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What to Know When Deciding on CCTV Installation in London

What to Know When Deciding on CCTV Installation in London

Any quick look at the CCTV options available will reveal there are plenty to choose from. However, if you consider that you are more likely to buy several new cars than one CCTV system, the choice can seem a bit more daunting, then there are rules to consider as well. It’s not only impolite to record people without their knowledge, but it’s an invasion of privacy, which could land you in court facing prosecution. Before you decide which CCTV system to buy, here’s a few other things you should know.

Do Not Install in Private Areas

This is a no-brainer really, but some people just don’t understand the importance of this rule. While you can install a CCTV system in your home or office, you will be violating the law installing them in a private place that is not your home. Doing this would lead to serious legal consequences. Therefore, you should never install these systems in places such as washrooms, toilets, or changing rooms.

Tell Others about Surveillance

Having a CCTV system installed for your own safety is a good thing, but you need to install them in the right places and let others know about them. It is your responsibility to display multiple signs after installing a CCTV system in your office or shop. These notifications must be visible to your visitors not just your staff. Anyone who is recorded by the CCTV must be made aware that their actions are being recorded.

Consider Local Rules and Regulations

It is important to educate yourself about any rules and regulations regarding CCTV installation London. Different local authorities may have their own bylaws for installation that you must follow as well as national legislation. If you live in social housing sometimes you also need their permission particularly of you intend to cover communal areas. Take your time to check and ensure you’re not violating any rules or laws when using a CCTV system or you may be forced to take them down.

Pick the Right System

If you’re sure you need a CCTV system and you won’t be violating any laws when you install them, you will then have to focus on the next step which involves finding the right system. Not all CCTV systems are the same. The latest devices are equipped with Wi-Fi, are vandal proof, and many support night vision surveillance too.

The price will of course vary, depending on the features on the system you select. Take some time to consider what you really need and then seek quotes and advice on where to position cameras for maximum cover. An expert will help you match the right kind of camera for the location. For instance, if you cannot find a place to install your CCTV out of reach securely, investing a little more money in a vandal proof camera could be the answer.

Whether in the end, you opt for vandal proof, night vision, or the more traditional type of camera, installing CCTV is a big investment. It’s the kind of thing you do only once for security and peace of mind years ahead. Of course, it is best to get everything right about installing your system from the beginning, but even if you have done all your research, it’s still wise to seek expert advice to match your specific CCTV needs to your business and your location before you commitment to anything.


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by Harvey Carr // Harvey Carr is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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