What you can and can’t record with your home CCTV

You as an individual have a right to protect your property, and one of the best ways to do this is by installing a CCTV system. CCTV systems act as a great deterrent and fantastic security measure, providing it is used correctly and is respectful of others’ privacy.

Complaints about CCTV Systems

As CCTV systems become more and more popular, the number of complaints from neighbors and the public is on the rise. Complaints are more often about neighbors feeling that their privacy is being affected by the cameras. They may argue that your CCTV system is an invasion of their privacy. This is why it’s important to position cameras to have a view of your property only.

So what types of cameras are allowed?

The short answer is any camera set up for security purposes and positioned to cover only your home/property.

This includes:

  • Camera systems that cover the entrances to your home
  • Cameras in your garden or on your property boundary (but not aimed at a neighbor’s house or garden)
  • Cameras in communal areas of flats or apartments, as long as you have the permission of the other residents

What about night vision cameras?

The use of night vision cameras is more restricted. You should only use them if you have a justifiable security reason and they don’t shine directly into nearby properties or gardens. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to speak to your local authority or police force.

How should the footage be stored?

Your recordings should be kept in a safe and secure place that only you can access with relative ease. You should ensure that all the date and time stamps on the recordings are correct. You should also make sure that you have a data protection policy in place. This will ensure your footage does not fall into the wrong hands, and that it is securely stored and only used for security purposes.

Contact Forrest Security Systems

If you have any questions about what types of CCTV systems are allowed or how best to use your system, please feel free to contact us today for information on installs or advice on getting the right setup for your property and help ensure that you’re using your system legally and respectfully.​

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