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    Question Liability of Apartment Complex or Security Company for Theft

    My question involves business law in the state of: California

    My car was stolen out of my apartment complex and set on fire. Apartment management indicated the security guard had seen the two individuals caught taking my car on the security camera looking in an apartment window earlier in the evening but did not do anything. Would there be any caveats or provisions in CA law that would make either the complex itself or the security company liable?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Liability of Apartment Complex or Security Company for Theft

    Apparently, if you can prove that security provided was inadequate, you can bring a civil action of premises liability.

    I can't find the exact statute, but looking at the plethora of attorney sites and their blurbs, it's the same as or related to the statutes covering injuries on someone else's property.
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    Default Re: Liability of Apartment Complex or Security Company for Theft

    If the only item of damage is the car, often the easiest thing to do is to make a claim with your own insurance then let your insurance company seek to subrogate (enforce any claim that you may have) against any potentially liable third parties (e.g., the landlord, the security company). That's typically by far the fastest way to get a payoff on your claim and get into a new car.

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    Default Re: Liability of Apartment Complex or Security Company for Theft

    Quote Quoting LawResearcherMissy
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    Apparently, if you can prove that security provided was inadequate, you can bring a civil action of premises liability.

    I can't find the exact statute, but looking at the plethora of attorney sites and their blurbs, it's the same as or related to the statutes covering injuries on someone else's property.
    thanks!

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    Default Re: Liability of Apartment Complex or Security Company for Theft

    Quote Quoting aaron
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    If the only item of damage is the car, often the easiest thing to do is to make a claim with your own insurance then let your insurance company seek to subrogate (enforce any claim that you may have) against any potentially liable third parties (e.g., the landlord, the security company). That's typically by far the fastest way to get a payoff on your claim and get into a new car.
    unfortunately, i didn't have full coverage on the car so the company will not pay for fire damage. : (

    i already got another car, though... and i like it better than the last!

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