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Security and Dash cam

Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by JBTRD, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Mar 13, 2019 at 5:25 PM
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    JBTRD

    JBTRD [OP] As usual, saying something stupid

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    As the title says, Im looking into beefing up security on my Runner. I will be moving at the end of the year to either Tallahassee FL, Norman OK, or San Antonio TX. Oklahoma Im not worried about, but Tallahasee sees 1300 car thefts a year and SA Texas has a fair amount. So Im looking to add beefed up security, If anyone has upgraded theirs or runs a recovery service like LoJack what are your experiences and what do upgraded sytems offer. On the dashcams, my old man had a hit and run recently and made me think it may be a good idea to have one since I commute a lot especially in the spring, plus to capture some cool recordings while chasing storms.
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2019 at 10:54 AM
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    JBTRD [OP] As usual, saying something stupid

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    I keep a lot tools and other steal worthy things in my truck, but I have 5% tint and the cargo cover so it is impossible to see in my truck. However, my truck itself stands out with lift bumpers and more being added in the future, Im concerned they just would want to take the truck as a whole.
     
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  4. Feb 12, 2021 at 5:27 AM
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    newlife Not all who wander are ...... squirrel

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    Reviving this thread as I had my first ever incident two nights ago. Looking at various models for front and rear so far I’ve narrowed it down to:

    thinkware u1000
    Blackvue 650s
    Viofo a119 duo
    And two garmins

    pretty much in that order. If you have any experience with these models or brands please let me know. I’m looking at ordering something in the next 24/48 hours.
     
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  5. Feb 12, 2021 at 5:49 AM
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    canadian.bacon

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    if its that bad, your insurance will go up
    id also install a kill switch
    the cameras will get stolen too
    you need a camera with parking mode and buy the wiring harness from them - hide the wires nicely
    get tinted windows, as dark as you can, i run 20% front, 20% over factory tint back and 5% over factory tint rear
    never leave any change in the car - they broke into one of my vehicles, took $1 in change and left $300 raybans on the seat
    for some reason, not sold on the garmins, the others are ok, i have a viofio and it has been good in canadian winters -25C to +35C
    get capacitors, not battery
    wifi is a plus as cops usually will look at the footage on the spot, but not later in court (in case of an accident)
    camera will not stop theft or accidents, it will just make it easier to deal with your insurance
     
  6. Feb 12, 2021 at 10:11 AM
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    Put one or two kill switches in, that way at least it won't be stolen. As others have said, either no valuables in vehicle or have them hidden. Buy house with garage and keep vehicle in it when at home.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2021 at 10:18 AM
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    I’m upgrading my dash cam to this, it’s on sale too.


    Kingslim D4 4K Dual Dash Cam with Built-in Wi-Fi GPS, Front 4K/2.5K Rear 1080P Dual Dash Camera for Cars , 3" IPS Touchscreen 170° FOV Dashboard Camera with Sony Starvis Sensor, Support 256GB Max https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DNLHGWR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_SGB2RHH0PK1HTRD6WHYY
     
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  8. Feb 12, 2021 at 2:22 PM
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    thanks for that. I went to Best Buy and they didn’t have the u1000 they had the fa200 in stock but I didn’t get it yet. I wanted to check the user friendliness of it before I picked it. It was on sale for 119.99 which I thought was a good deal since it’s like 250 on black box my car for both cameras
     
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  9. Feb 12, 2021 at 5:49 PM
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    newlife Not all who wander are ...... squirrel

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    Thanks. I ended up going back and grabbing that fa200. It was cheap enough I wouldn’t really care and the reviews seem to be really good for an entry level camera. I’m not looking for stunning hd quality lol. I just want something that if there’s an accident it’s logged, if there’s another situation like the other night I can show the police the car or my side of the story vs also wasting time trying to get to my phone in an already stressful situation. Install was stupid simple. I had it done in about 20 minutes for the front camera and another 30 for the rear camera. (Researching these really shows you how exactly to do what you want ) for the rear I popped a plastic clip out of the headliner snd put an m8 bolt in that hole with a small piece of angle I had laying around
     
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    I had a horrible time with the fa200. I ended up returning it because the app wouldn’t recognize that my phone and dash cam were connected. Whole purpose was to use it via WiFi and couldn’t get it done so it was returned.
     
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    Well let’s hope that’s not the case because it’s on the windshield and my entire windshield is tinted lol.
     
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  14. Mar 29, 2021 at 3:53 PM
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    Any feedback on this?
    Was looking into this one too.
     
  15. Mar 29, 2021 at 3:58 PM
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    I ended up returning it right after installing it. It was great while it was on, but when you powered off the vehicle it would stay stuck in a power on/off cycle until the battery died (dashcams battery). I ended up going with this: Grdian Nova 4K Dual-Channel Front and Rear WiFi Dash Cam with Parking Mode, Loop Recording, Motion Detection, GPS https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BFDR65G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_9W4X5EZ5TCAAZKYNXBXY
     
  16. Mar 29, 2021 at 5:36 PM
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    Nice that one looks promising too.
    Where did you mount the rear camera?
     
  17. Mar 29, 2021 at 7:14 PM
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    Yeah, so far no issues. The sensor and optical is great, gives good night time footage. For now I just used the supplied 3M tape and stuck it to the rear hatch. I plan on making a small bracket and bolting it to the roof on the inside so it gets a better angle.
     
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    Awesome thank you I appreciate it!
     
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