Car accidents can happen anywhere and can happen with just about everything. The worst car accidents involve other people though. Unfortunately, the car you get into a wreck with will probably not have a dashboard camera to provide video evidence in court.

Parking lot security cameras are a common feature of many  businesses and organizations. Business surveillance systems often have parking lot security cameras to deter crime, such as theft, vandalism, or even assault, from happening on the property, and if any of these crimes do happen the business will have evidence to hand over to the police.

There’s another benefit to so many properties have security cameras watching their parking lots. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, parking lots are where about 20% of vehicle accidents occur. So, if you notice your car has a scratch on it and you think you were hit and run’d while you were away from your parked vehicle, there’s a chance the person who hit your car was caught on camera.

If you do get hit in a parking lot, find the building owner and ask if they have security camera footage you can check to help you identify the vehicle, You might also want to get the police involved depending on how bad the damage your vehicle received is. Camera footage can greatly help the police and you find the other vehicle involved in the incident.

If you are a business owner who doesn’t already have a parking lot surveillance system, consider getting one for the reasons given above.