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Using CCTV at home

Using CCTV responsibly at your home

Regardless of whether your use of CCTV falls within data protection laws, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recommends you use it responsibly, to protect the privacy of others.

Firstly, ask yourself whether using CCTV at your home is the best way to improve security. Then consider:

  • Do I really need CCTV?
  • Are there other things I could use to protect my home, such as better lighting?
  • What is the most privacy-friendly way to set up the system?
  • What areas do I want the cameras to capture?
  • Can I position the cameras to avoid intruding on my neighbours’ property or any shared or public spaces?
  • Do I need to record the images, or is a live feed enough?
  • Has my CCTV system got an audio-recording facility; can I disable this, since it's very privacy intrusive?

Improving home security without CCTV

To safeguard you and your property against crime, without using domestic CCTV:

These steps may be more effective and less expensive ways of securing your property, without using a surveillance system.

Installing CCTV at home

If you decide to use CCTV you must consider:

Remember, if your cameras don’t capture images beyond your boundary, CCTV data protection laws won’t apply to you.

Also see

Data Protection Officer

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 554145