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5 Ways to Prevent Car Theft with a Dash Cam

In our recent blog, we delved into the disturbing number of car thefts happening per day in North America, especially in Canada. Auto theft is a crisis that’s affecting Canadians across the country, and is being felt most acutely in Ontario. Alberta ranks second, and B.C. ranks third in automobile theft – and this crime is happening every 5 minutes. So the moment you finish reading this article, there might have been another car that’s stolen in our area.

In Ottawa, the escalation in auto theft has prompted policymakers and observers to declare it a national crisis, especially with the advancements in technology that making stealing cars more tantalizing than ever. The federal government says an estimated 90,000 cars are stolen annually in Canada, resulting in about $1 billion in costs to Canadian insurance policyholders and taxpayers.

Now, as part of a larger effort to combat auto theft, Francois-Philippe Champagne, the federal minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, recently stated his plan to prohibit the importation, and sale of consumer hacking devices, like Flipper Zeros. The Flipper Zero is a pocket-sized gadget that can study and interact with wireless signals – it is possibly the most well-known flipper on social media, with a flurry of TikTok videos claiming it can be used to steal vehicles. However, the Flipper Zero team and technical community at large have said that the device can’t be used to hijack any car, specifically the ones produced after the 1990s, since their security systems have rolling codes, an unlocking system much too advanced for these basic hacking devices.

So, what other ways can we prevent car theft? In this article, we will share five ways, particularly by installing a dash camera system in your car.

5 Ways on How to Prevent Car Theft

1. Choose a Dash Cam with Parking Mode

Beyond recording drives, a dash camera can also record even when it’s parked, or left unattended through parking mode. Parking mode is a feature offered by many modern dash cams, allowing them to continue recording even when the vehicle is parked and the engine is off. This feature is particularly useful for monitoring your vehicle's surroundings when left unattended.

Now how can the parking mode feature in dash cam help? For example, if you've parked your car in a public parking lot while running errands, then a thief approaches your vehicle, intending to break in. Unbeknownst to them, your dash cam, equipped with parking mode, can silently record their every move. Read more about parking mode here.

We installed a dash cam into a WRX with this single eyesight system.

2. Choose a Dash Cam That’s Discreet

Opting for a discreet dash cam design is essential for maintaining the element of surprise and catching potential thieves off guard. As they attempt to tamper with your car door, discreet dash cams can silently record their actions without drawing any attention.

A smaller, inconspicuous dash cam like the VIOFO A119 Mini 2, Thinkware F70 Pro, is less likely to attract unwanted attention, allowing it to blend seamlessly into your vehicle's interior. If you want the maximum level of security, we can also recommend the Box units from BlackVue – the BlackVue DR770X Box, which records front, rear, and interior in full HD, or the BlackVue DR970X Plus Box, which records front and rear in 4K ultra-high definition resolution, all while offering tamper-proof cameras and a box head unit that can be stowed away safely. Check out the DR970X Plus Box here.

3. Choose a Dash Cam with Cloud Capabilities

More than storing footage, Cloud-connected dash cams like BlackVue and Thinkware offer the advantage of remote viewing and receiving alerts in real-time in case motion or impact is detected. With this feature, you can access your dash cam footage from anywhere via a smartphone app or web browser. In the event of a theft or break-in, your dash cam can record what’s happening while automatically uploading it to the Cloud for security.

One great example is while you're away on vacation, you receive a notification on your phone from your dash cam's app. Upon checking the live feed, you discover that someone is attempting to steal your car from your driveway. With the evidence captured by your dash cam uploaded to the cloud in real-time, you may quickly alert the authorities and have them arrive just in time to prevent the theft. Read more about cloud dash cams here.

We installed a dash cam into a WRX with this single eyesight system.

4. Ensure Longer Protection with a Dash Cam Battery Pack

While many dash cams draw power from the vehicle's battery, investing in a dash cam battery pack like the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 can provide extended surveillance even when the engine is turned off. This ensures continuous monitoring of your vehicle's surroundings without draining the car battery.

Knowing that your dash cam is powered by a battery pack, you have peace of mind knowing that it will continue recording even if you're away for an extended period. A battery pack is especially important if you’re leaving your vehicle parked for multiple days in a row, which can be difficult when purely powered off of a car battery. Thanks to the dash cam's uninterrupted recording, you can make sure that whoever gets near or attempts to break into your vehicle are clearly captured on camera. Check out the PowerCell 8 Battery Pack here.

5. Practice Safety Measures

Aside from the help of dash cams, preventing car theft involves a combination of proactive measures. You should always lock your vehicle and ensure all windows are closed when parked, even for short durations. Utilizing security systems such as alarms, immobilizers, and steering wheel locks can deter thieves. We also recommend parking in well-lit, populated areas, or preferably in a garage if available. Lastly, avoid leaving valuables visible inside the car, which can attract opportunistic thieves. Don’t give them a reason to be out to get you next.

Don’t be ‘The Next One’

In conclusion, protecting your vehicle from theft necessitates a multifaceted approach, and dash cam systems play an important part in improving security. You can dramatically lower your chances of becoming a victim of auto theft by purchasing a dash cam with advanced features such as parking mode, cloud capabilities, and a discreet design, taking other safeguards such as dash cam battery packs, and practicing safe driving. With the assurance that your vehicle is well-protected, you may confidently travel the roads ahead.

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