When Assault at an ATM is the Property Owner’s Fault
According to O.C.G.A. §51-3-1, all landowners have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect their invited guests. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of business owners. Whether this business is a bank, shopping center, convenience store, or simply a store with an ATM outside, they must take reasonable steps to protect these customers.
Measures taken by property owners to protect ATM users may include:
- Having bright lights shining on the ATM
- Using a security camera to look down on a user and their immediate area
- Placing the ATM inside a booth where only a cardholder can gain access
- Having a panic button on the ATM or within arm’s reach
If the property owner has an ATM without these features, and an assault occurs, that property owner may be civilly responsible for any damage that results. The decision of whether a lack of security contributed to the incident is a matter for a jury to decide. To learn more about the elements of negligent security, speak with a knowledgeable attorney.
How Negligent Atlanta Security at ATMs Could Contribute to Injuries
ATMs are a tempting target for thieves. Many of these people use force or the threat of force to compel patrons into giving them cash or access to an account. As a result, many ATM users suffer serious injuries in these incidents. Of course, the robber is responsible for their actions. However, depending on the steps taken by the property owner where the ATM is located, they may also be liable.
If you suffered an injury in a crime due to negligent security at Atlanta ATMs, consult with an attorney. A lawyer could examine the facts of the incident, discover evidence of any security systems in place, and pursue property owners for negligent security when the lack of protection contributed to an attack. Contact an attorney today to discuss your case.