We recognise that having security cameras installed outside your home can make you feel safer.
We also recognise that your neighbour may feel that security cameras on their neighbour’s home may be a criminal offence and may invade their privacy.
What to do if you want to install CCTV on your home
Yoo need to make an application to install CCTV on ecternal walls of your home.
Before you do this, think about the problem you’re trying to resolve by installing CCTV.
Contact the local police for advice about crime prevention. Better locks or security lights may be a more effective way of securing your property.
CCTV used on your property will be exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA) unless you are capturing footage of
But the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recommends that you use CCTV in a responsible way to
protect the privacy of others.
What happens after making a request
You’ll need to fill out an application form.
We’ll assess your application and let you know if we give you permission to install CCTV o’r not.
If you install CCTV on your home after we’ve rejected your application, we’ll see this as an alteration withour permission and breach of your tenancy.
We have the right to withdraw consent at any time or to impose conditions if there are problems with their installation.
Filming beyond the boundary of your home
If your camera films areas that are beyond the boundaries of your home, places like:
- a neighbouring garden
- a house across the road
then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act’ under the domestic purposes exemption.
This does not mean that you are breaching the Data Protection Act but it does mean that you are subject to it.
The Human Right Act covers our right to privacy. The right to respect privacy means that CCTV on your home should be installed so that they only observe what goes on in your home
If you wish to film (anti-social behaviour/ crime) outside your home, yo must ask the Information Commissioner’s Office.
You have a legal right to monitor your home for legal reasons.
But, inappropriate use of cameras can have several legal consequences. Installing a camera to deliberately point towards another persons home can lead to legal action against you.
Making sure you don't break the Data Protection Act
Where to place your security cameras??
Decide on the most effective place to install you camera(s). Make sure the CCTV camera is pointing towards your home and not somebody else’s.
Ask our Neighbourhood Service team or the Crime Prevention Team for advice.
Installing a camera(s)
You can install a CCTV camera yourself.
If you are going to use a private company to install them, make sure you ask around and check references before you use them.
It’s important to make sure that they are fitted and installed correctly and safely to avoid risk of injury.
Don’t break the law
It’s legal for you to film your own property.
Filming someone else’s property can lead to harassment and you could be prosecuted under the Public Order Act or the Protection from Harassment Act.
You must put signs on the entrance to your home and near by areas to inform people that you are using CCTV.
The signs can also prevent individuals from committing offences.
But don’t put up signs unless you are using CCTV cameras.
Dummy CCTV Cameras
The term ‘Dummy’ camera is used to describe a fake camera installed on a home.
They don’t record any images.
Although these cameras are not expensive to buy, they don’t have much effect on preventing crime. Criminals or some one that causes anti-social behaviour will quickly realise that it’s a fake. And it wouldn’t stop them from committing a crime.
If you are going to install a CCTV system, it’s worth spending a bit more to get a system that works.