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NCJ Number: 114164 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Liability's Toll
Journal: Security Management  Volume:32  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1988)  Pages:75-77
Author(s): N D Bates
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Security managers must recognize and address the threat of litigation and devise measures to protect the financial integrity and reputation of their organizations.
Abstract: Buying insurance is probably the most common response to the liability risk. Incorporation can provide additional liability protection for contract agencies and private investigation agencies and consultants. In some instances, a business manager may simply accept the risk of litigation: lawsuits often are not pursued when there are no assets or insurance to cover damages. In addition, a variety of preventive measures can be taken both before and after a lawsuit-provoking incident. Proper selection, training, and supervision of security personnel can reduce the liability risk. Clear, well-written policies providing guidelines on the appropriate responses to given situations also can help, as can security surveys that assess the foreseeability of crimes and provide for corrective actions. Following an incident, organizational responses to victims should be sincere and concerned. Failure to respond appropriately may further aggravate the victim and result in a lawsuit. Proper litigation preparation is the final step in a liability loss reduction program. While the attorney will decide on the defense to be used, management must be able to supply thorough and appropriate documentation.
Main Term(s): Legal liability
Index Term(s): Security management; Trial preparation
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