Vehicle protection system and method

  • US 5,430,431 A
  • Filed: 01/19/1994
  • Issued: 07/04/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/19/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicle protection system for a vehicle having at least one passenger door providing entry to an interior of the vehicle and an ignition which is turned on during use of the vehicle, the system comprising:

  • means for detecting the turning on of the ignition for producing a first signal;

    means for sensing opening and closing of the at least one passenger door and for producing a second signal for the duration of an interval when the at least one passenger door is open;

    an energizable video camera mountable in the interior of the vehicle for focussing on passengers entering the vehicle through the at least one passenger door;

    an energizable and controllable video tape recorder connected to the camera for recording images of entering passengers;

    control means receptive of the first and second signals for energizing the camera and the recorder when the ignition is turned on and for controlling the recorder to record when a source of electricity is actuated and the at least one passenger door is open.

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