Although mainly used on business properties, there has been a huge growth in the use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to protect domestic property. 

CCTV and burglary

CCTV should not be used as a substitute for other crime prevention methods.  Good physical security (locks and bolts) AND a professionally installed alarm system will almost always offer more protection to your home than a CCTV system. In fact, a professionally installed CCTV system can cost as much as a police linked, 24/7 monitored alarm without offering any significant deterrent to a burglar!

ASB and criminal damage

A correctly set up CCTV camera can provide valuable evidence to the police. However, evidential images must meet very strict standards. Most domestic CCTV installations fail in this regard.

Great care must be taken when choosing the camera, the lens and the location. Always seek the advice of your Crime Prevention Advisor before going ahead and consider a professional installation instead of doing it yourself.

Domestic CCTV law

If your CCTV system covers, even partially, any areas beyond the boundaries of your property, such as neighbouring gardens or the street, then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA) under the domestic purposes exemption. This does not mean that you are breaching the DPA but it does mean that you are subject to it.

CCTV systems filming even limited views of a public space are now required to be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and will be subject to a number of other requirements such as the use of specific signage. Owners must also be aware that if their system covers an area beyond their home’s boundary they will also be subject to many of the same requirements in terms of the protection and provision of data as larger organisations.

For more advice on what this means for you and what you should do to make sure that you operate your system legally, please visit the Information Commissioner’s website at

For more guidance on using CCTV go to the Information Commissioner's website 

Report it

If you have been a victim of a burglary, call 101 or report it online.

If a burglary is in progress and you are in immediate danger, call 999.

More help and support

For further advice or recommendations, contact our Crime Prevention Advisers

This contact is for crime prevention advice only.  Please do not use this email address to report crime.  Call 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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