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Can I Use CCTV At Home?

Can I Use CCTV At Home?

Keeping our home safe is something we all want to do, and you may be thinking that one of the best ways to protect your home would be with a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system.

So, this week we are going to take a good look in our latest blog post: Can I Use CCTV At Home?

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CCTV seems like an obvious choice to protect your home. The option of having your home monitored by cameras is certainly a sensible idea.


You are able to easily see who is approaching your home or identify someone on your private garden or land.Plus, if you do have to contact the police or a security company about any criminal activity or vandalism, the video footage can be used as evidence.

But, before you do, there are laws and regulations that you need to adhere to.

CCTV Laws And Regulations

CCTV laws regarding CCTV in private properties came from the Protection of Freedom Act that the government used to introduce the Surveillance Camera Code Of Practice in 2013.


The laws and regulations were not created to dissuade home owners from installing and using CCTV equipment. The main aim is to help prevent CCTV from being misused and to ensure that it doesn’t impact on people’s right to privacy.


If you install and use CCTV to protect your home, you don’t want to be accidentally spying on a neighbour or people just walking past your property.


Firstly, you need to have a clearly visible sign in place that lets people know that CCTV is in operation on your property.


It’s important to note that just simply having a visible sign will be enough to put off some criminals from attempting a break in or causing any vandalism or damage.


You need to be able to provide a clear reason for why you wish to install a CCTV system and a clear crime prevention reason for why you will choose to have the CCTV cameras positioned and focused in particular places.


Where the cameras are placed is important. They should be focused on the places that are most vulnerable to break ins, your main doors, both back and front.


There is also a legal obligation to inform neighbours that you are planning to install and operate CCTV equipment on your property.
As we mentioned signs earlier, the law also stipulates that you should post signs or notices to warn everyone else that you have cameras on your building.

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Another part of the legislation covering domestic CCTV systems is that you have to regularly delete the film and images off your computer or security system.

Also, you can’t keep any film or images of innocent members of the public after it has been checked there hasn’t been any crimes committed.


One other important point is that under the data protection act, if a member of the public thinks that you have recorded any CCTV films or images of them, they have the right to view the footage.

Of course, if you choose to use a well established and respected CCTV supplier like Mayfair then you will find that complying with the CCTV law will be made much easier.


If you have a look at our the CCTV page on our website you will be able to see the wide range of products and services that we can provide.


The laws and regulations that cover the installation and operation of CCTV equipment in domestic properties clearly states that home owners have to take full responsibility for its operation.


How Can Mayfair Help?


Here at Mayfair, we will always do everything to make sure that you are have all the information necessary available in order to be fully compliant and of course, that you know how the CCTV cameras work!


This also includes the regular maintenance of any CCTV equipment that you have in or on your property, so you can have peace of mind that it is always compliant with the CCTV laws and regulations.


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You can email us at sales@mayfairsecurity.co.uk. You can also telephone us on 0800 917 9385 or our easy to use online contact form here.

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