By RAM Tracking on 29 Sep 2023
Although it may seem ordinary, a dash cam is an untapped and valuable resource. It stands as a silent yet vigilant guard for fleet managers, offering support in the ongoing battle against fraudulence and criminal activities such as:
Dash cams are more than just unassuming devices; they are the unbiased witnesses to every moment on the road, capturing evidence that can be used in favour of fleet operators.
In the complex world of fleet management, the presence of these unforeseen hazards is a huge threat.
Dash cams, primarily designed to record footage from a vehicle's perspective while driving, can indirectly contribute to the prevention of vehicle theft in several ways:
There are many testimonies to dash cams preventing theft, many highlight how the camera has caught the thieves off guard, like Angela, a mini owner from London:
‘I am totally happy I bought that camera. It’s worth every penny. Now the police have a clear image of the man and can continue a thorough investigation – I hope anyone who recognises him comes forward, the picture is clear as day.’
While dash cams may not directly prevent vehicle theft, their presence can significantly reduce the likelihood of theft and aid in the recovery of stolen vehicles. They provide a layer of security and documentation that can be crucial in deterring criminals and assisting law enforcement in resolving theft cases.
Dash cams can help to prevent, document, and provide evidence in "crash-for-cash" incidents, which are fraudulent car accidents staged for insurance purposes, over 2,300 motorists have been victim to these scams. Here's how dash cams play a vital role in addressing these incidents:
These scams are estimated to add £400m to motorists premiums, so it’s important to protect your fleet from such incidents. Terry, a travelling mechanic shared details of an incident with us:
"This is why I have a camera in my van, a driver in front of me (reported to the police and crime reference number obtained) slows down then moves forward, slows down again, then stops and rolls back a tiny bit. She then tries to claim I ran into the back of her. When I watch the video back, you will clearly see that I am nowhere near her, in fact about 3ft away all the time. She had to cheek to start shouting abuse at me when I pointed out she was being recorded.”
Dash cams act as impartial, vigilant witnesses that provide objective evidence of crash-for-cash incidents. Their presence alone can deter fraudsters, while their documented footage can protect innocent parties, assist law enforcement and aid in legal proceedings. As such, dash cams have become a valuable tool in combating fraudulent activities on the road.
For fleet managers, dash cams are necessary protectors, tackling two pressing challenges—vehicle theft and crash-for-cash scams.
For vehicle theft, dash cams act as:
Dash cam help to stop potential thieves and aid in swift recovery. Testimonies, like Angela's, demonstrate to their worth.
In countering crash-for-cash scams, dash cams offer:
Their role is important in situations where fraud costs millions and innocent parties suffer.
In sumary, dash cams have transitioned from optional accessories to essential tools. They ensure:
Standing as solid lookouts against the threats of theft and fraud in the world of fleet management.
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