Criminal activity in parking lots has always been a problem, but the potential cost of this kind of crime is rising for owners, managers and other responsible parties for parking lots where crime occurs. Crime victims are increasingly seeking compensation in court in what are referred to as premises liability cases.
In a report for the National Institute of Justice, Corey L. Gordon (lawyer) and William Brill (safety consultant) describe two main reasons for the rise in premises liability cases.
Because of factors such as the victim rights movement, crime victims are more likely to seek restitution. Courts in most jurisdictions are more willing to allow testimony on theories about the relationship between criminal activity and the management and design of facilities such as parking lots. An effective parking lot crime prevention program requires a comprehensive plan with active security measures and CPTED concepts (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). According to parking consultant Mary S. Smith, lighting is at the top of the list of CPTED components for an effective parking lot crime prevention program.
Improved parking lot lighting can help minimize your liability from possible parking lot crime, and people who use your parking lot (customers, employees, etc.) will appreciate the increased sense of security.