Warning signs 'must accompany' CCTV
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
Warning signs could prove pivotal in alerting would-be criminals to the existence of a CCTV system at a firm's premises.
According to cctv-information.co.uk, the Data Protection Act states that warning signs must be placed next to areas that are being surveilled by CCTV. The signage must explain that recording is taking place, why the scheme is in use and the contact details of the data controller.
New developments in CCTV technology mean that such a surveillance system is extremely important, especially for areas with high crime rates, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK, has said.
"For areas with high crime rates, proactive security measures need to be in place," the BSIA's CCTV chair, Pauline Norstrom, said.
"Remotely monitored CCTV systems are excellent for protecting vulnerable sites – such as industrial estates often left unattended – and business premises out of hours.
"Instead of one person having to monitor a bank of screens, motion sensors can trigger an automated warning to control centre staff, allowing them to intervene at the earliest opportunity should a security breach occur."
Putting up warning signs next to CCTV areas could deter potential criminals and ensure you abide by the law, too.
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