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Little-known dash cam feature could save you hundreds of pounds 

Dash cams are becoming increasingly popular, and many of them have a particularly useful feature called ‘parking mode’ that many people don’t seem to know about.

It could record crucial evidence if someone hits your vehicle while it’s parked, protect you against theft and save you a lot money if you have to make a claim with your insurer.

According to a report in The Sun, “Motorists can now buy dash cams that offer a parking mode to help capture theft from a vehicle, vandalism and car park collisions when the engine isn’t running.The cameras will switch to parking mode after your vehicle has been stationary for a short time.

“Using a series of motion sensors, it will then begin to record footage if it detects a collision or a thief trying to break into your car.Some models even include motion sensors that will start filming if they detect any activity in your camera's field of vision.”

Heather Yates, an in-car technology expert at Halfords, added: “If someone tries to pinch something from your vehicle or it gets dinged in a supermarket car park, then the parking mode on a dash cam can act as an independent witness.

“They offer drivers greater peace of mind and protection for when they are not there, and having them placed prominently on a car windscreen can even discourage bad behaviour by making people more accountable for their actions.”