CCTV Cameras: Invading Privacy or Cutting Crime?
CCTV cameras have caused a lot of controversy in the UK in recent years. As closed-circuit television seems to be springing up all over the place, so are people who have something to say about it. But is it really as bad as they say? We don’t think so. Here we consider the evidence for and against CCTV cameras.
CCTV And The Law
\r\nMany people seem to believe that their neighbours must be breaking the law when they put up a CCTV camera which may accidentally catch a small part of their neighbour’s drive or garden. This simply is not the case. It is stated in the Data Protection Act (1998) that data processed for an individual’s ‘personal, family or household affairs’ is exempt from data protection principles. However, you should ideally only point your cameras within the boundaries of your property.
CCTV And Security
\r\nThere is no doubt that using CCTV can increase security. Just having a CCTV camera visible at the front of your house can deter a lot of intruders, who will weigh up the possibility of being caught against what they have to gain, and most likely decide it is not worth the risk. CCTV can assist police in a number of ways, from tracing missing people to identifying criminals.
CCTV And The Community
\r\nWhat some people do not realise is that CCTV is there to help them. The installation of CCTV in high-risk areas has been proven to help maintain public order and prevent anti-social and dangerous behaviour. So, for the sake of a few cameras, wouldn’t you prefer to feel safe in your neighbourhood? At Assegai Security Solutions, we provide high-quality CCTV Systems in Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keyes, Northampton and Bedford. Browse our website to find out more about our sophisticated security systems or contact us today.