Should You Install a CCTV System in Your Chester Home?
February 21, 2017
There are many people who decide to install Chester CCTV systems around their home. However, you need to carefully consider if you should be installing this system and whether you are staying within the confines of the law.
The Cost To Benefit Ratio
Before you head out and buy a CCTV system you need to consider what the cost to benefit ratio is. This can be determined by looking at the cost of the entire system and what benefit you will get from the use. If you are installing the system to deter burglars it could pay off if you are robbed, but you need to consider how likely this is. If you are installing the system because of your neighbours then you need to consider if this will only make any problems you have worse.
How You Could Be Breaking The Law
If you are set on a Chester CCTV Installation you need to consider the legality of it. Where you point the lens of the camera could put you in breach of the Data Protection Act and this is a serious issue. You will be in breach of this act if your camera points to the public pavement, the road or your neighbour’s property. Even if you are using an eye level camera on your property you could be in breach of the law.
There are also a number of harassment laws that you need to consider when setting up your CCTV system. If any of your neighbours feel harassed by the presence of the camera you could have to take it down or face a fine. The only times when you domestic CCTV system will not be breaking the law is if the lens is point to a point on your property and does not capture anything outside of the property lines.
Ask The ICO First
The ICO or Information Commissioners Office will be able to give you advice on how to legally install your CCTV system. If you have any concerns it is important that you get their advice otherwise, you could end up in court over the breach of the law. While the ICO has never formally brought charges against anyone for breaking data protection law, it is possible that regulations on the use of domestic CCTV will be increased.
What About Privacy?
Another concern that many people have with domestic CCTV systems is privacy. Under the Human Rights Act, every person is allowed their own privacy and you could be breaching this by installing CCTV. If your neighbours feel this way then they could take it up with the police and you could face fines or charges depending on your ability to resolve the issue.
The ICO advises that you carefully consider whether or not the CCTV is completely necessary. You also have to ensure that your CCTV system is not recording any audio because this could change everything. You also need to be careful with where you keep and post any footage that you take as it could also breach the laws.