What Experts Say
Video camera footage - be it from a car dashboard camera, surveillance system or camera phone - has proven to be "very beneficial" in court, says lawyer Justin Tan.
Mr Tan, an associate lawyer at Trident Law Corporation, says: "During court hearings, it is usually the case of one witness against another and sometimes, it is hard to see the truth based on what they are saying.
"With video evidence, it is as objective as it gets, and it clears things up."
Hilborne Law's Rajan Supramaniam says that the use of video footage in court and police investigation has increased because they can provide good leads.
Mr Supramaniam says: "We are seeing an increase in the use of camera footage because we can use them to make inferences about the cases and form intelligent guesses... to understand the situation better."
But he is quick to add that camera footage cannot be considered in isolation, stressing that it is important to set the context for the videos.
"Eyewitness accounts, police investigations, incident details - all these give the videos context so that they can be used properly," says Mr Supramaniam.
He adds that video footage is also in itself not perfect, open to tampering and editing just like any other piece of evidence.
The way to counter this?
Verification from experts.
Mr Supramaniam says: "The image can be distorted, and this is where experts come in because people will be concerned about authenticity."
But even the mere presence of the cameras can help too.
Owning a camera that is constantly watching, like the ones installed in cars or in public car parks, provides a form of insurance, says Mr Bernard Tay, chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council.
"When things like accidents happen, you will not have time to react or recall what happened.
"Accidents happen in a matter of seconds, and when they occur, you will be focusing on what is happening instead of details like the car plate number or the time.
"With a camera, you'll be able to get all that easily."