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The Top Five Dash Cameras to Be Aware of for 2017

3 Apr

As technology continues to advance, keeping up with the latest innovations in certain product categories is more important than ever — especially if it’s something that helps to keep you safe every day. Case in point: Today’s dash cameras are more powerful, less expensive and have more features than even the top-of-the-line models from as few as five years ago. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing a dash camera for the first time in 2017 or you’re ready to trade in an old unit for a flashy new model, there are a few particular options you’ll absolutely want to consider.

The G1W-CB 1080P HD Car Dash Camera With Capacitor

The G1W-CB 1080P HD Car Dash Camera is actually a refresh of the popular G1W series and comes with all of the features the previous unit offered and so much more. In addition to a lens designed for absolutely perfect forward-facing surveillance, you get footage captured in stunning 1080P high-definition detail. Loop recording guarantees that you’ll never miss a minute of the important action, and the included capacitor allows it to withstand extreme temperatures. It stores 10 hours of fully HD video thanks to support for a 64GB memory card.

The A119 1440P Car Dash Camera with GPS Logger

Another unit making waves across the industry in 2017 is the A119 1440P Car Dash Camera with GPS Logger, which, as the name suggests, offers a high-definition resolution of 1440P — significantly greater than that of traditional HD video. The unit’s cover design is intended to keep it hidden, and thanks to the included G-sensor, all impact events are captured automatically. What really makes this model unique is the included GPS logger — not only is driving location recorded instantly, but speed information is included as well. All of this would be hugely beneficial if you ever need to use your footage in a court of law. Built to withstand extreme temperatures and offering advanced features like low-light recording, this is a perfect option for safety-conscious drivers everywhere.

The Garmin Dash Cam 35

The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is the company’s flagship model, including a built-in GPS system, 1080P HD resolution and a recording frame rate of 30 frames per second. It offers a 180-degree viewing angle to make sure that you get the most accurate representation of obstacles in front of your car (particularly in terms of distance) at all times. Though the unit doesn’t have the ability to record audio, it does support a 64GB MicroSD card — guaranteeing that you’ll have at least 10 hours of recording when you need it the most.

The ZeroEdge

What makes the ZeroEdge such a unique entry on this list is that it actually gives you your choice of recording resolutions. Options include 480P standard definition and both the 720P and the 1080P HD formats. It mounts right to the windshield of your car thanks to the included suction cup and features a 2.4″ screen that shows you everything you’re recording. It also includes, not only the ability to record audio but still photography as well – with the press of a button.

The Blackvue DR650GW-2CH

For consumers who are willing to spare no expense and who want to guarantee the highest level of protection possible, the Blackvue DR65GW-2CH is one of the best dash cameras available in 2017 or any other year. It’s a premium system that includes a front- and a rear-facing camera, guaranteeing that you have maximum coverage at all times. The front camera records at 1080P HD, while the rear camera records in a slightly lower resolution at 720P. Both record video at 30 frames per second. The unit also comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to both review and control the footage being recorded from an app that is compatible with both Android and iOS mobile operating systems. A massive 128GB SD card is also included, as is a G sensor for impact detection, timestamp support and so much more.

 

720P. Both record video at 30 frames per second. The unit also comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to both review and control the footage being recorded from an app that is compatible with both the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. A massive 128GB SD card is also included, as is a G sensor for impact detection, timestamp support and so much more.

 

The Power of the Dash Camera – Not Even Cops Are Immune

4 Jan

Dash cameras, such as the kind used by local law enforcement agencies around the country, have been a controversial topic for much of their existence. Originally intended to increase visibility in the surrounding community and establish a new layer of accountability at the same time, they’ve been met with negative reactions from people on both sides of the aisle for various reasons. Cops are often less than enthused about the fact that their every activity is being recorded, while community members are constantly fighting states that attempt to enact laws to prevent the footage ever being made public.

Having said that, it’s hard to argue that there’s one thing dash cameras are GREAT at: catching stupidity in the act. Such is the case with two Utica, New York police officers who were caught planting evidence on the job in 2012. They would have gotten away with it, too — had they not carried out their illegal deed within full view of the dash camera that they apparently forgot existed.

The Curious Case of the Dash Camera Footage

At a little after 1:00 a.m. in 2012, two Utica, New York police officers made a routine traffic stop — like so many they had made before. In the entire 30+ minute dash cam video that was eventually released by the police department to the public, one of the officers clearly can be seen pulling a small bag of something out of his pocket. Some 30 seconds later, he ducks into the car. He quickly emerges… holding that very same baggie; only now he’s insisting that it’s something that he found during his routine search of the vehicle.

In their first of many official statements related to the matter, the Utica police department said that the full video clearly showed that the officer DID originally find the baggie on the suspect. Only later did he make the decision to place it in his pocket and then to pretend that he found it in the vehicle itself. None of that actually matters, but to be fair — that is what the full video shows.

For the record, the bag in question contained both marijuana and a “small residue of cocaine.” To their credit, the Utica police department doubled-down on their defense of the officers, saying that what the police officer did was an entirely defensible form of evidence processing at the scene of a crime.

The Aftermath

The video itself was eventually released to the public by way of the Utica Phoenix newspaper and was met with outrage throughout the community, as you might expect. Despite a number of statements issuing their support for the officers in question, the Utica police department did eventually begin an internal affairs investigation into the incident itself. Along the way, the video had also been sent to the FBI for further review.

“I mishandled evidence and tried to plant it on a suspect only because I forgot I was being recorded,” is not, as it turns out, a viable defense in this type of situation. Though this particular situation does have an undercurrent of humor, it’s key to remember that these types of incidents are playing out across the country every single day — and not all of them are being recorded.

The Reality of Dash Cameras: They’re Here to Stay

All of this goes to show that dash cameras and similar types of technology are becoming more commonplace in our daily lives — it’s reached the point that even police officers can sometimes forget they’re recording their own actions at the most inopportune of moments. In a weird way, though, this is actually empowering the cameras to work exactly as intended. The more ubiquitous they become, the more they fade into the background.

This idea serves to underscore the importance of always being aware of your surroundings. Any time you step out into public (or into a seemingly private area that is accessible for others), you could potentially be recorded without your knowledge.

 

Police Dash Cameras a Controversial Topic in North Carolina

26 Dec

Police dash cameras and similar law enforcement tools like body cameras have long been seen as a way to both increase accountability on the police force in a community and protect the hardworking men and women of the law at the same time. However, with this comes a natural question – if the footage being recorded by those dash cameras is inaccessible to the public, are they really accomplishing anything of value at all? The answer to this question is a controversial one and also one that is currently being played out in North Carolina.

In July of 2016, the North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that makes that footage completely inaccessible to the general public, regardless of the circumstances. This is one decision that has been met with a certain (and understandable) level of outcry.

The North Carolina Situation

The bill signed into law by Governor McCrory makes police dash camera footage completely inaccessible to ALL members of the general public, including people who may have been recorded by the camera itself during something like a traffic stop. This is problematic, as part of the reason these dash cameras exist in the first place is to give citizens a tool to prove police misbehavior when and where it occurs.

When the bill was initially proposed, it was met with significant public outcry. Not only were there protests across the state, but a petition was also launched that was ultimately signed by more than 3,000 people. The law, officially called House Bill 972, marched on anyway – passing in the state senate with a vote of 48 to 2 in favor. At that point, McCrory signing the bill into law was little more than a formality.

Perhaps the most controversial part of the law is that the police officers themselves are fully in charge of when and where that footage can now be seen – or if it is ever released at all. For a technology that was designed in part to increase visibility and accountability, House Bill 972 seems to have reversed those efforts for the foreseeable future.

The Landscape

The reason this decision was so controversial has less to do with anything happening in North Carolina and more to do with what’s going on in today’s world. Part of the reason why the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were so widely reported was because they were incidents that were caught on camera through similar types of recording technology. Without having access to the footage being recorded, there is almost little point in the dash cameras, body cameras and other recording devices being used at all – at least as far as the general public is concerned.

Again, it is important to note that for people who are recorded on these dash cameras, there IS still a way to obtain that footage – the police just have to sign off on it. Law enforcement agencies will reportedly weigh a number of different factors when making this decision, including whether or not someone may be harmed either physically or in terms of their reputation if the footage is released, or if the ongoing confidentiality of the footage is necessary for current and ongoing police investigations.

In the End

The actions of law enforcement professionals across the country are important, to be sure – but they also come with their fair share of controversy, especially in today’s modern climate. Dash camera technology provides an additional layer of accountability in a process that is typically kept at arm’s length from the public at large, though North Carolina has taken steps to extend that natural distance even further. One thing is for sure: if police dash cameras began life as a technology under constant scrutinize, laws like the one recently signed by North Carolina’s governor aren’t going to do much to change that fact anytime soon. It remains to be seen if similar laws will slowly roll out in other areas of the country in the not-too-distant future.

 

Top 10 Shocking Dash Camera Videos in the United States Involving Law Enforcement with Commentary

1 Dec

If you think that there will NEVER be a situation where a dash cam might come in handy, you might want to think again. The roads in the United States are dangerous, but it isn’t always just other motorists you have to concern yourself with. Watch these top ten shocking dash camera videos involving law enforcement and then reconsider whether or not you run out and purchase one of the devices to call your own.

  1. The Great New Jersey Chase of 2015

Marvel at this police dash camera footage from New Jersey, as officers are led on a wild chase that spans not one, not two, but THREE major highways in the area!

  1. You Never Can Be Too Careful

Police see horrific and shocking car crashes every day, as this compilation of police dash cam crashes goes a long way towards proving. Watch as cars hit trains, trucks, SUVs and almost the cops themselves!

  1. Lubbock County, Texas

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. Judging by this YouTube video, everything is longer, too – at least as far as their police chases are concerned. This one clocks in at just over 20 minutes!

  1. The Kansas Chase

Police chases aren’t always like you see in the movies – sometimes they don’t touch highways at all. Sometimes they take place in residential neighborhoods, as terrifying as that may be. Such was the case with this pursuit that took place in May of 2016 in a small town in Kansas.

  1. The Fast and The Furious

This is one dash cam video that really has it all. Not only do you get the immediate aftermath of a bank robbery, but you also get a 100+ mile per hour high-speed chase that rockets through Kenosha and Racine counties in Wisconsin. This is one that you’re just going to have to see to believe.

  1. The Shootout

If police cruisers weren’t equipped with dash cameras, we wouldn’t have this shocking footage of a Chicago PD shootout with a carjacking suspect. Let this serve as a lesson to all would-be carjackers everywhere – the Chicago police department doesn’t take things like this lying down.

  1. Take to the Skies

So many people talk about how law enforcement cruisers have dash cameras, it’s easy to forget that other types of vehicles have them, too. Police helicopters ALSO have “dash” cameras in the United States, as evidenced by this incredible footage of some local law enforcement officers taking down a suspect on the side of the road.

  1. Raw Video

Many people don’t realize that when police dash cam footage shows up on the news, it’s often heavily edited. Police dash cams record all day long so that they can be ready when those few moments of action really do take place. Such is the case with this raw video of a police chase that ended in spectacular fashion in Jackson, Mississippi. Be sure to stick around for the shocking conclusion – it’s one that you won’t want to miss.

  1. Miami Police Shootout

Many times, police dash cam footage actually can look like something that you would see in the latest Hollywood action blockbuster – which is something that this police dash cam footage of a Miami police shootout goes a long way towards underlining.

  1. A Crash At the Border (Patrol Van)

Finally, we have this brief encounter between a United States border patrol van and another vehicle, caught on camera for everyone to see. This is one border patrol van driver who probably didn’t expect to find himself in this type of situation when he woke up that morning, that’s for sure! Just wait until you see what happens at the very end – you’ll want to watch it again and again!

 

What To Do When Your Car is Being Damaged or Harassed When It’s Parked

3 Nov

When it comes to damage to your car, depending on where you live your biggest concern may NOT be the carelessness of other drivers on the road. If you live in a big city and park on the street, your number one priority may be what’s happening AFTER you’ve parked and gone inside for the night.

Car break-ins, along with other types of damage and harassment, can happen anywhere – but that doesn’t mean you have to take them laying down. Your car is an investment and just like any other, you need to take steps to protect it at all costs. If you suspect that your car is being tampered with while you’re not around, there are a few key steps you can take to stop this activity in its tracks as soon as possible.

Technology: Your Biggest Ally

If you do suspect that your car is being damaged or harassed when it’s parked, a traditional dash camera may not be enough to give you the information you need. Many dash cameras are designed to be used while driving, as they give you a crystal clear view of what is going on in FRONT of your vehicle – namely in relation to other drivers. If your car is parked on the street, damage can come from any angle – creating certain blind spots that would be problematic.

Certain types of dash cams, however, WILL be inherently valuable in these situations because of the advanced functionality they offer. The G1W-CB 1080P HD Car Dash Cam, for example, includes a G-sensor feature that detects impacts from the moment they occur. Even if your car is parked and the camera isn’t on, the G-sensor will automatically detect ANY impact (even if someone only kicks your car and another vehicle is not involved), allowing it to document important events automatically.

Along the same lines, the K1S 1080P Dual Car Dash Camera with GPS will also be hugely valuable in your time of need. It includes the same G-sensor technology that allows it to automatically capture impact events, even when the car is parked. The K1S is a dual camera system, however, allowing you to install two wide angle lenses on your vehicle – one in the front and one in the back. Regardless of where your damage occurs or how it is initiated, the unit will be able to capture everything in stunning detail for up to six hours with a 64GB memory card.

Additionally, the K1S features loop recording that, when paired with the fact that it automatically turns on and off, will allow you to keep an eye on your car all night long. You’ll never have to worry about missing even a second of important actions ever again.

What to Do Next

Once you’ve collected the necessary visual information, never try to handle the situation by yourself. If your neighbor parks a little too close to your car and dents the fender, that’s one thing – if someone breaks into your car with the intention of stealing from you, that’s something else entirely. Always take your dash cam footage to the proper authorities and file a police report so you can document everything as accurately as you can. This will be especially helpful if you need to escalate things to a court of law in the future.

These are just a few of the key steps that you can take when your car is being damaged or harassed when it’s parked to help stop this from happening. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it’s now easier than ever not only to confirm your suspicions – but also to stop it from happening and hold the guilty parties responsible at the same time.

 

How Dash Cameras are Used in Russia for Insurance Fraud

26 Oct

The next time you feel like insurance fraud is a big problem in the United States, just be thankful that you don’t live in Russia. The problem has grown so severe that federal executive authorities, lawmakers and even insurance companies themselves will all meet in Moscow in November (at a Holiday Inn, of all places) to discuss what can be done about this epidemic moving forward.

Thankfully, citizens in Russia have begun to take matters into their own hands. Drivers aren’t taking the possibility of a completely frivolous lawsuit or insurance claim laying down and they’ve turned to modern technology to help them navigate this issue to its safest possible conclusion. Russian drivers are relying on dash cameras more and more to avoid these types of situations and others.

Russian Insurance Fraud in Action

To get a better understanding of just how pressing this insurance fraud issue is in Russia, take a look at this YouTube compilation of some of the biggest “insurance fraud fails” of 2014.

Though the specifics of each incident may change, the larger goal remains the same. Sometimes the car ahead of a driver will stop and pretend that they’ve been rear-ended. Other times pedestrians will literally jump onto the ground in front of a car, insisting that they were struck.

It may be brazen, but it’s also been incredibly effective on behalf of the fraudsters – until recently that is.

The Power of Dash Camera Cultures

Over the last several years, Russians have used dash cameras to protect themselves from a wide range of different incidents. When insurance fraud, hit-and-run accidents and even road rage are daily occurrences, having live, high definition footage of what is going on in front of your car can certainly come in handy more often than it doesn’t.

Also, keep in mind that in Russia most car owners are only required to have basic liability coverage. So if someone says that you hit them with your car and tries to sue, they’re coming after your personal assets. Likewise, if you are the victim of a hit-and-run, without clear photographic evidence the court system isn’t likely to be much help. In that way, having a dash camera protects you in a host of different situations that are far too costly to ignore.

The right dash camera can continuously record all activity in a car from the moment you turn on the engine, allowing drivers to “set it and forget it” on their commute. If the dash cam doesn’t actually catch anything valuable, it can just record over old footage so it never misses a beat. Loop recording, always-on functionality, and even GPS all come in handy when it comes to proving that you didn’t actually strike a motorist on your way to work one morning.

When you consider that insurance fraud claims can easily amount to thousands of dollars for an innocent driver, a $300 or less gadget certainly sounds like a worthy investment to make. To say nothing of the money you’ll save by getting the person who actually DID hit your car to pay up.

It’s important to note that insurance fraud isn’t the only thing Russian drivers are concerned with – according to a study reported on by Wired, they’re legitimately accident prone as well. There were 35,972 road deaths in Russia in 2007, coming out to an average of 25.2 fatalities for every 100,000 citizens. The United States, on the other hand, had 13.9 fatalities per 100,000 people during the same period of time. So Russian dash cams don’t just prevent insurance fraud – they’re also helping to save lives.

New Product Update: A119 Dash Camera

19 Oct

Because so many different options are available, choosing the right dash camera to fit your needs can quickly feel overwhelming. Dash cameras need to be able to do more than just record video – they have to be built from the ground up with surveillance in mind. You don’t just need an option that will record – you need to rest easy knowing you’ll never miss anything important ever again.

To that end, the recently updated A119 Dash Camera includes a wide range of best-in-class features that truly make it the unit to beat in terms of performance, flexibility and user friendliness.

Breaking Down the A119 Dash Camera

The A119 Dash Camera is by far one of the best cameras of its type on the market today, particularly when you consider what you get for something at this price point. The unit features two resolution options for you to choose from depending on your needs – 1440p at 30fps (which is actually higher than traditional HD) and 1080p at 60fps.

Capable of recording both video and audio, the A119 Dash Camera is perfect for forward-facing surveillance. The compact, sleek and covert design helps keep the camera hidden and the unit can withstand extreme temperatures thanks to the on-board OV4689 capacitor.

Loop recording guarantees that you’ll never miss an important event and the fact that the A119 Dash Camera automatically turns itself on and off means you can “set it and forget it.” The wide angle lens not only offers superior visibility directly in front of the car but also to the far left and far right, allowing you to see things AROUND your subject as well.

Never Miss an Important Moment Again

What truly separates the A119 Dash Camera from so many other units at this price point (along with previous generations of the same unit) are the number of additional features included that guarantee you’ll never miss capturing an important event ever again.

The A119 Dash Camera includes a stunning G-sensor that automatically captures impact events. The moments immediately before, during and after a crash can be a stressful one. Now, you’ll have one less thing to worry about because you can guarantee your A119 captured everything you’ll need to find out exactly what happened.

The A119 Dash Camera also supports memory cards that are up to 64GB in size, allowing you to store up to seven hours of stunning high definition video.

Included in the packaging is everything you’ll need to get the A119 Dash Camera up and running in just a few short moments of your time. You get an adhesive mount, a dual USB car power adapter, five mounting clips, a detaching string for the adhesive mount and additional adhesive pads for you to use to set things up exactly how you want them.

If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art surveillance option that allows you to rest easy knowing that all of your recording needs are being taken care of, you’d be hard pressed to find an option more valuable than the updated A119 Dash Camera.