Securing your home and protecting your family – our CCTV technology is designed to give you peace of mind but there are rules and regulations about how and where you can use it. And while a simple CCTV setup might have legal limitations, it comes with countless benefits. In this blog, we’ll cover some of the legalities surrounding security systems, but also the comfort it can give you and your family.
Placement and picture
Whether you’re living in a detached or terraced home, the legalities of where you’re allowed to install a security system remain the same – you are only allowed to fix cameras on your premises. This means that you can’t mount them to a tree, pole, or any other object facing the entranceway, that is not already within your boundaries. Then there’s the question of what your CCTV will see, and how that information is used. It’s important to consider the visual range of your system and how it will affect the privacy of your neighbours. We always recommend talking to the people around you before installing a unit that may be considered an intrusion of privacy.
Are you capturing any images outside of your boundaries? If so, you’ll need to know the details about GDPR and DPA. While this can get quite technical, a simple rule of thumb to follow is that if images captured on your camera are used for any purpose other than evidence given to a legal authority, then you’re likely breaking privacy laws. Find out more on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
The perks of CCTV
Home or away, our intelligent CCTV systems will give you the ultimate peace of mind. Much like alarms, just the sight of a security camera is often enough to deter any unwelcome visitors from attempting to enter your premises. Flexible storage systems mean that you can save endless hours of footage to an in-house harddrive, or even have your video stored on remote cloud servers for easy access anywhere at any time. And with the incorporation of online connectivity, you can view your camera’s live feed from a phone or computer, no matter where you are in the world. What’s more, when we install CCTV with systems such as Control4 and Creston, we’re able to set the cameras so that they are also viewable on the systems’ in wall touch panels.
You can use CCTV systems for more than just recording and saving video. With the advancement of modern technology, your camera setup could read number plates on cars and recognise faces with pin-point accuracy — there’s a world of possibilities for your automated home. Gates that open autonomously when you pull into your drive, doors that unlock when they recognise your face, house and security lights switched on by recording movement or as part of your ‘come home’ routine, and even the ability to trigger the kettle for a fresh brew as you walk through the front door.
What can CCTV do for you? Contact us today and find out how we can give you the comfort and convenience of 24hr security.