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CCTV Installation For Farms

CCTV Installation For Farms

According to figures collected by the NFU, Rural crime cost the UK fifty million pounds in 2018 and has been increasing since 2011.

One of the most effective ways of reducing crime is CCTV but is legal to use?

This week we thought that we would answer this and other questions about CCTV installation for farms.

Is It Legal To Use CCTV On Farms?

Yes, it is perfectly legitimate to use CCTV on farms. There are strict rules around where and when it can be used though.

From a legal standpoint, there are quite substantial differences between using a CCTV for domestic or business purposes.

As a farm is usually both a home and a workplace, which category do they apply to?

The simple answer to that is that if the purpose of operating CCTV is to protect expansive machinery, livestock and home possessions then its remit is more than domestic use, so treat it as CCTV for a business.

The Information Commissioners Office

The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) is the “The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.”

Any business wishing to use CCTV has to register with the ICO. Many farms will already be registered with the ICO, but if not, they will have to do so.

They have a useful CCTV Checklist on their website so you can make sure that you follow each step of the process correctly.

Can CCTV Cameras Be Hidden?

In a word, no. Quite the opposite in fact. Any company (and that includes farms) needs to display clearly visible signage that informs them that CCTV is in operation on the property.

The added advantage of this is that some would be burglars will be deterred from attempting any theft if they know that they could be caught on camera.

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Where Can You Put CCTV Cameras On A Farm?

The purpose of having CCTV is to monitor your own property, so you have to be careful that you don’t inadvertently film someone else’s.

Data Protection and Human Rights laws have to be adhered to. A good place to start is the data protection section on the UK Government’s own website here.

Informing Farm Workers About CCTV

If you employ workers on your farm, then you will have to let them know that you are intending to use CCTV cameras.

We would advise keeping them informed as soon as possible and letting them know that you only want to use to protect them and the farm and not for spying on them.

Using Farm CCTV Footage

Only video can be used, you won’t legally be able to record any audio. CCTV footage can be used as evidence to prosecute criminals but in order for it to be admissible you will need to be able to clearly show that it is recorded and kept in accordance with the UK surveillance laws.

The ICO have produced a Code Of Practice For Surveillance Cameras and Personal Data, so as long as this is followed then any incriminating evidence will be able to be used by the police and in court.

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Use A Professional CCTV Installer

As you can see there are a lot of rules and regulations involved in using CCTV on a farm (quite rightly so) and you may be thinking that you like the idea of monitoring your farm but where on earth will you find the time to do any of this?

That is where a professional CCTV Installation company such as us here at Mayfair come in to play, we will look after all the red tape and paperwork for you for a start!

Mayfair Fire And Security will carry out a free on-site survey to make sure that we install the most suitable CCTV equipment in the most appropriate places.

We will also regularly maintain any equipment that we install so you can be sure that it is always working.

CCTV Monitoring On Farms

Another layer of extra security that could be very useful on a farm is CCTV monitoring. This effectively means that there are a team of people who monitor your property 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our sister company First County Monitoring provide CCTV monitoring (along with intruder alarm monitoring) and recently wrote about this and other preventative measures that could be taken on farms to minimise the risk of any theft or damage.

Get In Touch

If you would like to ask any questions about any aspect of CCTV installation on farms or would like some more information on the other security solutions that we can offer, then please do get in touch.

Our team of experts are always happy to have a chat and help you in any way that they can.

You can get in touch with us via our online contact page here or phone us on 0808 178 074.


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