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How to turn your phone into a body cam

Incredible advances in technology over the past couple of decades have affected every single one of us in very dramatic ways. That includes victims of crime.

It also affects the police officers who put their lives at risk to protect ours. Of course, you've heard the headline-making stories about police altercations, and sometimes deadly clashes with criminals and innocent victims.

We know about these incidents in large part because of video cameras. Thousands of police officers now have dash cams that record them from their car's dashboard. Many police officers also have body cams that they have clipped onto their uniforms.

Just imagine how this technology would help your family and you. What if you're a victim of a crime and have to prove you acted in self-defense? Think how much more effective a video of the incident would be than you telling a police officer what happened.

What if your neighbor has been threatening you? Next time it happens, record them as they're doing it. Or, what if someone is stealing your Amazon packages? Record them. It's proof positive.

I know what you're thinking. "That sounds expensive!"

That's a good point. Body cams are a big business. In fact, the company Taser, which is best known for self-defense, handheld electric chargers called Tasers, switched its name to Axon. Why? The company also makes body cams called Axon, which account for a surging percentage of the company's revenue.

On average, a professional body cam can set you back about $399. You can buy one right now from Axon and other companies. But don't spend that much money!

Keep reading to learn more about relatively low-cost ways to turn your smartphone into a body cam.

Bonus: Kim Komando's dash cam is an affordable option to record your driving! Whether it’s proof of your innocence in an accident or traffic stop, or just a record of something you witnessed, you can have it all recorded. Video is automatically time- and date-stamped for validity. Set it to record in high-quality video all that you see and hear and help protect against fraudulent claims! Click here to buy your Komando Dash cam today!

A body cam for less than $3

Do not spend hundreds of dollars on a body cam, if you don't need to. Sure, if you're a police officer or security guard, you'll need the highest-quality (and most likely, highest cost) body cam that money can buy.

But if you would use it only from time to time, your smartphone is a better option. It can become your body cam. It's easy, inexpensive and, most important, effective.

The Video Armor app, for both Android and iPhone, is a $2.99 app that turns your phone into a body cam that records while you're focused on other things.

Plus, GPS keeps tabs on where you are. You can also type in notes, like a police officer's name or people involved. Although, do that when it's safe to do so.

Bonus: Check out this "Kim Komando Show" YouTube video to learn more about Video Armor.

Another body cam app

Although the Video Armor app is probably the most reputable body cam app available, it's not the only one. Another app to think about is BodyCam by Two Brothers.

It's a $2.99 app for Android. It's simple to use. It's an app that starts recording with one touch, rather than opening up your phone, turning on your camera and switching to video recorder.

Discrete body cam

If you don't mind spending some money, maybe $30, you can find small body cameras that work with your smartphone. For example, FREDI is a tiny camera that's about the size of your thumb. It works with a pin-hole size camera and clips onto your clothes.

You use FREDI with a smartphone app. When you're covertly recording what's going on around you, FREDI is recording it to your smartphone. Find FREDI on Amazon for $29.99.

Now, that's a great way to prove your innocence or collect indisputable proof that you were a victim of a crime.

Note: If you don't want to use your smartphone as a body cam, another option is the Multi-Use Ballpoint Spy Pen from the Komando Shop! With a single click, this gadget can switch between a fully functional ballpoint pen to a hidden camera that captures remarkable video, takes detailed still images and records quality sound, completely undetected. Click here to and get order yours today!

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