Thinking about investing in a CCTV camera for your home? Like many homeowners across the UK who have had CCTV systems installed for their property, you may have thought to yourself ‘ where can I point my CCTV cameras’? In this article, we will give you all the necessary information regarding CCTV camera positioning, the laws regarding CCTVS for homes and helpful information when it comes to your neighbours’ rights.
Firstly, having a CCTV system installed for your home is a great way to enhance your home security and deter unwanted criminal activity from taking place. Even having just a standard CCTV camera located on the outside of your building will make criminals think twice about committing theft or other criminal activities. Ultimately, having a CCTV camera installed will give you the reassurance and added peace of mind that you, your family and your assets have that added security.
The Laws Surrounding CCTV Cameras For Properties In The Uk
If you are thinking of installing CCTV cameras for your property then it is a good idea to first be aware of the UK laws that surround the process. One of the most common laws to consider when having a CCTV camera installed for your domestic property is that you comply with the Data Protection Act and GDPR. This means that your Camera needs to be operated in a way that respects the privacy of your neighbours and members of the public.
So it is advised to position your camera so that it doesn’t capture images of people outside of your property boundaries such as neighbours’ houses, gardens or public areas. If your CCTV camera does capture images in these areas then you will need to comply with the Data Protection and GDPR laws.
Best Places To Install Security Cameras For Your Home
The best positions to place your CCTV cameras will be at a high point so that the cameras can not be stolen or tampered with. Make sure that cameras are pointed at the correct angles as placing cameras at certain angles may not give you the most optimal coverage. Making your CCTV camera visible can also be a good way to discourage potential burglars.
These are the best positions to place a CCTV camera at your home:
- Front, back and side doors
- Off-street windows
Can I Point My CCTV Camera Towards My Neighbours House?
As we have already discussed, it’s not a good idea to point your CCTV camera directly at your neighbour’s home and to record them without their consent. Not only is it a lack of respect for their privacy but it may well breach the GDPR and Data Protection Laws that we have mentioned earlier in the article.
If you know that your CCTV camera will be positioned in a place that will be capturing images of your neighbour’s property then you will need to have a good enough reason for this and will have to discuss this with your neighbours as they will be protected by GDPR and the Data Protection laws if they believe the CCTV Camera impinge on their privacy.
Do I need Permission From My Neighbours?
You do not need permission from your neighbours, nor do you have to legally let them know that you are having CCTV cameras installed. As long as your cameras are not intruding on your neighbour’s privacy then you really don’t have to worry. Even though you fall under no obligation to get permission from your neighbours or to let them know, it is common courtesy to make your neighbours aware of the installation and perhaps even a sign to let people know that recordings are taking place as suggested by the ICO.
If you would like some advice from poor security specialists regarding CCTV installation and CCTV camera placement, then get in touch with us now. We are always available to advise and help our customers.