An increasing number of people are using their phones or other video recording devices to capture interactions with police, crimes in progress and automobile accidents. These videos are sometimes used to identify suspects or presented as evidence in court. If you find yourself in a situation where a video recording could be useful, note that each jurisdiction has its individual laws about recording others without their knowledge.
The rise of home security cameras has made it easier for law enforcement to catch thieves and vandals. Police recommend placing at least one camera in plain sight but in a hard-to-reach spot so it can’t be damaged. This can help deter would-be criminals from targeting your home.
Police departments have used dashboard cameras in their vehicles for years, but the technology is becoming popular with civilians, too. In case of a disputed auto accident, dashcam recordings may be used as evidence. If you have one or are thinking of getting one, make sure it doesn’t obstruct your view when driving.
Police Body Cams
After several controversial incidents in recent years, calls for police to wear body cams increased. In response, the Justice Department announced last year that it was awarding more than $20 million to departments around the United States to implement the technology. But some say police body cameras don’t always tell the whole story.
Facebook Live and Periscope have brought livestreaming video to the mainstream. Congressional Democrats used the technology to record their protest last summer when the C-SPAN cameras were turned off. And several high-profile police stops became known to the public thanks to live video feeds.