Crime rates in the Bay Area and throughout California are at an all time high and have spiked the past 2 years during the pandemic with a large portion of that caused by thieves doing smash and grabs.
In San Francisco alone, car break-ins have increased by 200% since 2020 with around 17,000 car break-ins reported in 2021 (nbcbayarea).
At the same time, less than 1% of these crimes get solved due to the lack of evidence and real-time data when the crime was committed.
Here is a chart from city police departments comparing car break-ins in various U.S. cities:
People have resorted to sticking paper notes on their window as a deterrent and even leaving their windows and trunks completely open to minimize damages and show thieves there’s nothing inside.
On average, San Francisco receives 74 smash-and-grab reports a day with costs to replace a single car window over $300 USD.
A group of engineers in the Bay Area have developed a new dashcam in hopes to deter theft and protect peoples cars.
Jupiter Cam is a smart dashcam that protects your car when it’s parked through 24/7 monitoring, instant alerts and notifications, and cloud video connectivity.
Jupiter empowers people to always have control and visibility of their property and assets from theft, break-ins, and vandalism – no matter when and where they are.
Whether it is a break-in, catalytic converter theft, or your car being towed away, Jupiter Cam instantly sends an alert to your phone through its fast LTE network with the video footage.
No more worrying about your car parked out on the street overnight or checking on it during your dinner because having the Jupiter Cam mobile app, you can also have a live view of your car anytime. All cameras are also equipped with alarms, GPS tracking, motion and sound detection.
About the Team:
The founding team consists of 3 individuals. The co-founders met in college in Canada at the University of Waterloo and have spent the majority of their time in Silicon Valley building impactful and secure products for millions of people. With the passion to solve big problems, Jupiter Cam was the perfect fit.
- Tian Zeng who piloted hardware initiatives at Apple, FitBit (now Google), and Square.
- Rajul Arora who was part of the engineering team on Identity and User Management at Twitter.
- Danny Eng who is currently a senior product manager at Affirm, and previously at Credit Karma, Electronic Arts, and NVIDIA.
The smart dashcam is currently in beta and nearing completion, and beginning their seed round in search for key investors.
Check out some of the prototype images:
Watch a demo of the app in action:
Join the waitlist! Visit the website www.jupitercam.com to sign up for updates and get first access for when the consumer camera is available for purchase.