Dash cams are great for while you are driving, right?
You can capture some awesome footage of the long drive, you can record a jerk driver, any road incident, and you’re protected in case you get into an accident and the other guy tries to shift the blame.
But all of this is done when you are driving.
Dash cam recording when car is off?
When your car is off, you aren’t in your car, and probably not even near it. What happens to your car when you are at work for 8 hours? Or when you are asleep at night? Or when you leave it in a mall parking lot when you are shopping on a busy holiday?
There’s a dash cam for that, too.
Most newer premium dash cams can be set up to record when your car is off, too, turning it into a surveillance system.
A customer once contacted me because she had a problem with people vandalizing her car at night. This is a real problem, and with a dash cam, you can get the faces of the perpetrators that you can take to the police.
How to install a dash cam that records when car is off?
Normally, a dash cam is powered through the cigarette adapter – but this adapter doesn’t work when the car is off.
So to solve that problem, there is a handy little kit available from BlackVue that lets you wire your dash cam directly into your car’s fuse box, letting it run directly off the battery, so the car doesn’t have to be on.
These power adapters also have a breaker built into them so your dash cam doesn’t discharge your battery to the point that your car won’t start!
When you’ve got your compatible dash camera wired into your battery directly, you can set up “Parking Mode”.
In Parking Mode, whenever your camera detects motion, it will start recording. So if someone comes up to your car, it’ll detect the motion and start capturing footage.
This mode is very handy for when your car is parked and someone crashes into a parked car.
A dash cam can even manage to capture the offending car’s license plate, so you are covered.
To operate a dash camera as a surveillance dash cam, you need the following devices:
A dash cam with a motion sensor to trigger auto recording.
A micro SD Card with a maximum capacity, maybe 128 or 256 Gb.
And most important, you need a battery power bank or a continuous power kit.
Best dash cameras for recording when car is parked
THINKWARE F770 2-Channel Dash Cam | Front and Rear
One of the best dashcam that records videos in Full HD quality at 30fps even at night.
This dashboard surveillance camera incorporates advanced safety technologies like the collision warning, lane departure, and camera alert warning system.
It also offers built-in wireless so you can control and check videos directly on your smartphone.
The parking mode feature uses the device’s inbuilt G sensors and Motion sensors to detect motion or vibration that further triggers the dash cam to record quick footages.
Thinkware F770 records a fast 30-second video when it detects motion and also secures it from being overwritten.
The dash cam pulls power from the cigarette lighter. If you require permanent recording when the car is parked, hardwiring it to the vehicle’s inbuilt battery could be a great option.
This dash camera also comes with a hardwiring kit if you need complete video recording at all the times.
The BlackVue DR650-GW is a solid dash cam made by one of the most reputed dash cam manufacturers in the world. It is easy to use and captures really high-quality video.
When coupled with BlackVue’s Power Magic Pro(the kit discussed above), it can function as a car security camera and will record motion even if your car is off. The DR650GW is a 2 channel camera which means you can record the front and back of your car.
Papago GoSafe 272
The GoSafe 272 is a compact and high quality dash camera made by another great dash cam manufacturer, Papago.
While Papago does not have their own power safety device, you can use Power Magic Pro with it in the same way to get it to run on CCTV mode.
If budget is an issue, the GoSafe 272 is much cheaper than the BlackVue DR650GW, but you’ll be giving up a second camera for the back of your car, as well as wifi and gps.
Dash cameras uses a small amount of current to operate, and you can use the car battery itself to power the dashcam.
If your car battery is old, it could discharge when using the dash cam for surveillance.
Hardware fuse kits are used to turn off the dash camera before the car battery drain out. As an alternative, you can buy a different dash cam hardwire fuse kit.
Spy Tec Dash Cam Hardwire Fuse Kit
The hardware fuse kit is perfect for parking mode and in fact, helps protect the car’s battery.
This dash cam hardware fuse kit can connect the camera directly to the fuse box for constant power from the vehicle’s battery for surveillance mode.