With the increasing problem of insurance scams like “cash for crash” and the newer “flash for crash” many motorists in the UK are catching on to the advantages of having a dash-cam. The trend, which started with cyclists’ helmet-cams, has been used to “name and shame” inconsiderate drivers.
In fact, it is not unknown for the police to use this sort of footage to help find and prosecute offenders who break the law on the road.
In a recent article by the Independent the RAC has revealed that almost half of drivers wanted a dash-cam:
“Although the number of drivers with dash-cams is only about 3 per cent in the UK, new research from the RAC shows that four in 10 owners are considering buying one. Almost 60 per cent of drivers said they wanted the gadget to have a visual record of what happened during an accident. The RAC, which is launching its own dash-cam, said that one in five who already owns the gadget said they had bought it to guard against 'crash for cash' scams.
Dash-cams are popular in Poland, Japan and the US but have yet to catch on in the UK. They are ubiquitous in Russia with drivers using them to guard against police corruption and insurance fraud.”
This technology could significantly reduce insurance scams and save everyone money In the long run.