Was parked in a multistory carpark yesterday for about an hour and some a*#hole decided to forcefully bend back and break a windscreen wiper arm and also managed to crack my windscreen in the process - it's a 6mo old car so won't be super cheap to fix. The car parks are quite small so I had to park close to the car next to me. I suspect it was them as some kind of agro response to the mild inconvenience. I've filed a report with the parking building and am waiting on them to get back to me on what they've found on CCTV.
What is OzBargain's wisdom? Even if, in the best case, the CCTV showed someone damaging the car, and then showed them getting in to their own car (with the licence plate which would be picked up when they exit the carpark), would the insurance company bother pursuing them? Or would this just be classed as an "at fault" claim since I don't immediately have the name and address of the responsible party? Resulting in increased premiums + me paying the excess etc etc etc
Edit: Can't spell car.
Update: Parking place got in touch, CCTV shows it was sure enough the person parked next to me - they're the only one who is near my car in the hour I was there and it's clear they go up to my car. Unfortunately… the footage doesn't show the front of my car so you can't see them actually doing the damage. Nevertheless I've added on the info to my police report so will see what they decide to do.
Also spoke to my insurer (AAMI). Their stance is that I pay an excess to initiate the malicious damage claim, and this will be refunded if the police press charges. Either way it's worth claiming given the outrageous quotes I got for replacing the windshield (~$1500 for aftermarket glass) and the wiper ($300 for the full arm but I'd probably just get one from a wreckers).
For those saying "don't park like a d*ck" I was inside the lines in my bay so nothing wrong there, just the parking bays are small so no choice but to be close to other cars. For those saying "don't park next to rust buckets" they guy who did it was in a brand new Mercedes, so it turns out some people are a#$holes regardless of the car they're driving.