Recording equipment, especially video cameras, has become a new and welcome tool for both the public and law enforcement. Fixed surveillance cameras, for example, are an effective deterrent in lowering crimes such as theft in parking lots.
However, thanks to more advances in digital and photographic technology, both the quality and versatility of cameras have dramatically increased. Cameras are smaller, easier to use, and reliably capture higher quality images. All of this transfers to many different aspects of law enforcement, including mobile surveillance.
An Established Legal Precedent
The dashboard camera or "dashcam" has been in use in police work for decades. The first early attempts at dashcam usage by law enforcement occurred in the 1980s. It was at this time that miniaturization and power sources had finally become mobile enough to shrink cameras down to the size required to sit in a vehicle without obscuring the driver's view.
The first dashcams were used by law enforcement to document drunk drivers. As officers of the law, it was difficult for a drunk driver to dispute DUI charges when there was video evidence present that indicated otherwise. Eventually, in the 21st century, dashcam technology was cheap and accessible enough that even the general public installed and used them in their cars.
Dashcams, like all video surveillance, is considered one of the gold standards in terms of legal evidence. This is one of the reasons why dash cams are now widely encouraged by automobile insurance companies for drivers. It's one thing when two drivers argue over who was at fault in a traumatic, split-second moment of an auto accident.
A well-positioned dash cam, however, that sees everything clearly, eliminates any doubt about whether someone strayed from their lane, turned without using signals, or other negligent actions. Insurance companies enjoy the irrefutable evidence of who is at fault, and law enforcement benefits from this as well. Even for non-criminal cases, such as lawsuits, dash cams are admissible as evidence in court and upheld by judges and juries to resolve disputes.
Precise Details, Proper Documentation
For law enforcement groups, dash cams can be critical tools to aid an investigation. A good, high-resolution camera, for example, can clearly capture the details of a moving vehicle. It can even obtain important information like license plate number or identifying characteristics of the car, such as damage. For investigative purposes, this can sometimes give police the details they need to find suspects and other persons of interest.
It can also be necessary for protecting law enforcement officers from false reports. If a driver is stopped by law enforcement, dash cams can document the entire exchange. Any claims of inappropriate behavior such as violence or threats can be quickly disproven by video footage of the interaction.
Any law enforcement organization that wants better mobile surveillance can get it from us; we can help. Contact Supercircuits, and let us know of your needs. We can assess your exact situation and find the cameras that will increase your mobile surveillance efficiency.