Indiana Public Libraries are Getting a Security Upgrade

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Indiana Public Libraries are Getting a Security Upgrade

Synopsis

  • The Indiana public library system has recently made news for its commitment to upgrade library security systems.
  • While there have not been any incidents of violence or evidence of people using drugs or alcohol while in the building, the number of people who visit the library under the influence triggers unwanted and disruptive behavior which makes others feel unsafe and could induce crime.
  • These types of experiences can be extremely traumatic and leave both physical and emotional scars for years to come.
  • Property owners, such as landlords and business owners, have an obligation to keep visitors safe from any foreseeable dangers. If the owner does not uphold this duty, they can be held responsible for any injuries or losses suffered by the victim in the event that something tragic occurs.

Indiana Libraries Add Security Forces and Crime Prevention Measures

Several local libraries across the state have started to invest in additional security needs in costs as much as $90,000 per year. For example, at its March 2018 meeting, the Jeffersonville-Township Public Library board recently voted to approve $94,731 to go toward one year of added security.

Previously, most security measures have been charged by library staff and off-duty Jeffersonville Police officers, but after a public review of the rise of incidents at the library, extra precautions will be made from hiring a security company to ensure those using the space are safe and secure.

Library staff said while there has not been any incidents of violence or evidence of people using drugs or alcohol while in the building, a man recently passed out while standing near the circulation desk and a woman was discovered passed out in the bathroom, with her pants down. The number of people who visit the library under the influence of alcohol or drugs trigger unwanted and disruptive behavior to the community.

Property owners, such as landlords and business owners (both public and private) have an obligation to keep visitors safe from foreseeable dangers. If that duty is not upheld, they can be held responsible for any injuries or losses suffered by the victim in the event that something tragic occurs. The negligent security attorneys at Wagner Reese applaud this move by Indiana’s Public Library system and support businesses who feel unequipped to deal with security problems by addressing them responsibly in hiring staff or funding safety prevention needs in other ways. 

What Does Negligent Security Look Like

Robberies, physical attacks, and sexual assaults are often outcomes that lead to negligent security claims. The allegation is that the property owner did not adequately protect the victim from an event that should reasonably have been foreseen. The basis of this claim could be a number of things, including:

  • Incompetent or insufficient security force
  • Faulty or insufficient lighting
  • Camera or surveillance equipment lacking, malfunctioning, or not monitored
  • Not conducting thorough background check on new hires
  • Missing or broken locks or alarms
  • Inadequate fences
  • Reaction to similar crimes in the past did not occur or was insufficient
  • Victims were not given warning of a known threat
  • Poor response time to react before, during, or after the crime
  • Security personnel was intoxicated, unqualified, inattentive, or absent
  • Inadequate guest or visitor screening
  • Disregarded building codes, for example, occupancy limits
  • Overselling the level of security

Talk to an Experienced Negligent Security Attorney

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By | 2018-04-13T10:42:32+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Indiana News, Premises Liability|0 Comments

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