UK Regulations for Home Security Systems

Keeping on top of current UK legislation surrounding home security systems can feel like an uphill struggle, but thankfully help is at hand! We are frequently asked about the factors homeowners need to consider when it comes to their home security – so here’s our quick roundup of all you should know to ensure compliance with the latest UK law.

Can I install home security?
In short, yes. Everyone has the right to protect their property by legal means – and installing home CCTV is one such method of doing just that. It has become increasingly commonplace to see CCTV installed on domestic and residential properties, as homeowners become increasingly aware of their options. You will want to pay close attention to the CCTV systems available to you, so you can ensure you install the correct one.

What about privacy law?
Certainly, when deciding where you position your security camera, you will need to carefully consider where you place the CCTV. As a general rule, as long as you are only using the cameras to monitor your own property, you will experience no legal problems with your CCTV usage. Problems arise if you are streaming images and making them publicly accessible, even nominally – as this contravenes the Data Protection Act 1998 unless you have registered as a data controller with the ICO, at a cost of £35 each year. Many of the latest CCTV systems also come with the ability to record audio, which can be considered particularly intrusive for those seeking to safeguard their privacy.

How do I ensure compliance?
Most home security systems will naturally record video from beyond the borders of your own property. This is an unavoidable consequence of living in a residential area – but could cause problems if you’re not careful. You should only ever use your footage for security purposes, and only retain any recorded  footage for as long as it is truly needed, as well as ensuring you never share the footage with third parties. This rule is significantly softened in the case of CCTV footage which has recorded a crime in progress. In this instance, you are well within your rights to retain the footage for detection and prosecution purposes, as well as sharing it with the police and any other associated authorities pertinent to your case. Most importantly of all, you must ensure you indicate through signage that you are using CCTV – not only will this act as a criminal deterrent, but it will keep you within the law.

Understanding CCTV regulations
Legal compliance is far simpler than you might think, and simply requires a little forethought about the kind of camera kit you choose, where you place it and how you signpost its usage. If in doubt, contact a security company like Mint Security who will be able to advise you on the best methods and tech to help you stay on top of all the necessary legalities.