CCTV can be an effective and useful tool for crime prevention and the investigation of crime.
It should not be considered a stand alone security measure but should be used in conjunction with other security measures and strategies.
Careful consideration should be given to the planning and installing of CCTV systems.
Clear guidance for non-technical users wishing to install a CCTV system can be obtained from the Home Office.
Data Protection Act
Most uses of CCTV by organisations and businesses will be covered by the Data Protection Act (DPA) and will require then to register their system with the Information Commissioner and comply with the Data Protection principles. The basic legal requirements to comply with the DPA are set out in the Information Commissioners Office CCTV Code of Practice.
The primary objectives of installing a CCTV system within such an environment are:
Northumbria Police minimum standards CCTV within licensed premises
To seek to influence behaviour of patrons
To protect staff and property
Where necessary, to provide unequivocal evidence of an incident to assist subsequent prosecution. An effectively installed and managed system will also help to prevent criminal and anti-social behaviour.
CCTV supporting small businesses
The Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology has recently published this leaflet to offer guidance to current or potential users of CCTV on how to get the most from this technology.
If you require further advice please dial 101 and ask for Northumbria Police Crime Prevention