Vehicle Security 

How To Catch Someone Keying And Vandalizing Your Car

You can catch someone keying or vandalizing your car or truck with a 24-Hour vehicle camera system consisting of at least two cameras that can give you a nearly 360-degree view of the outside of your vehicle from inside the front and back window.

– Armand Lucas

The police will tell you that you need a legitimate eyewitness to your car or truck being vandalized. You can’t ask the authorities to investigate or go after anyone you suspect is vandalized your vehicle even if that person was seen near or around your vehicle by you or an eyewitness. You or that eyewitness have to view them in the act of vandalism and write a statement.

There are several dashcam systems out there in the market that can record vivid video while you drive your car or truck but what you really need is a hardy camera system that can record motion and vandalism 24 hours a day with optional cloud video back up. Your vehicle cameras should be able to penetrate the night and give you a clear video of what is happening around your vehicle day and night.

Get Instant Notifications With An Optional Hotspot Device

As an option, you can add a hotspot connection that allows you to view your cameras remotely. You can also receive notifications from the cameras the moment your vehicle is being vandalized because of the cameras gravity sensor.

Any minute movement, may it be someone leaning on your car or slashing your tires can trip the gravity sensor (G Sensor) and notify you through the app’s push notification so you know immediately that your vehicle deserves attention. You can choose how sensitive you want the vehicle camera’s gravity sensor to be. From the app, you can make changes to the sensor and even have video automatically uploaded to the cloud the moment the G-Sensor is tripped. If you have your car parked in a personal garage, you can have a motion-sensing video uploaded to the cloud and notify you immediately. In most cases, I would not suggest setting motion sensing to notify you because, in an outdoor parked area, pedestrians and cars driving by would trigger notifications every few seconds.

How Much Does Hotspot Internet Cost?

Monthly data service for hotspot devices can be included with your very own mobile phone plan. Some hotspots through T-Mobile, AT&T, and other smaller mobile operators offer unlimited plans starting at $10 per month as long as you have a mobile service plan in place with them already. If you order our vehicle camera system, we will email you a special link to FreedomPop with an offer to receive a free mobile hotspot device for your car or truck with free monthly service. The free monthly service includes 2 Gigabytes of 4G LTE data which will allow you to have unlimited notifications from the cameras when the camera’s G-Sensor is tripped and the occasional remote video view several times a month. If you choose not to use hotspot service, you can always connect your mobile phone to the cameras through its direct connect via direct WiFi on the app as long as you are near or within 90 feet of the cameras. You can also connect to an existing WiFi connection where you park your car or truck. When I park in my driveway, my vehicle cameras automatically connect to my home’s WiFi connection. Also, when I’m in the office parking lot, I’m connected to the business WiFi that is strong enough to reach my car in the parking lot.

Can I Use An Old Mobile Phone As A Hotspot Device?

Yes! You can use an old phone with a hotspot connection to connect your vehicle’s cameras to the cloud. Keep in mind, smartphones weren’t designed to have their hotspots running for more than a few hours which is fine when you are visiting a certain area for a few hours but if you need more than a few hours of cloud connection to your vehicle’s cameras then you need a hotspot device that can charge up via your cigarette lighter or USB charger while you’re driving and seamlessly let the device’s battery take over when your car or truck is parked. A good hotspot device should offer you anywhere between 12 to 14 hours of internet connection while it’s on battery power. A third option is to use an existing WiFi hotspot you park near. When you order one of our vehicle camera systems, we will provide you with a link to receive a free hotspot device with free monthly service as long as you pay the activation fee of $19.95.

Can I Capture The Person’s Face On Video?

Owners of SUVs and trucks have a better view of their surroundings when it comes to dashcams catching vandals keying or damaging their vehicles because they sit up higher than regular passenger cars. When someone is standing right next to their truck, the cameras can catch chest to face level no matter how close they are to your vehicle. passenger cars can maneuver their cameras a few inches lower on the windshield. This gives cars the advantage of capturing the whole view of the person and not just a chest to face capture.

How Are These Cameras Powered?

Until recently, you would need a professional installer to install these professional dashcam systems. They would usually install a PMP, which is an acronym for a power management system for the vehicle cameras better known as Power Magic Pro for BlackVue products. They are usually purchased with the cameras and you would hand over the camera system with the PMP and they would install the complete system by connecting the PMP to the vehicle’s 12-volt fuse that controls the ignition switch. This fuse is located in the vehicle’s fuse box. If an installer connects the PMP to the wrong fuse, it may cause the dashcam to power off when a car door is open or when the interior lights turn on. In the worst-case scenario, if a PMP is connected to your vehicle incorrectly, it can cause problems with the vehicle’s internal systems or cause battery failure. That is why we now recommend purchasing the newly introduced OBD2 power connector. It connects directly to your car or trucks data port and you don’t have to make changes to your fuse box. You just plug the OBD connector to the port and your cameras are powered safely.

Most professional installations cost between $100 and $150. If you choose to install the cameras yourself you may want to opt for an OBD power connector with battery discharge prevention for power. It’s a plug & play power supply that monitors your vehicle battery voltage if the battery’s power falls below 12.3 volts. It will shut the cameras off to save your battery from being discharged to the point where it can not turn over the engine the next time you start your car.

How Good Is The Night Vision On These Cameras?

24-hour vehicle cameras should have exceptional night vision and with the new Sony chipset. very little ambient light is needed to illuminate the vehicle’s surroundings allowing the cameras to capture the faces of vandals keying or damaging your car. You should also be able to identify passing cars and trucks and at times, their passengers as they go by.

What Should I do With The Recorded Video I Captured?

Download the recorded video directly to your mobile phone via the camera app once you review it. When you have it downloaded to your mobile phone, you have several options. My favorite option is to upload a video incident to YouTube. Most mobile phones come equipped with the YouTube app that allows you to upload video directly from your mobile phone. Uploading video of the incident gives you a point of reference that no one can deny. You can set this video to Private viewing on YouTube and only share the video’s unique YouTube website address with the police authorities, neighbors or close associates to review and act on it. Others prefer to give the video a detailed title and share it openly on YouTube for the whole world to see. If uploading your videos to YouTube or any other online service seems daunting, just hire the service of a teenage techy and they should have you up on YouTube before you know it.

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