Have you ever watched the news and thought to yourself “how lucky are they to have caught that on their dash cam?”
Surveillance has become a vital need for the modern era; today any vehicle can be monitored with dashboard and fleet cameras, with footage resting a few clicks away.
Your business’s fleet is a major investment. Not only are the vehicles themselves valuable, but the people and possessions inside of it are too. Safeguarding these precious assets should therefore be a top priority.
Recently, the South African Police Service (SAPS) released statistics that show a vehicle is hijacked almost every 25 minutes in South Africa. Over 5000 hijackings took place in the country’s main metros between January and March 2022, according to crime statistics for Q4 2021/2022.
What’s more, South Africa is frequently ranked as one of the worst countries to drive in, with the most recent research coming from Zutobi who awarded the country a safety driving score of just 3.41/10.
Statistics like these can make business owners feel vulnerable— you never know when misfortune strikes. Therefore, one must always be prepared. And you can do this by investing in fleet management with on-board surveillance.
An in-vehicle surveillance system consists three main types of cameras which suit different situations:
Front-view dash cams capture everything in front of the vehicle, including traffic the driver is following.
Cabin-view cameras provide a bird’s eye view of what’s happened inside a vehicle.
Side-view cameras provide more information about the area surrounding the vehicle.
Rear-view cameras provides visibility of the area behind the vehicle.
When these cameras are combined, they give a full 360 degree view of what is happening around the vehicle.
Dash cams are an effective tool for theft prevention. They carefully record every detail that takes place both on the road and inside the vehicle, gathering footage of any suspicious activity. The fleet management system can provide authorities with the information that help them recover your vehicle.
It is common for road accident victims to make dishonest claims. Thankfully, dash cams can help you avoid these, along with legal costs and the possibility of being sued. With video surveillance keeping a record of everything that happened during an accident, you have evidence to prove who was at fault.
When running errands, drivers often find themselves stressed with limited time to get everything done. As such, the rush to meet deadlines can result in reckless and negligent driving. It is more likely that drivers will be on their best behaviour when they know they are being recorded by in-cabin cameras. The result is that drivers will fully concentrate and focus, meaning your vehicles are being well taken care of.
Final thoughts on asset fleet management
We’re sure you don’t like the thought of something bad happening to your fleet. However, to ensure that it doesn’t happen, you need to take the proper steps in protecting our company vehicles and drivers. With a fleet management system, you’ll feel less stressed when your drivers are out on the road. If you feel that you can benefit from Nashua’s fleet management service, consult with us today to find a solution that is right for you.