With gas prices soaring, people are mounting ring cameras on their cars

A viral TikTok video appears to show some Americans installing cameras on their vehicles to deter gas thieves.

Earlier this month, amid historically high gas prices, a TikTok user from California uploaded footage of a Ring doorbell camera he placed next to his Jeep’s gas tank.

“With gas prices over $7 in California, no mofo’s stealing my gas…” reads a caption accompanying the video. “[G]ot ring installed.”

The video has since been viewed more than 9.1 million times, prompting a flood of comments. Many users seemed to applaud the TikTok user’s efforts.

@outdoorsfishing1 isn’t a mofo stealing my gas 😂😂😂😂 #gasstationstorytime #chevrongas #shell #chevrongas #gas #lol #meme ♬ original sound – leutnant_mcguire

“Currently it costs less to replace the camera than to fill up!” said one user.

“One of the best videos I’ve seen in a long time lmao,” added another.

Even the official Ring TikTok account chimed in, adding a simple “Hi” and a smiling emoji to the comments section.

But others argued that would-be thieves would end up just stealing the Ring Camera.

“They’re going to steal that ring camera,” wrote one commenter.

“So they can call and tell you they’re stealing it before they steal it?” another TikToker quipped.

The Daily Dot reached out to the TikTok user who uploaded the video to inquire about their use of the Ring Camera, but received no response as of press time.

Although the concept was new to many, numerous articles have been written over the years about the use of ring cameras on vehicles. A major caveat, however, is that Ring cameras require Wi-Fi. Unless the user just wants to monitor their vehicle outside of their home within range of their Wi-Fi connection, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot device would be required.

Ring, which is owned by Amazon, announced in September that it would soon be launching an in-vehicle dash cam. The company also plans to release a car alarm device.

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*Initial publication: June 23, 2022 1:01 pm CDT

Michael Thalen

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