Leveraging Dashcams:
A Powerful Tool for Corporate and Legal Investigations

In the digital age, evidence collection has evolved significantly, providing investigators with an array of innovative tools to uncover the truth. One such tool that has gained popularity in both corporate and legal investigations, is the dashcam. Originally designed for vehicle safety, dashcams have now become invaluable assets in capturing crucial evidence that can make or break a case. In this article, we examine the role of dashcams, exploring their benefits and practical applications.

The Rise of Dashcams in Investigations

Dashcams, once primarily used by law enforcement, taxi drivers, and commercial fleets, have found their way into corporate and legal settings due to their reliability and accessibility. These compact devices, equipped with high-definition cameras, night vision, and advanced recording capabilities, offer a firsthand perspective of events, providing irrefutable evidence that can strengthen investigative efforts.

Many investigators today use dashcams during surveillance. In Canada and in many other countries, using video camera or a cellphone to capture the subject’s activity while driving is illegal and could incur high fines, loss of a driver’s licence, or worse, such evidence could be thrown out of court because it was obtained while breaking the law. Dashcams allow surveillance agents to capture the subject’s activities without looking suspicious or risking safety on the road. Capturing speeding or reckless drivers becomes an easy task when the dashcam is in use. In other cases, simply doing a drive-by or a u-turn will capture parked vehicle plates, house numbers, ongoing construction, and any outside activity on the part of the subject without attracting attention or stopping the vehicle.

The video recording in a dashcam captures 4K quality video, date and time, crisp audio, GPS coordinates, speed, pre-incident and incident footage, and has a wide viewing angle, sometimes as wide as 170 degrees of field view. It has a large storage capacity of up to 512GB, loop recording, 24-hour parking mode, motion activation, and built-in WiFi, allowing uploading images directly to your cellphone almost in real-time. Combining front, back, and internal video cameras together may provide a complete package of evidence for any type of investigation or incident reporting.

MADPI - car accident investigations
MADPI - car accident investigations

Benefits of Dashcams in Corporate Investigations

In the corporate world, where disputes and misconduct can arise unexpectedly, dashcam video may serve as a silent witness, capturing incidents with precision and clarity. From workplace accidents and employee misconduct to disputes with clients or during union strikes, dashcam footage provides objective evidence, facilitating thorough investigations and minimizing ambiguity.

Accident Reconstruction

Dashcams play a crucial role in reconstructing workplace accidents, offering a detailed account of events leading up to the incident. By analyzing the footage, investigators can determine the sequence of actions, identify contributing factors, and ascertain liability, helping organizations improve safety protocols and mitigate risks.

Conduct Monitoring

With dashcams installed in company vehicles or strategic locations within the workplace, employers can monitor employee behavior and ensure compliance with company policies. From reckless driving to unauthorized access, dashcam footage acts as a deterrent against misconduct while enabling proactive intervention when necessary.

False Claims Protection

In an era where litigation is commonplace, businesses face the constant threat of frivolous lawsuits and false claims. Dashcams provide a defense mechanism against such allegations, offering objective evidence to refute false accusations and safeguard the reputation and assets of the organization.

Case Study

Our client, an executive of a large financial institution, alleged that his vehicle was being targeted by one of the employees. It was spray painted, soiled with dirt, and scratched on several occasions. We installed hidden dashcams with parking mode enabled and within a week we captured the perpetrator pouring a can of clamato juice on our client’s vehicle. After that, we interviewed the employee and after full confession, he quietly resigned (as per the wishes of our client and the corporate legal team).

Case Study

Our client, an executive of a large financial institution, alleged that his vehicle was being targeted by one of the employees. It was spray painted, soiled with dirt, and scratched on several occasions. We installed hidden dashcams with parking mode enabled and within a week we captured the perpetrator pouring a can of clamato juice on our client’s vehicle. After that, we interviewed the employee and after full confession, he quietly resigned (as per the wishes of our client and the corporate legal team).

Utilizing Dashcams in Legal Proceedings

In the realm of legal investigations and litigation, dashcam footage holds immense value as corroborative evidence, shedding light on critical events and enhancing the credibility of testimonies.

Accident Liability

In personal injury cases and motor vehicle accidents, dashcam footage provides an unbiased account of the incident, helping determine fault and liability. By presenting clear visual evidence in court, attorneys can sway the outcome of the case in their client’s favor, ensuring justice is served.

Witness Testimony

Dashcams capture real-time footage of accidents, altercations, and other incidents, serving as reliable witnesses in legal proceedings. Unlike human witnesses whose recollections may be subjective or flawed, dashcam recordings offer an impartial perspective, strengthening the validity of witness testimonies.

Legal Interactions

For legal professionals conducting surveillance or serving legal documents, dashcams offer an additional layer of documentation and security. By recording interactions with subjects or serving parties, attorneys can ensure transparency and accountability while safeguarding their interests.

Case Study

A few months ago, one of our employees, captured a video of a police officer shooting a suspect of a vehicle hijacking. The video was taken from less than 100 feet directly across from the incident and provided an unparalleled view of events. It is now being used by the internal police investigation unit, the prosecutor, and the defense team, as evidence. It will most likely colour the course of the court proceedings, administering of mitigating circumstances, conviction, or even the likelihood of a settlement, as well.

Case Study

A few months ago, one of our employees, captured a video of a police officer shooting a suspect of a vehicle hijacking. The video was taken from less than 100 feet directly across from the incident and provided an unparalleled view of events. It is now being used by the internal police investigation unit, the prosecutor, and the defense team, as evidence. It will most likely colour the course of the court proceedings, administering of mitigating circumstances, conviction, or even the likelihood of a settlement, as well.

Conclusion

In the age of advanced AI and easily fabricated allegations, irrefutable evidence is the only counter solution, dashcams have emerged as indispensable tools for use in corporate and legal investigations alike. From accident reconstruction and employee monitoring to litigation support and witness testimony, the applications of dashcam technology are diverse and far-reaching. By leveraging dashcams effectively, organizations, legal professionals, and private investigators can enhance their investigative capabilities, streamline processes, and achieve favorable outcomes in their endeavors.