Ok, this is going to have to be one of my projects in the future.
Just wanted to add that whatever you do install, make sure you have a monitor in the car somewhere that can display the video being recorded. My wife's car was hit when someone threw something from their car. It hit her windshield, penetrating it. This happened on the interstate at 70+ MPH. Glass and wind tore through the car, and into her face. She was not hurt, but barely brought the car to a stop without crashing.
I never installed a monitor in her car, so we couldn't review the video until I got the SD card home. Unfortunately, a week earlier, I had replaced her RV mirror with an electrochromatic/Homelink mirror - and had to move the camera to the new post. Apparently, I did not push the power cable completely back onto the camera - and it never recorded anything. I didn't verify (DOH!), and a week later this happens (see below). I've circled the camera.
The picture below shows what each component looks like. Keep in mind that this was the initial install that required an external GPS receiver. I replaced it with an all in one box - the company put all of it in the same box as is shown for the "over lay" picture.
Lastly, given the rather aggressive verbal exchange Brett Darrow had with a rabid policeman, I thought it might be prudent to record audio as well - just in case. So I also installed a high-gain microphone (concealed) that records all conversations inside and within 10' of the car (when the window is open).
I was just contacted by the GPS/overlay box manufacturer in England. They have taken the custom software and box design that they built for me, and made it a standard item on their web page. It's considerably cheaper than what I paid for it - go figure. In fact, if you look at the page promoting the box, you may find the picture (half way down the page) oddly similar to the one on the first page of this thread:
I just installed my second car-camera yesterday, but now I'm thinking about adding more - and making them ALL hidden. If that kid hadn't claimed that he was uploading all the videos to a secure source (who knows if that was true or not), I'd bet that that cop would destroy everything in that car to get rid of the evidence. I would rather record everything in secret.. or does anyone have any good/easy methods of automaticly streaming videos to internet storage? (I have sprint broadband)
No doubt this Sgt. Foaming Mouth makes cops look bad - and it's no my intent to paint them all with the same brush. What I do find particularly disturbing is how so many officer defend the guy with comments like "Yea, he went a little over the top, but he shouldn't get fired. It was the A$$hat kid who started it..."
That's what makes me more made than the actual incident. Bad apples and the rest don't throw them out.
BTW, you're right about the camera saving his tail. There are plenty of stories where officers crossed the line and in desperation killed the 'suspect', planting evidence to make the killing justified. Again, most cops are ok, professional, and human. But this officer should be arrested.
I forget exactly how I came across this thread about 2 1/2 weeks ago but I started browsing through it and was intrigued by the idea. As luck would have it about a week and a half ago I was involved in an accident in which an officer "witnessed" the accident. Had I had one of these installed it would have paid for itself 100 times over. I can guarantee that the replacement car will have one of these installed.
Never, ever trust the police.
Watching the video of the unit that the company is now offering for the built in GPS overlay it makes me wonder if the stand alone unit you were using is actually better? Having only used the dash based GPS units (TOMTOM) I was wondering exactly where you placed the GPS to receive the signal?
I'm using the version that has the overlay box with an external (magnetic mount) antenna. I've kept the antenna inside the vehicle, on the back dashboard. Have yet to lose signal.
Thanks for posting your installation description.
The eBay DVR is gone; could you post the make/model that you use, please?
Wow. This is a very nice setup erkme73. I'm impressed so much that I think I should have such a setup also.
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