Join Date: Dec 2011
Car: 2010 2.5i
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Dash Cameras and Theft
I am considering getting a dash cam. Let's just say that I often encounter people who drive like idiots in ways that should I hit them for their senseless driving habits, they would be able to argue it was my fault based on the outward appearance of the scenario. Based on the types of cars, they likely have the money for a lawyer to back up their claims as well. As an example, if I leave even just a car length in front of me waiting to get onto the highway rather than continue on (as intended for the other lane) someone will zip to the front of the line to get onto the highway in their BMW/Audi/Mercedes and merge into the single car length of space that I have left at the last possible second and then immediately slam on their brakes to prevent hitting the car in front of them. If I hit the car that merged, the driver could easily argue that I was at fault for rear-ending them without any proof on my end that they gave me no time to react (and I wouldn't count on there being any eyewitnesses willing to stick around since this is often during rush hour for work). So, there's the benefit of having a dashboard camera.
The detriment of having a dash camera:
Some clever thieves have been reported to break into cars near a stadium during a major sporting event (or other similar situations with a determined end time), steal the garage door opener and the GPS, navigate to "Home" on the GPS, open the garage door and steal whatever looks good before the end of the sporting event. I never mark my home location as "Home" in my GPS as a simple precaution for this situation.
I think the dash cameras that I can find on sale pose a similar threat. None of the dedicated dashboard cameras that I can find seem to have any safeguards or precautions for storing data and preventing thief from stealing the camera (or just pulling out the SD card) and having your entire driving schedule logged for the past hundred driving trips with timestamps (and sometimes GPS locations for the more expensive models) for which they could do even more devious things than presently possible with just GPS information. That is... unless you plan to remove your dashboard camera and take it into every establishment with you (which would basically mean I would probably forget to hook it up the one time an accident does happen).
That in mind, the cameras with good picture quality (both night and day) are not very overly concealable and might simply be a theft target themselves. I know this scenario is a little far-fetched, but I want a dash camera that deals with just the scenario I need and doesn't pose additional risks regarding thieves or other potential expensive scenarios.
Does anyone have any thoughts or know of any cameras/solutions that I have not yet found that would alleviate my concerns?
- Some form of encryption on the SD card
- Wireless connection between the camera and a separate black box that actually does the recording and could be concealed elsewhere in the car