More LA Drivers Considering Installing Dash Cams In Cars

As more crimes are caught on dash cams, many drivers are considering getting one for their own cars.

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JASMINE VIEL: From the serious to the minor fender bender--

- Oh, [BLEEP].

JASMINE VIEL: --dash cams have proven very useful in providing that critical evidence of what happened. In another example, this suspect was easily arrested after he was caught on a dash cam robbing a grandfather in South El Monte earlier this month. Reports show more and more drivers are considering installing them in their car.

Do you want to get one?

- Yes, I do.

JASMINE VIEL: A new report by researchandmarkets.com shows the global market for dash cameras was more than $2 billion last year and is expected to reach almost 3 billion this year.

DAVID GERARD: This is what is pointing out through the windshield. And this is what you see inside the cam.

JASMINE VIEL: David Gerard, who owns Gerard & Peterson, Incorporated, a tow truck company in Burbank, says his new insurance company is now mandating transportation companies like his to install dash cams.

DAVID GERARD: I welcome it. I welcome it. It's a well-needed instrument. It protects us if there is a problem. It helps us either clarify what happened or to deny that it happened.

JASMINE VIEL: For drivers, there is currently no dash cam insurance discount right now in the US. But insurance companies I spoke to say having a dash cam can definitely help protect you in the insurance claims process.

- It's good. It records everything.

JASMINE VIEL: This Tesla owner actually bought the car yesterday, already equipped with cameras ready to go. Most of these cameras are available from about 100 bucks-- that's the quality of the video you're looking at now-- to $500. Gerard says he is definitely going to install a dash cam in his personal vehicles as well.

DAVID GERARD: I am going to put one in my wife's car and my car-- $120. So why wouldn't you?

JASMINE VIEL: In Pasadena, Jasmine Viel, KCAL 9 News.

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