In recent years there has been a massive surge in ‘crash for cash’ scams, where criminals target innocent and unsuspecting motorists with the intention of staging crashes in order to make claims against them.
Scammers target motorists to become the ‘at fault’ driver. The fraudster’s car will pull in front of the victim and slam on their brakes. This forces the driver to shunt the scammer and inevitably create an induced accident. Fraudsters often disable brake lights on their vehicles to give the unsuspecting victim no chance of stopping in time.
Research done by the Insurance Fraud Bureau show these induced accidents could be costing the insurance industry £392m a year. By exaggerating claims for personal injury, vehicle damage and car hire, claims made by scammers have been reported to cost as much as £30,000.
Statistics show the possibility of being involved in ‘crash for cash’ accidents is rising. It is thought that 1-in-7 personal injury claims are linked to staged accidents where liability is disputed. Recently, Birmingham, Bolton and Manchester were highlighted as hotspot areas for this growing crime.
The answer to this escalating problem for many motorists are dashboard camera recorders. Thanks to cheaper technology with better features, front facing cameras have skyrocketed in popularity as businesses and individuals have realised how important it is to protect themselves against fraudulent claims. Dashboard cameras can provide evidence against any front-facing accident and help prove a drivers innocence. The technology is also effective against dangerous drivers or road rage incidents.
Using dashboard cameras offers a solution to a growing criminal activity which if ignored could cost innocent drivers thousands. These devices are now being recognised by more insurance providers as a tool to prevent these crimes, and some now offer reduced insurance premiums for using dashboard cameras as part of a policy.
The Vision Techniques CrashCAM dashboard cameras come with HD quality footage as standard, and have simple ‘plug and go’ systems for ease of use. Using GPS and G-sensor technology, the devices can record incidents along with data such as the time, date and location for incident reporting.
As a leading supplier of vehicle safety equipment, Vision Techniques are experienced in supplying safety solutions for their vehicles. That’s why when developing their CrashCAM product range, they have concentrated on affordable quality equipment with no subscription fees, alongside full support and warranties as standard. Customers are able to use the www.crashcam.co.uk website for installation guides and helpful video tuition, or can call our head office for phone support and guidance.
Managing director Michael Hanson believes every vehicle should have a dashboard camera for the safety of both commercial and domestic drivers. He added “The growth in these illegal scams needs to be addressed by the transport and insurance industry before policies soar from fraudulent liability claims. Technology like our CrashCAM range is designed to stop that from happening.”
Vision Techniques are currently offering their CrashCAM range of dashboard cameras at a reduced price to celebrate 25 years of service. If you’d like to see their range of cameras you can visit their website at www.crashcam.co.uk or call them on 08453 22 44 33.