Do I Need a Licence to Install CCTV in the UK?

With more than 5.2 million CCTV cameras installed across the UK, there is no denying that we are a nation that knows the worth of video recordings. CCTV is now a popular choice amongst commercial and residential owners, offering a way to capture any crimes and visually deter criminal behaviour. 

Due to the nature of the footage being recorded, do you need a licence to install one of these crime-fighting devices? Continue reading to find out.

What are the Rules for Using CCTV in the UK?

As with any security device, it is always worth ensuring you meet the regulations. Without this assurance, you could be in the wrong in a frustrating turn of events. 

We are happy to confirm that you do not need a licence to install residential CCTV. Instead, there are several steps that you should follow to keep everyone informed about your new security product. 

Firstly, you must let people know in some way that they are being recorded when on your property. The easiest way to do this is by a sign or sticker which confirms that CCTV is in place. If someone believes they have been captured on your CCTV or requires a copy for a legitimate reason, you must also provide them with the footage. Finally, location is essential, so the CCTV systems should only be installed to cover areas that you legally own. You could be asked to remove the CCTV device if you encroach on someone’s space or property.

Whilst all these rules remain for commercial properties, extra considerations must be made. If you plan on installing CCTV in a commercial location, you must register with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office). This is because when used in a business sense, the legality of data sharing comes into force. You can legally cover your property and people with CCTV systems by paying the data protection fee.

What are the Benefits of Installing CCTV?

You may think that the rules outlined above sound off-putting, but as CCTV experts, we can assure you that it is worth putting in the effort to position your systems perfectly, as the benefits are plentiful. 

Our clients that install professional CCTV benefit from the following:

    • Remote monitoring is ideal for providing 24/7 protection even when your property is empty. 
    • This legally approved solution protects against crimes and means you have the evidence should any issues occur.
    • CCTV also acts as a deterrent against crimes in the first place, as nobody wants to be captured on film doing something unlawful. 
    • Insurance companies will provide lower premiums for CCTV users as they can see that the overall risk levels are lowered.

How Can I Install CCTV Cameras Correctly?

You don’t need a licence to install CCTV, but you do need professional support so as not to land yourself in hot water with your neighbours. The Mike Harris Fire & Security CCTV systems service has been the chosen solution for clients across the UK.

Contact us to find out why!

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