Keying someone’s car is the easiest crime coworkers can get away with. The weapon of choice for vandals is their very own car or home keys. It’s hard to spot them using their keys, even with parking lot security cameras. Which, at times, may or may not work. Unfortunately, for most of us, employees who vandalize their coworker’s vehicles feel great satisfaction. With one stroke, they cause hundreds of dollars in damage. They also know it can cost you more than money. It can cause weeks of anguish and downtime dealing with paint repairs.
Most vandalizing coworkers like to key your car or truck’s coat of paint instead of causing other damage. Keying your car or truck can be easily accomplished. While walking past your vehicle with their eyes facing forward as they walk by. Disassociating any look of suspicion from a distance while scratching your car’s paint. Unfortunately, it’s rare for parking lot security cameras to be in the optimal position to see every vehicle. They are not designed to see every possible angle in order to accurately view every vehicle. That leaves a lot of vehicles vulnerable to being keyed or vandalized.
Vandals Take Joy In Your Anger and Confusion
After reveling in your anguish, they may wait several days before they go after your car or truck again. They do not want to draw attention to themselves. They may even chime in to accuse someone else of walking too close to your vehicle. This is used to throw off the stink of their dirty deeds. Many will get a two-for-one satisfaction by frustrating you and accusing someone else. That can be another coworker they have a private beef with.
The only way to capture these sneaky and destructive coworkers is to have a video and audio recording of them. Cameras should be positioned within your car, truck, or SUV to capture as much as possible.
You may be surprised to find out who is vandalizing your car or truck. Sometimes it’s not a direct enemy or rival of yours. Sometimes it’s someone who wants your attention by spending time “helping” you find the perpetrator.
Catch Them In The Act
Nevertheless, there is nothing more satisfying than catching someone in the act of vandalizing your car and making that person financially responsible for repairs. Also, because of their brashness, they may also face police questioning. At least they will face work discipline from a supervisor or manager or worse yet, lose their job altogether.
You must fully capture vandals from any angle messing with your vehicle while it’s parked. Make sure to install your cameras in a way to capture videos around your vehicle. If you choose to have the cameras professionally installed, you can go to any car stereo installer or Best Buy installation location. They can usually install them for you in under 20 minutes. Depending on the location, expect to pay $75 to $150 for installation.
The videos above were shot with a mid-level vehicle 2-camera system. You can achieve even more angles with a new advanced 3 camera system. This will help you completely encircle your car with the combined video coverage of 3 cameras. The 4k camera options give you the ability to recognize license plate numbers, objects, and faces from far away. The multiple cameras look through the vehicle from the dash and back window, giving you more views of your vehicle through the windows and above the roof of your car.
Where’s My Proof If They Steal My Cameras?
You may be asking yourself, “What happens if someone breaks into my car and steals the cameras?” Where’s my proof? Even though this is a rare occurrence, especially since the cameras look as if they are a part of your vehicle because of their sleek cylindrical shape. It’s still, a fair question. The new versions of the cameras come with a built-in modem, which allows you to stay connected to your vehicle cameras through a mobile phone app. If the car cameras are taken, the moment they are disconnected, they have enough power to automatically upload videos of the last instant recording to the cloud. You can use any mobile service to keep your vehicle cameras connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can view them and be notified if your vehicle is vandalized.
If in some way a vandal breaks into your vehicle and go through the process of pulling out one or both cameras, the vehicle camera’s instant video capture will be triggered. They will automatically upload the video of the incident to your cloud service. You can have this set up after the installation process. View and share these videos at any time remotely. You can use the camera system’s app using your mobile phone, tablet, or computer.