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Rules and Regulations of Home CCTV installations

Everything you need to know about UK regulations of home CCTV systems

As security specialists for non-residential premises, iFacility do not install home or domestic Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems. However we are often asked about domestic security camera installation and rules, so we hope you find this article informative and helpful if you’re thinking about getting CCTV your home.  As of July 2017 this information is correct,  and it has been adapted from the advice given by the Information Commissioners Office which may be liable to change.   Please click the following link for the latest direct from the ICO:  https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/cctv-on-your-property/

Can I install a security camera at my home?

The short answer is yes. You have the right to protect your property, and CCTV is just one of the possible security measures you can take. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly common to find security cameras on most residential properties these days.

Before getting a CCTV system for your home, there are a couple of quick considerations you should think about first.

  • Why do I need CCTV? And what do I want the security camera(s) to record?
  • Is there a different security measure that would protect my property better? (security lights, alarms, locks etc.)

Consider how your CCTV system might have an impact on the privacy of others

Legally, home CCTV use can be a bit of a grey area.  As long as you’re using the camera to monitor your property, within its boundaries, you are ok as a rule, unless you are streaming images that are publicly accessible as you are, in effect broadcasting images of visitors to your home, (extended family, window cleaners, postman, etc.) so similar rules apply as when cameras capture footage beyond your fences – such as the pavement, road and neighbouring properties.

The Data Protection Act 1998 applies to CCTV use that’s monitoring the movements of strangers outside your home, as you’re effectively collecting data on those individuals, so it becomes difficult to operate with the exception of domestic purpose.  In these circumstances, we recommend you register with the ICO as a data controller.  You can do that here (£35 per year): register with ICO as a data controller.

Also, many CCTV systems now come with audio recording facilities. Audio recording is particularly privacy intrusive, and in its recommended, in the vast majority of cases, it should be disabled.

Restrictions imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998 when installing home CCTV

Most home security cameras capture footage from beyond your property boundary; it’s often unavoidable. So it is important that you:

  • Put up clear signs stating that CCTV is in operation
  • Only use the footage for security
  • Just keep the footage secure and for as long as you need it
  • Don’t release the footage to third parties

However, where a camera has been installed to prevent crime, you can keep the footage for as long as needed to detect and prosecute the crime. The footage captured can also be passed on to the police and other authorities to achieve this.

Consideration of Human Rights Act 1998

Article 8 of The Human Rights Act 1998 states that an individual has the right to respect for their private and family life, and of their home. So if you were using your security cameras to specifically monitor the activities of your neighbours – that could well be a breach of their human rights and could open you up to prosecution.

One last word about using your CCTV system to capture evidence of crime

Police advise anyone using home CCTV to take great care and consideration that they fully comply and that they keep up to date with changes to the law. (download the official advice from the Information Commissioners office here) If unsure, please always err on the side of caution and move cameras, or use above link to register with the ICO.

If you are considering CCTV for your business or commercial premises, get in touch with iFacility on 01749 600 600

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iFacility Introduces the Ultra Low Light Sony SNC-VB770

iFacility being Sony’s premier IP CCTV integrator are always thrilled to be the first to announce a new product, today is no exception with the new Sony SNC-VB770 Ultra Low Light IP CCTV Camera.  Released April the 14th, this new ultra low light, Ultra HD CCTV camera offers the highest sensitivity in its class – under 0.004lx – ISO 409600  which means that you are able to attain crisp, clear colour images in what would be pitch black to the human eye, with no need for any illumination from standard light or infra red sources!

The new SNC-VB770 camera achieves such high resolution and amazing sensitivity due to its image processing and full-frame 35mm Exmor sensor – all developed internally by Sony;

“The SNC-VB770 builds on Sony’s image sensor strengths and applies this expertise to new applications in the commercial video capture realm,” said Roger Lawrence, Video Security Product Manager at Sony Professional Europe. “Low-light conditions don’t only occur at night. They exist 24/7 in museums, zoos and any number of municipal and commercial areas. This new camera and the expanding line of our 4K network models give users more options for meeting their demanding capture requirements.”

With the exceptional detail provided by 4K cctv technology (4 times the detail of HD) we are able to provide a wide area surveillance system and still capture, magnify and examine the smallest parts of a scene like a face or a car license plate number – all with a single cctv camera – and with the backward-compatible E-mount system – iFacility are able to install the SNC-VNB770 with wide angle or telephoto lenses – which are optimised both optically and via the cameras of internal software code to maximise the performance of the 35 mm full-frame sensor.

The camera’s Intelligent Cropping feature lets users capture a full view while cropping images in its native 4K resolution from multiple images at the same time, with either 3 or 5 simultaneous video streams.

 

View a short sample of the camera’s capabilities here and please get in touch to pre book a demonstration of this new CCTV system.

 

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Car Park CCTV Installation

iFacility recently managed the design and installation of a comprehensive Car Park CCTV Installation system for a large municipal car park in Hampshire. The project was commissioned to replace the ageing analogue cameras as part of a local government improvement scheme. 

A large complement of full HD Megapixel Sony CCTV cameras were installed into strategic locations to protect the public and property as part of the safer cities solution.  The cameras have been installed to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour, nuisance and vandalism as well as to provide good site management.

The remote car park was connected via a secure communications link to the central monitoring station.  Open platform video recording and management software allow flexible and future-proof benefits, meaning surveillance footage can be very easily stored and accessed. An example of further improvement is our newly integrated site alarm system to provide proactive anti-vandalism protection for the cash machines.

 

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