Utilised correctly, a professionally-installed CCTV system can not only deter criminals, but provide vital evidence in the unlikely and unfortunate event that a property is targeted by burglars.
However, there are important restrictions and certain practicalities that must be adhered to. For example, security-conscious homeowners need to ensure that they have a system that is capable of recording images and video feed which are sufficiently clear for identification purposes.
This article will explain the best practice for preparing your home CCTV system footage for a court of law, and advice on how to maintain your system in excellent working order.
What are the restrictions?
First things first, CCTV installation. Of course, a camera is rendered useless if it doesn’t work. This is one of the reasons why it is highly advisable to only hire experienced surveillance engineers to install security camera systems.
It is also of paramount importance that your home CCTV system is installed in a way that complies with legal restrictions in order to make it admissible evidence in court. The use of cameras is covered by The Data Protection Act (DPA) and there are several requirements which have to be adhered to — these include:
- Making sure you do not invade anyone else’s privacy whilst trying to protect your property.
- Putting up clear signs to say that CCTV is in operation (when capturing images outside of your property).
- Only using the footage for the purpose for which it has been taken.
- Only keeping footage for as long as it is needed.
It’s worth remembering that you are well within your rights to possess a CCTV camera. However, it is important that you do not infringe on anyone else’s rights whilst exercising yours. For further information, check the surveillance camera code of practice or get in touch with our security experts who are ready to solve any questions or enquiries you might have.
How helpful is home CCTV in providing evidence?
Anybody that has seen the fuzzy images on shows like Crimewatch, the criminals in video footage are often almost impossible to identify. In most cases, an unknown person needs to make up 120% of the screen to be identifiable. FFor that reason, having a low-quality CCTV system that can not provide high resolution images and video feed could prove problematic. High-quality images are needed if CCTV footage is to be used as evidence in court, that is why you need to doublecheck the technical specifications of the cameras of your CCTV security system.
Just as buying quality cameras is hugely important, so is maintaining cameras once they have been installed. It is important that you check your CCTV system regularly to make sure that it is working properly, and remember to check the position of the cameras for optimal coverage on a regular basis. If you are planning on installing a new CCTV surveillance system, it is highly advisable to have a professional security specialist visit your place and assess your security needs.
Our team of experts here at Bridger Security are always ready to visit your premises for a free onsite survey on a day and time that’s most convenient to you.