Monday, 23 June 2014

Can Your Dash Cam Footge Help Crimestoppers?

Police are appealing for 'dashcam' footage after an attempted robbery at a garage in West Lothian.

They say on-board cameras fitted to drivers' vehicles may have recorded a silver car similar to an Astra parked by the side of the road which was connected to the crime.

Officers are asking to all motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists who were travelling in Blackburn's Main Street at around 9.15pm on Friday, June 20 to contact them.

The attempted robbery at the Murco garage was carried out by a man described as white and of medium build.

He was wearing:
  • Dark blue or black shiny shell or waterproof style hooded top
  • Dark blue tracksuit trousers with single white piping down the outside of each leg
  • White logo on upper left thigh of trouser leg 
  • White trainers 
  • Llight blue surgical disposable gloves 
  • Black tammy style hat
  • Black snood or scarf covering the lower part of his of face.
Detective Inspector Dave Pinkney, who is leading the investigation, said: "The man is believed to have parked a silver car, an Astra or similar, on the nearside verge of West Main Street/A705, on the westbound carriageway between the Murco garage and Mosshall Caravan Park.

"This may have caused cyclists or motorists to move round it, and it is possible that anyone who was using a 'dashcam' or 'action camera' on a bike or motorbike has recorded it.

"The use of such devices is becoming more common, and I would appeal to those drivers or cyclists who passed down this road in either direction around 9.15pm and who have dashboard or handlebar cameras fitted to their vehicle or bike, to contact us so that any footage can be viewed.

"This was a violent act, and while his victim was not seriously injured, it is vital that we trace this man and bring him to justice. Police Scotland can be contacted on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Whiplash Scam Smash Caught on Camera

A Truck in-cab camera has captured the moment that a Ford Galaxy swerved extremely violently across a motorway and smashed into a lorry. Amazingly, the occupants of the Galaxy blamed the lorry driver for the crash, even though they had driven right into his path across three lanes of the M25, they made four whiplash claims, leaving the haulier with a potential claim of up to £75,000.

However, thanks to the clear video footage, seen below, the potential insurance nightmare was avoided with the dispute dismissed within days as the Ford Galaxy can be seen clearly driving at speed past the lorry which is travelling in the slow lane of the motorway at 55mph – well within the 70mph speed limit. The driver reacts very slowly when other vehicles brake ahead of it, swerving violently across all three lanes and into an unavoidable collision.

Around 550,000 whiplash claims are made every year in the UK, but insurance experts estimate that up to 60% of these claims are bogus. These figures make the ‘cash for crash’ scam a £1billion-a-year fraud, with the UK now the ‘whiplash capital of the world’. What this means for the average car driver is that there is an additional £90 added to their insurance policy. Interestingly according to the AA, there have been 60% more personal injury claims since 2006, despite the fact that there has been a 20% drop in accidents over the same period.

The problem is that drivers can often feel like they are on shaky ground when they go into the back of another vehicle, particularly if there are no reliable witnesses to explain what happened. The blame is nearly always attached to the driver who hits the vehicle from the rear. Luckily for this driver the dash cam acted as the "reliable witness" and showed that the lorry driver was blameless

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Source: Dashcamowners

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

How very stupid…..not to have a decent camera mounted in the car!

Police have arrested Jack Cottle age 21 on suspicion of false imprisonment after car is filmed driving  onto Brands Hatch circuit during the middle of a race.

Jack had his friends in the car at the time (one of which filmed the events) Jack thought that it was a good prank but it meant that the VW race that was taking place at the time had to be stopped

Many social media sites have Jack's actions as reckless but Jack has a different view and is still defending his actions saying " I live every day like its my last"

We think that's all very well Jack but

1. It was your girlfriends car (not yours to be reckless with) 
2. Should have listened to your girlfriend who was petrified and screaming at you to stop
3. Its all very well saying you live every day like its your last but you had others with you
4. Get a decent in car camera - 

Here is footage from brands hatch, with some surprised commentators!:

Here is the video for those that haven't already seen it!

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Source: Daily Mail