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Domestic CCTV guidance


If you own the property then it is perfectly legal to install CCTV (even with recording and playback capabilities) to protect your property against intruders and trespassers.  However, you cannot put cameras up on other people’s property without their consent. So if you do not own the property you will need the written permission to use CCTV.  


If you wish to use CCTV:  


Check - with your local authority before you install a CCTV system as certain installations require planning permission.

Positioning – decide on the most effective positioning of the camera(s) and field of view.  Make sure that your CCTV camera(s) are trained on your own property rather than that of your neighbours.  

Abracadabra will ensure your camera(s) are fitted and installed correctly, securely and safely to avoid risk to either you or other members of the public. 


CCTV Code of Practice


The use of cameras for limited household purposes is exempt from the Data Protection Act.


This applies where an individual uses CCTV to protect their home from burglary, even if the camera overlooks the street or other areas near their home.


Images captured for recreational purposes, such as with a mobile phone, digital camera or camcorder, are also exempt.


Selecting and siting the cameras


Any CCTV images must be adequate for the purpose for which you are collecting them. It is essential that you choose camera equipment and locations which achieve the purposes for which you are using CCTV.


Both permanent and movable cameras should be sited and image capture restricted to ensure that they do not view areas that are not of interest and are not intended to be the subject of surveillance, such as individuals’ private property.


The cameras must be sited and the system must have the necessary technical specification to ensure that images are of the appropriate quality.




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Abracadabra CCTV are part of the Abracadabra Group of services. Aimed at both the corporate and the private markets, Abracadabra CCTV specialise in all forms of security services alongside both the professional locksmiths and uPVC repair sides to the  business.


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