Revealed: The places where your parked car is most likely to be hit

Car parks are hotspots for vehicles getting hit according to the Which? survey. (PA)
Car parks are hotspots for vehicles getting hit according to the Which? survey. (PA)

Car parks are the most common places for a parked car to be hit and 48% of people have had their vehicles crashed into there, according to a Which? survey.

The research by the consumers’ association has revealed that more than a third of drivers have had their cars hit while they were parked and 73% of people did not even leave their contact details after the accident.

According to the investigation, 37% of people surveyed have had their cars hit while parked and it is twice more likely for a car to be hit in a supermarket car park compared with one in a shopping-centre.

The research has revealed cars are more likely to be hit in car parks than anywhere else. (PA)
The research has revealed cars are more likely to be hit in car parks than anywhere else. (PA)

For the almost three-quarters of people who were hit by cars where drivers failed to leave their details to sort out repair damage, 43% of those whose cars were hit were not able to get CCTV footage as there were no camera in the area.

Which? revealed 35% have had their car parked in a residential street and 10% in a non-residential street.

The organisation conducted an online survey of 1,491 Which? members of whom 550 owned cars that had been hit while parked to get the results in December 2018.

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The British Retail Consortium said to Which?: “It’s down to the individual business to assess whether the release of the footage would be GDPR compliant in the given circumstances.

“If the material identifies a specific person, that person almost certainly has a right to see it.

“If material is released, other data subjects should blurred.”

Which? said that dash cams can be used to catch out cars and some cameras can even sent modifications to the driver’s phone if they detect a collision.

In response to their policy on the issue, Sainsbury’s said to Which?: “CCTV availability will vary from store to store but recordings can be made immediately available for the police.”

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