Technology has finally caught up. If you had the misfortune of having your vehicle keyed or your tires punctured on more than one occasion then you know what happens next. You contact the police and tell them that you have a pretty good idea of who’s doing the damage but they tell you that they are going to need proof to move forward in an investigation. In some cases, they’ll try to pull up fingerprints from your ride and you will have to wait weeks for the fingerprints to be processed. That’s a best-case scenario but in most cases, they don’t even show up to fingerprint the vehicle or ask neighbors if they have seen anything. Unfortunately, it’s up to you to catch the vandal in the act.
I’ve installed security cameras for over 16 years and up until recently, if your car wasn’t parked close to someone’s home or business who happens to have security cameras then you were out of luck if a perpetrator vandalized your vehicle away from any security camera’s view. Also, it’s not always easy to retrieve video from someone else’s video cameras. Parking lots of shopping centers and apartment complexes are notorious for being difficult when they are asked for video access of a certain time of the day or night and you’ll also find that they may not have had their recording equipment working at the time of the event.
It’s up to you to have proof of the incident. You need a security camera system that is self-contained and allow you to view video 24 hours a day, covering the front and back of your vehicle with the widest view possible so you can see vandals coming from all directions. You also want to be notified in the event someone rubs up against your vehicle, try your door handle, breaks a window or puncture one of your tires.
After trying out dozens of dash cams and other devices that are not equipped to notify you when your car or truck is vandalized we found one solution that works for all of our customers who’ve asked a number of questions:
- Do the cameras work when the car is parked and the engine is off?
- Can I see all around my car with the cameras?
- Am I able to view my cameras from my mobile phone?
- Can I view the cameras without paying a monthly fee to view my cameras remotely?
- Will the camera system notify me when someone is vandalizing my car?
- Can I view the cameras live from my mobile phone when I’m notified of a possible vandal?
- Am I able to backup video on my mobile phone and send it to someone else quickly?
- Do the cameras have night vision?
- Are the cameras safe from hackers?
The answer to all these questions is an enthusiastic YES and our 24-Hour Security Camera System for vehicles have every one of these concerns covered. In regards to question number 3, you only pay a monthly fee if you decide to use the cloud feature which allows you to view your vehicle’s cameras from anywhere. You can bypass paying the monthly Internet connection to the cloud by using a portable modem from your mobile phone package and share your packaged data with a portable modem. In my case, I use a portable modem from FreedomPop to give me 200mb of free Internet inside my car which is wirelessly connected to my vehicle cameras. I can view live video or playback video events right from the app no matter how far I’m away from my car. The included 200mb for me is more than enough since I only use it occasionally when someone hits my car or try to vandalize it. If I go over 200mb, I’m charged only for the extra data I use in small increments. When I’m within 90 feet of my car, I can use the vehicle’s cameras own wireless connection to the viewer app to view or download a video event to my phone without an Internet connection. By doing this I don’t have to worry about using up my 200mb of data from my portable FreedomPop wireless modem in my car.
Another amazing feature of these 24-hour vehicle security cameras is the fact that they are rotatable. With the cameras rotated outward, you get a wide-angle view of the front and back of the cameras. You can see license plates in clear details as well as view buildings and traffic from a distance. If you rotate the cameras inward, you can view the inside of your car or truck and anyone coming up to your vehicle from any direction in a 360-degree view. What’s great about having two cameras creating a 360-degree view is that you get two different perspectives of the same Incident. In one camera you can see the face of someone coming up to your vehicle and in the other, you can also see their back and possibly what they’re holding in their hands from the other camera’s view. The 360-degree position only allows a more close-up view. License plates are only visible close to the moment of impact to your vehicle and you may not see the direction of where the car went or where the perpetrator ran away to. I personally like both positions but I keep mine at the outward view because after watching hundreds of video of customer’s ex-boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives and neighbors come and key their vehicle, puncture tires or pretty much vandalize their vehicles, they are always caught on one of the camera’s view because no one perfectly walks up to a vehicle’s blind spot and walk perfectly backwards in that same blind spot. It’s almost impossible and they would have to be aware of a few blind spots on the sides when the cameras are not in the 360 position when pointed inwards.
There’s one more thing I noticed after reviewing hundreds of vehicle videos, if someone is really upset with you, they can’t help but mumble to themselves while they are vandalizing your car or truck. You don’t know how many times we had customers match the voice of someone that they know from the cameras built-in omnidirectional mic that picks up voices and noise inside AND outside of the vehicle. If I hear another vandal on video mumbling ” Yea?, what are you going to do about that!? ” while they vandalize a customer’s car, I’m going to scream! It must be something in human nature to want to express yourself auditorially while you vandalize your ex-significant other’s vehicle.