Installing a car security camera in your vehicle can provide more than just peace of mind.
We've seen the rise in cameras on the roads in recent years. And in many cases, these devices have proven to be incredibly helpful. We've taken a look at the industry in an attempt to figure out why they have become so popular. Before you pick up a car security camera, or dash cam if you prefer, check out our research for some tips.
What is a car security camera?
Call it a dash cam or a car security camera, the benefits are the same. From security and safety purposes to simply recording your trip, these tools give you a video record. The technology has certainly improved since motorists first started installing cameras. But the idea has remained basically the same.
Today, a dash cam system usually includes a small camera that installs in the windshield. The best ones do not obstruct your view from the driver's seat. Most are powered by a 12 volt DC charge and they are recording all the time. Though the information can usually be erased when new footage is recorded, that is actually a benefit. It allows for more recording, and if something happens you'll be ready. If you purchase a quality car security camera, you will have plenty of recorded footage to back up your claim.
How to they work?
If you think a car security camera will be too complicated, we've got good news and better news. First of all, technology has made it simple to save and upload footage whenever you need it. And installing them is a breeze with power coming from what is already in your vehicle. But the best part is that most of them start working practically out of the box. Plug one in and a few minutes later you can be driving down the road with the trip saved on video.
While the dashboard camera will only operate when it's receiving juice from the battery, there are alternatives. You can let your car security camera record all the time to serve as a supplemental surveillance camera. If you do, you can also get an external power source to save your car's battery. Either way you go, having video proof on your side can be helpful in the event of an accident, theft, and many other scenarios.
Why do you need a car security camera?
Drivers who insist on hitting the road with a car security camera have a variety of reasons. They are all valid, though some of obviously a bit more serious than others. We've taken a look at exactly what makes a great car security camera. Then we'll let you know why they can be useful. If any of it speaks to you, then you just might want to go out and buy your very own.
Why do you need one?
Now that you have a pretty good idea of what a car security camera can do, let's take a practical look. The following are a few of the most common reasons some fans don't leave home without one.
- They provide unbiased evidence in the case of a crash or property crime.
- They can help you keep tabs on the comings and goings of a young driver in your family.
- They might help you fight a fraudulent insurance claim against you.
- They can give you an entertaining video record of a fun road trip.
- They could capture something amazing and unbelievable that happens on the road (see video below).
Who benefits from them?
You and all your fellow motorists benefit when cameras are monitoring. They are impartial observers who record information for review on demand. And police can certainly benefit by figuring out exactly what happened after a crime or crash. Really, the only people who don't benefit are criminals and bad drivers trying shirk responsibility.
There are certainly some valid concerns about privacy. But let's be honest, there are surveillance and other types of cameras in every corner of our lives as it is. The main difference with car security cameras is that you are far more likely to actually need one. The argument for surveillance cameras at homes and businesses is the same for dash cams. But the risk of a crash, burglary or other auto crime is much higher. Especially when you consider a car security camera can also be used to monitor your other properties.
What are the potential disadvantages?
It's pretty clear that you can do a lot with a car security camera. Or more accurately, the camera will do a lot and you'll just be driving as normal. Then, if you decide you need the footage, it's there for you in whatever form you need. But it's not all upside. In fact, the biggest possible hassle is legal in nature. In the U.S., drivers typically have little to worry about by driving with a car security camera. But in some localities and under some circumstances, their use can be prohibited.
Even if the cameras themselves aren't, in some cases recording in general can violate local privacy laws. So before you buy one and start using it, you probably want to do a little research. That way you will have peace of mind from a legal standpoint. If you prefer to play it even safer, you can actually transform your smartphone into a car security camera. It is manually operated, so not as convenient. But since you control when it's recording, there is less chance of accidental violations.
Tips For Your Car Security Camera
If and when you decide that a car security camera is a worthy investment, there are a few key aspects to keep in mind. Here are a few tips to consider:
- Make sure you pick a reliable, functional brand. Ask friends for recommendations or check online for the best reviews.
- Make sure you are complying with local laws. Chances are you're in the clear, but it never hurts to check.
- Make sure it's installed correctly. If so, you won't have to worry about it again until you happen to need the footage.
By keeping these simple tips in mind, you'll enjoy the best function and effectiveness out of your car security camera.
The right car security camera can transform your daily commute.
Whether you're concerned about security or just want to take a look at your travels, dash cams are popular options. We've discussed how the advancements in technology can make your drive safer and more fun. But there are a lot of options out there. Do your research before deciding on a product. The good news is there are only a few factors to consider.
If you decide to install one, we hope you enjoy yours as much as we do! If you want to help spread the word about the new breed of car cameras, share our article with your friends. And let us know in the comments section below if you have any other questions.
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