Guarding Against Harm: The Importance of Adequate Security Measures in Maryland and the District of Columbia

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When we visit shopping centers, hotels, apartment buildings, and other public places, we have a reasonable expectation of safety. Property owners and managers have a legal responsibility to provide secure environments for their patrons and residents. Attorney Kim Parker specializes in representing individuals who have been harmed due to negligent security in Maryland and the District of Columbia, helping them to seek justice and compensation for their injuries.

Understanding Negligent Security:

Negligent security is a legal concept that arises when a person is injured on another’s property due to a lack of reasonable security measures. This can include inadequate lighting, broken locks, lack of surveillance cameras, or insufficient security personnel. When property owners fail to implement and maintain these measures, they can be held liable for any resulting harm to individuals on their premises.

Common Scenarios Leading to Negligent Security Claims:

  • Assaults, robberies, or other violent crimes due to poor lighting or lack of security presence.
  • Sexual assaults in parking lots, stairwells, or hotel rooms where security features are lacking.
  • Injuries resulting from insufficient crowd control measures during large events.
  • Attacks in apartment complexes or office buildings that have faulty entry systems or non-functioning security equipment.

Legal Standards in Maryland and the District of Columbia:

In both Maryland and the District of Columbia, property owners have a duty to provide reasonable security measures based on the foreseeability of criminal acts. If a location has a history of criminal activity, or if such activity could reasonably be anticipated, stronger security measures should be in place.

Attorney Kim Parker’s Role in Negligent Security Cases:

Attorney Parker approaches negligent security cases with a comprehensive legal strategy, including:

  • Conducting a detailed investigation of the incident and the history of crime at the location.
  • Consulting security experts to establish what reasonable security measures should have been in place.
  • Reviewing security policies and procedures of the property owner or manager.
  • Pursuing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages suffered by the victim.

The Importance of Timely Action:

Negligent security cases often hinge on the collection and preservation of evidence. It is crucial to act quickly to document the scene, obtain surveillance footage, and interview witnesses. Attorney Parker understands the urgency of these cases and works diligently to ensure that evidence is secured promptly.


No one should have to suffer the consequences of a property owner’s failure to provide a safe environment. If you or a loved one has been a victim of negligent security in Maryland or the District of Columbia, Attorney Kim Parker is prepared to fight for your rights. With her expertise and commitment to her clients, she stands as a formidable advocate for those injured due to inadequate security measures.


This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Negligent security cases are specific to the facts and circumstances of each situation. If you believe you have a negligent security claim, please consult with Attorney Kim Parker or another qualified legal professional to discuss your case.

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