucial in preventing breaches.

Unsecured Windows and Doors

Unsecured entry points can provide criminals with opportunities to enter buildings undetected. Windows and doors that do not lock properly or are left open create easy entry points for criminals. Ensuring all access points are secure is a fundamental aspect of property security.

No Warning Signs

Failing to post warning signs about potential hazards or security measures can leave individuals unaware of the risks. Warning signs serve as a deterrent to potential criminals and inform individuals of potential dangers. Without these signs, people may not exercise necessary caution, making them more vulnerable to attacks.

Lack of Communication

Not informing residents, tenants, or visitors about recent criminal activity or security threats can prevent them from taking necessary precautions. Effective communication is essential in maintaining a safe environment. When individuals are not made aware of security issues, they cannot take steps to protect themselves, increasing their risk of becoming victims.

Types of Injuries from Negligent Security Incidents

Victims of negligent security can suffer a wide range of injuries, spanning from physical harm to psychological trauma. These injuries can have long-lasting impacts on their lives, requiring medical treatment, therapy, and ongoing support. Here, we delve into the common types of injuries resulting from negligent security:

Assaults and Battery

Victims may suffer from bruises, fractures, lacerations, and other physical injuries due to physical assaults. These injuries can vary in severity, from minor cuts and bruises to serious fractures and internal injuries. Physical assaults often occur in poorly lit or inadequately secured areas, where criminals feel emboldened to attack.

Bruises and Contusions

These are common in assaults, resulting from blunt force trauma. They may heal over time but can cause significant pain and discomfort.


Broken bones, especially in the arms, legs, ribs, and facial bones, often result from severe beatings. These injuries can require surgery and long-term rehabilitation.


Deep cuts and gashes can result from knives or other sharp objects. They often require stitches and can lead to significant blood loss and scarring.

Sexual Assault

Negligent security can lead to sexual assaults, resulting in severe physical and emotional trauma. These attacks can occur in environments lacking adequate lighting, surveillance, or security personnel, making it easier for perpetrators to commit their crimes.

Physical Injuries

Sexual assaults can cause a range of physical injuries, including bruises, lacerations, and internal injuries. Victims may also be at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies.

Emotional Trauma

The psychological impact of sexual assault is profound, often resulting in long-term emotional and mental health issues.

Stabbings and Gunshot Wounds

Criminal attacks can result in life-threatening injuries requiring extensive medical treatment. These incidents often occur in areas with insufficient security measures, allowing perpetrators to carry out violent acts.

Psychological Injuries

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Victims may develop PTSD, experiencing flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety following a traumatic incident. PTSD can significantly impair a person's ability to function in daily life and often requires long-term psychological therapy.


Victims may relive the traumatic event, experiencing intense distress and fear.


Persistent and distressing dreams related to the trauma can disrupt sleep and contribute to overall anxiety and stress.

Severe Anxiety

Constant feelings of dread and fear can prevent victims from returning to normal activities and engaging with others.

Depression and Anxiety

The emotional aftermath of a violent crime can lead to long-term mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. These conditions can affect a victim's quality of life, relationships, and ability to work or study.


Victims may experience persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities, and feelings of hopelessness.


Chronic worry, panic attacks, and social withdrawal are common, making it difficult for victims to feel safe or confident in their surroundings.

Fear and Loss of Security

Victims may struggle with a pervasive sense of fear and loss of personal security, affecting their quality of life and ability to function. This fear can be debilitating, making it hard for individuals to return to normal activities or feel safe in familiar environments.


Constantly being on alert for danger can lead to exhaustion and stress.


Victims might avoid places or situations that remind them of the incident, leading to social isolation and disruption of daily routines.

Loss of Trust

The sense of betrayal and violation can lead to difficulties in trusting others, impacting personal and professional relationships.

Legal Representation for Victims of Negligent Security

At Fulginiti Law, we understand the profound impact that negligent security incidents can have on victims and their families. Our dedicated team of premises liability attorneys is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive legal support to those affected in Philadelphia.

How Fulginiti Law Can Help

Thorough Investigation

Our legal team conducts a meticulous investigation into the circumstances of the negligent security incident. We gather all necessary evidence, including security footage, police reports, medical records, and witness statements, to build a strong case on your behalf.

Expert Collaboration

We work with a network of security experts and consultants to assess the adequacy of the security measures in place at the time of the incident. This collaboration ensures we can effectively demonstrate the property owner’s negligence and secure the compensation you deserve.

Personalized Legal Strategy

Every negligent security case is unique, and we tailor our legal approach to meet your specific needs. Whether negotiating a settlement or litigating in court, our attorneys are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

Comprehensive Compensation

We fight for full and fair compensation, covering:

  • Medical expenses, including ongoing and future care
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Establishing Liability in Negligent Security Cases

To successfully claim compensation for a negligent security incident, it is crucial to establish liability by proving the following elements:

Duty of Care

Property owners and managers have a legal duty to provide reasonable security measures to protect individuals from foreseeable criminal acts. This includes maintaining adequate lighting, hiring security personnel, and ensuring functional security systems.

Breach of Duty

You must demonstrate that the property owner or manager breached their duty of care by failing to implement or maintain adequate security measures. This can be shown through evidence of inadequate lighting, broken security systems, or lack of security personnel.


It must be proven that the breach of duty directly caused the criminal act and resulting injuries. This involves showing a clear link between the negligent security measures and the incident.


You need to provide evidence of the damages you suffered as a result of the negligent security incident. This includes medical bills, proof of lost wages, and documentation of pain and suffering.

Contact Fulginiti Law

If you or a loved one has suffered due to negligent security, it is crucial to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible. Fulginiti Law is here to support you every step of the way, providing the expertise and dedication needed to navigate the complexities of premises liability cases.

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We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Contact Fulginiti Law today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards securing the justice and compensation you deserve.