Premises Security - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750670302, 9780080514666

Premises Security

1st Edition

A Guide for Security Professionals and Attorneys

Authors: William Blake Walter F. Bradley
Paperback ISBN: 9780750670302
eBook ISBN: 9780080514666
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 11th January 1999
Page Count: 128

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Premises Security: A Guide for Attorneys and Security Professionals guides the security professional through the ins and outs of premises security liability. Premises security litigation claims represent a serious financial threat to owners and occupiers of property. This book provides an overview of risk assessment techniques, identification of reasonable security measures, legal issues and litigation strategies. Premises security litigation is increasing at a dramatic rate and has a significant negative impact on corporate profits. Realizing the increasing costs of litigation, business owners and other interested parties are initiating proactive measures to provide adequate security. Attorneys can use this book as a security resource for providing legal advice to their clients and during the litigation process. Security professionals will be better able to propose and implement reasonable and appropriate security measures. The format of providing information in response to specific questions carries the reader through a logical and sequential method for understanding the legal concepts of premises liability, the identification of reasonable and appropriate protection measures, and how to acquire premises security information.

This is a practical, concise and informative guide. This book can be used in a proactive prevention mode as well as a reactive response to litigation claims. It explains what security professionals should be thinking about and planning for when it comes to protecting people on their premises. It also provides a common base of knowledge for attorneys and security professionals that does not exist in any other publication.

Key Features

Designed to meet the needs of both attorneys and security professionals Covers both liability and security issues Appendices provide detailed premises security information to facilitate a proactive approach to providing reasonable and appropriate security measures and reacting to litigation


security professionals, attorneys

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Premises Security? Chapter 2 What Are the Legal Elements of a Premises Security Claim? Duty and Reasonableness Foreseeability Breach of Duty Causation Chapter 3 How Can a Security Expert Be Utilized as a Litigation Asset? Should an Expert Witness Be Used in this Litigation? At What Point in the Litigation Process Should an Expert Witness Be Consulted? What Qualities Should the Expert Witness Possess? Where Can I Find an Appropriate Expert Witness? What Can I Expect to Obtain for Assistance and Testimony from the Expert? Foreseeability Negligence What Is the Appropriate Process for Retaining an Expert? Chapter 4 Was the Incident Foreseeable? Comparison of Police, Security, and Management Reports Neighborhood Crime Rates Property Crime Rates Demographic Factors and Foreseeability Chapter 5 Were the Security Measures Reasonable and Appropriate? Security Plans, Policies, and Procedures Risk Assessment Activities Activity and Incident Reporting Security Supervision and Management Security Awareness Programs Security Expenditures Security Personnel and Staffing Security Training Security Officer Qualifications Security Philosophy Security Duties and Responsibilities Professionalism Security Devices and Measures Chapter 6 Are There Any Cases to Provide Examples of Premises Security Claims? Control of Vacant Spaces Stickle v. City-Wide Security Services, Inc., et al. Disclaimers and Warnings Stanley v. Creighton Co. Emplo


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About the Author

William Blake

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Blake & Associates Inc.

Walter F. Bradley

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Walter F. Bradley, P.C., Attorney-At-Law


'...with its well-balanced and accessible analysis of premises liability, this book is ideally suited to security novices, attorneys new to premises liability, property managers, and property owners with limited security or legal knowledge.' - Security Management