Parking Lot CrimeSo-called big box stores — retailers in large, boxy buildings / department stores– often have appallingly inadequate security measures in its parking lots to protect their customers against violent crimes. Victims of robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping, rape and other crimes on their property have a legal right to claim economic compensation by means of a civil lawsuit against negligent store owners and operators. Parking lot crime is on the rise over the last 10 years and will continue to threaten the security of shoppers. The parking lots and parking garages of some mega department stores and discount centers can be in the thousands. This becomes a huge problem to adequately manage and control with sometimes just one security guard if any. Criminal activity is at its highest when the parking lot is full of shoppers.

Crime in Parking Lots at Mega Box Stores

Among security problems at big box stores are:

  • Inadequate or non-existent security cameras to capture criminal activity
  • Poorly trained and inexperienced employees for warding off or dealing with criminal activity
  • Poor lighting of parking lots to discourage criminal activity at night
  • No visible security guards hired to protect customers
  • Insufficient security guards hired to protect customers
  • No security experts to monitor, analyze and report on trends in criminal activity or gang presences
  • No warnings to customers or crime problems on the premises

These and other security problems plague many large “big box” stores across the country, thus allowing if not encouraging robberies, assaults, rapes, kidnappings and murder on the premises of large stores. Indeed, surveys and studies have found spikes in violent crimes in parking lots and elsewhere on the property of such large, big box stores, and security experts cite many lapses in proper security measures that contribute to such crimes. While over 75% of the crimes at these big deiscount stores or big box stores happen outside, a still large percentage occurs in the store. These crimes sometimes occur in changing rooms, restrooms and even in the store.

Stores Often Targeted by Criminals

Among chains of big box stores targeted by criminals are:

  • Walmart and Walmart Supercenter stores, from America’s largest retailer. These discount general merchandise and grocery stores have been described by a judge in a violent crime case as “magnets” for crime, particularly on their large parking lots, though crimes also can occur within the stores
  • Target, Walmart’s chief competitor as a discount store selling groceries and general merchandise
  • Costco, which merged with Price Club and sells groceries and general merchandise
  • Kmart, owned by Sears Holdings Corporation, which sells groceries and general merchandise
  • Office Depot, merged with Office Max, which sells office supplies
  • Staples Inc., which sells office supplies
  • PetSmart, which sells pet supplies
  • Toys “R” Us, which sells toys and is targeted for preying upon mothers and small children
  • Sam’s Club, which are membership stores that sell groceries and general merchandise in discounted bulk

Victims of violent crime due to inadequate or absent security at these or other big box stores have a legal right to seek financial compensation — and justice — by means of a civil injury lawsuit involving claims of premises liability.

What is Premises Liability? As for what is premises liability, it concerns the duty of a property owner to protect the safety of visitors to that property.

When clear security problems exist and a property owner does nothing or too little to address such problems, then the property owner can be found negligent and legally liable for injuries or deaths caused by accidents or violent crimes against visitors, customers or employees on that property. Victims or their families then have a legal right to claim payments for:

  • Medical and hospital expenses after an injury in a violent crime
  • Lost present to future wages or salary due to work time missed because of a violent assault on a store’s property
  • Pain, suffering and mental anguish experienced as a result of a violent crime caused by lack of adequate security measures on a store’s property

Parking Lot Crime Injury Lawyer – Free Case Review

If someone in your family is the victim of a violent crime, rape, sexual assault, kidnapping or even murder of a family member on a store’s property, parking lot or any area of the department store’s property, you can get an injury lawyer to protect your legal rights by contacting The Willis Law Firm. We can provide you with an experienced injury attorney with over 30 years of experience on your side. Hire a lawyer who has knowledge of security experts’ studies and assessments of negligence on the property of many stores.

Contact us today for a free legal review of your case. Then you can decide if you want to pursue a claim of payments for a big box store’s lack of security that caused the crime against your loved one. Nor will you have to make any up-front payments to The Willis Law Firm. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we are only paid if we win your case, and then only from a portion of the settlement in your favor.

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