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ARTICLE ID 168812

$________ Negligent security at mall - Early morning burglary - Theft of jewelry - Failure to monitor surveillance cameras.

Philadelphia County, PA

This was a subrogated action against the owners of the King of Prussia Mall, as well as the private company which provided security for the mall. The plaintiff, a jewelry store in the mall, alleged that the defendants provided inadequate security to prevent a burglary and theft of jewelry from its store. The plaintiff’s damages were stipulated to be $________. The defendant mall argued that it relied on the co-defendant security company to provide security. The defendant security company claimed that it provided the level of security for which the mall had contracted.

Evidence showed that the plaintiff’s jewelry store was robbed at 4:30 a.m. on January 19, ________. The plaintiff contended that surveillance video showed that the thieves entered the mall through a receiving area and remained in the common areas for approximately an hour before breaking into the plaintiff’s space.

The plaintiff contended that the defendant security company was negligent for failing to monitor the surveillance cameras or otherwise prevent the crime. The surveillance films were reviewed when the mall opened in the morning.

The defendant mall argued that it relied on the co-defendant security company to prevent burglaries. The defendant security company argued that it had security patrols in place inside and outside the mall and provided the level of security for which the mall had contracted. The defense also contended that the plaintiff jewelry store was comparatively negligent for not locking valuable jewelry in a safe when the store was closed.

The jury found the defendant security company ________% negligent and also found that the defendant security company breached its contract with the mall, under which the plaintiff was a third- party beneficiary. The plaintiff was awarded the stipulated damages of $________. Post-trial motions are pending.

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