I pay a fee to park 24/7 at a parking garage.My vehicle was broken into. The company said they are not liable. Are they liable?

Asked over 1 year ago - San Diego, CA

I am a "Monthly Parker" at a San Diego parking garage that is run by a very well known company in San Diego. I parked my vehicle in the parking structure late Sunday night. I have been a "Monthly Parker" at this parking garage for 3 months. Before I left my vehicle in the parking structure to walk back to my house I said hello to the 2 security guards who happened to be on the floor where my vehicle was parked . There was a suspicious person not too far away from my vehicle . I went downstairs and let the person working know about the suspicious person. I was told security would check it out. This morning, I went to my vehicle-the window was broken and there was theft. I went to the office downstairs and told the worker what happened-I was told that they are not liable-Are they liable?

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  1. Daniel William Cohen

    Contributor Level 8


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . This is not a criminal question. You need a contract/business lawyer who knows about bailments (entrustment of another's property).

    On the criminal law side, IF the person who broke in is ever caught and prosecuted he/she/they will probably have to pay you restitution.

  2. Alan Graham Keating

    Contributor Level 10


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    Answered . As noted by Mr. Cohen, your question should be directed to a civil attorney with experience of these matters. Good luck to you.

    This answer is for general informational purposes only and shall not constitute legal advice. I have answered a... more
  3. Nicholas Milan Loncar


    Contributor Level 17


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . I've added business as a practice area. Perhaps you'll get some more detailed answers.

  4. Kelvin P. Green

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . Most parking lots issue some kind of waiver with their tickets and you park at your own risk. You would have to prove they owed you a duty and they violated the duty... Your better bet may be to contact your insurance company

    This is for general information only. Nothing in this information should be construed as creating an attorney-... more
  5. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . It will depend on what basis you claim they are liable. If they were negligent somehow then they could be liable but the fact your window is broken does not indicate that they were negligent. It will depend on how and who broke your window.

    This is not a comprehensive answer and it is impossible to provide a meaningful response without a consultation.... more

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