A shooting last month inside a popular casino in Biloxi led to the death of a 41-year-old father of three. A disagreement between the victim and another man ultimately led to the shooting, which scattered casino patrons frightened for their lives during the early morning hours of Sept. 18.
According to news reports, the two men got into an argument inside the casino then left the building and got into a scuffle outside. The victim returned to the casino’s gaming floor, chased by the assailant who allegedly shot him several times from a close distance. Why did this happen? Negligent security may have played a role in this situation.
From lighting to security staff
Violent attacks and shootings sometimes occur in facilities where the public visits. These incidents may happen at casinos, hotels, restaurants, apartment buildings, office buildings, parking lots and parking ramps.
Property owners and landlords have the legal responsibility to protect the people who visit their premises. They must take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the public. Here are some contributing factors as to why negligent security may occur:
- Poor lighting: Parking ramps, parking lots, hotel and apartment stairwells and hallways must be well lit. Non-working lights provide the cover that an assailant desires to attack and rob an unsuspecting person.
- Defective or non-existent security cameras: Facilities must have functioning cameras in place for the protection of the public and to serve as a deterrent for any would-be assailant. An abundant number of centrally located security cameras is a necessity. Security staff monitor them regularly.
- Poorly trained or lack of security staff: This crew plays a critical role in ensuring safe and secure areas. Property owners must retain an appropriate number of security staff and make sure they have training certification. If not, they are asking for trouble.
- Easily accessible windows and doors: Locks may be jimmied by assailants, leading them to break into buildings, apartments and hotel rooms.
A tragedy like the one in Biloxi is shocking. However, it could happen in many public places. And it is surprising that other people were not hurt in this shooting that led authorities to arrest and charge the suspect with first-degree murder.
Property owners and landlords must be alert and aware that negligent security may lead to horrible situations.