Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker (Ward County Notary Services)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No... the only camera I own is the one in my phone and most of the time I forget I have a camera in my phone. My car always stands in my garage when I'm not using it. My neighborhood does not allow for cars to stand on the street night after night in front of the houses. If you don't garage your car, it has to be in the home's driveway, which is in the back of my house in any event.

Many years ago when I travelled up and down Rte 80 and the Jersey Turnpike between NYC and my jobs, I had a fuzz buster on my dashboard. Then I had a GPS system on the dashboard. Now I don't have either of those anymore. My car's GPS system warns me of radar, as well as provides directions, when my phone is connected. In other words, my dashboard is clean with no distractions.

Apr 20, 2022 10:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- I don't have one. I have the Ring doorbell which I  love and a camera for the back of the house as well. 

Apr 20, 2022 10:39 AM
Rosemary Rizzitello
Bloomfield, NJ

I do not have a dash camera and I would like to purchase one. So many dash cameras on the market that I know nothing about. Suggestions are always welcomed. 

Apr 20, 2022 09:45 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Nay, but my vehicle tracks the mph and miles driven. Gotta find a way to turn that stuff off Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Apr 20, 2022 12:35 PM
Mayra Espinosa Realtor San Mateo Pacifica Homes
Mayra Espinosa Broker- Realtor | Call 650-996-8961 - Pacifica, CA
San Mateo County Real Estate | Buy | Sell | Invest

Hey Bob,

I do not have a dashboard camera at this point, but I am seriously considering getting one. There are a few reasons why I am thinking about getting one to:

1. Insurance discounts. Some insurance companies offer discounts for drivers who have dashboard cameras installed in their vehicles.

2. Recording scenic drives/road trips. A dashboard camera can be a great way to capture the beauty of your surroundings while driving, without having to worry about taking your hands off the wheel or stopping to take pictures/videos.


Great topic!

Apr 20, 2022 12:17 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

don't have one and not really looking to purchase one.  I have been accident free for a while and I am looking to keep it that way for a while.  

Apr 20, 2022 11:12 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You would think with all these camera gadgets crime would be reduced

Apr 20, 2022 10:43 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Don't have one.

Apr 20, 2022 09:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No, I don't have one.

Apr 20, 2022 11:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I also have a Ring doorbell Kathy Streib and have been disappointed in many aspects of it BUT I still like having it.

Apr 20, 2022 10:48 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

You are not going to believe this answer, but here goes.  I have one, my husband has one, I gave one as a gift to my daughter and to my son.  To the best of my knowledge NONE OF US have installed as of yet.  Seriously ... that's not a good thing.  Thank you for the reminder.  I think I'll ask my husband to get them installed.  Embarrassed 🤒

Apr 20, 2022 05:14 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

We have on one Liz's SUV (front and back system), but not on mine.
I've not had to pull video from the card, but based on the screen I'd say good quality.

Could have used on on the Miata years ago when the semi sideswiped me and can openered the side and kept on going.  I got the rig plates, the trucking company denied doing it...or insinuated maybe I drove into them when they found matching blue paint on their tire lugs. (I was at a dead stop on an interstate merge lane when the trucker merged into me). Without a lawyer, there was no making them responsible.  But every time I see a Barr-Nunn trucker go by (and it's often), I want to let loose with a few choice words for that company.

Apr 20, 2022 03:29 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not have a dashboard camera. Clearly, there are many good reasons to have one.  I think it may distract me.  

UPDATE:  As for the Ring cameras.  I have three.  One at my front door. 

One at my garage door.  And one on my patio.  I absolutely love them.

UPS and Fed-Ex send delivery notices via email. I get up to go get the package and it is not there.  I check my camera(s).

My front camera shows the delivery. You see him set the package down.  The guy comes back and picks it up and walks off with it - seen on both the front camera and the patio camera. 

Yes, I filed a claim.  When the claims person knocked on my door. I pulled up the video showing the delivery and showing he returned and walked off with it. It happened to be a $390 item.

Apr 20, 2022 02:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. I do not have one. This would be a good blog topic if someone has recommendations.

Apr 20, 2022 11:57 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

No I don't have one, but have thought about getting one.

Apr 20, 2022 06:49 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  They can be seized as evidence and used against you.

Apr 20, 2022 05:35 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

No we don't have one on either vehicle.  We do appreciate our updated security system including ring and the bells and whistles.  It's great.

Apr 20, 2022 04:12 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not yet, but it's been on my list of things to get. I've been researching them. There seems to be many good quality ones on the market these days. A friend of mine drives an 18 wheeler for a living and most trucking companies use them. He gets some good quality videos while he's on the road. Another friend rides a motorcycle and has a helmet cam, and he gets good quality videos from that.Good dash cam is DJI Osmo Action camera and good helmet cam is:

Apr 20, 2022 02:17 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

No dash cam at this point. I have thought about it but have not done research to make a relevant decision.

Apr 21, 2022 07:31 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Yes, I do but mine came with the vehicle and is built-in.  I think there are 12 cameras in total and they are always recording.  The footage is saved on a flash drive that I have plugged in.

Apr 21, 2022 06:08 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

I don't have one, don't have ring either.

Apr 21, 2022 05:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I have not succumbed to the video everything age yet. Who knows, maybe someday.

Apr 21, 2022 04:21 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

There are some pretty crazy dashcam videos out.  Here's a crazy one!

Apr 21, 2022 06:37 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I don't have one and don't have a ring doorbell either... 

Apr 21, 2022 04:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I don't have one, and probably won't invest in one either.

Apr 21, 2022 07:10 AM
Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Florida Realty Investments - Sarasota, FL
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I most certainly do and a rear camera too. Two plus years, never have needed it, but just when you think you don't....

Apr 21, 2022 11:58 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

No, it would distract me too much while driving Bob, though it could catch some interesting things!

Apr 21, 2022 10:40 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Would love to buy one but looking for recommendations for a good one. I've always wanted one for showing neighborhoods.

Apr 22, 2022 09:59 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not yet, however I am looking into getting one soon that not only records what it in front but also covers the back of the vehicle.

Apr 21, 2022 09:29 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

No, never saw the use or had the need.

Apr 21, 2022 11:22 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I do not. It would be good for evidence though. Like a few months ago when a tire flew off a trailer that was hitched to a truck. It did over $11k in damage to my car. Or a few years ago when I survived an attack of flying sofa and cushions while driving down the interstate. Maybe we need vest with cameras to capture some of the funny things we see while showing homes.

Apr 21, 2022 10:56 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I've never seen the need for one.  Then again, we don't have Ring doorbells or surveillance cameras either, doubt we ever will. Most of Canada sees no need for these. Our door hasn't ever been locked and most of our showings state door will be open!  

Have you noticed that with the preponderance of cameras all over the US, the actual recording of UFOs and intergalactic aliens has decreased? ;)

Apr 21, 2022 10:38 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No, don't feel the need.

Apr 24, 2022 11:35 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Tesla has many cameras so that's the way to go.

Apr 22, 2022 10:06 PM