Every organization has a legal obligation to provide a safe environment, based on the concept of “reasonable security.” The owner/landlord does not have to guarantee absolute security. However, reasonableness and adequacy of security must be affirmatively demonstrated. This basic concept is founded in most states’ case law (and, in some states, in statutory law). In today’s world, there is virtually no place that can claim that no security is adequate.
A good process for developing a sound security strategy has dual benefits: The program will be designed to protect the organization’s assets; and the program will be legally defensible should it be challenged in court.