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Update for CCTV regulations

The rules surrounding the installation and usage of CCTV cameras for businesses around the UK have been updated by the sector's trade association.

Since the early 1990s, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has published and updated the Code of Practice document surrounding the area of CCTV standards and the changes constantly being made to the technology.

According to the BSIA, the publication is one of its most downloaded, suggesting just how popular this method of crime prevention is.

Such regulations are important to ensure that any evidence documented using the technology is of a sufficient quality. With technology in this area constantly being improved and updated, it's essential for all parties involved to understand what standards they need to aim for.

Legislative requirements

The latest update centres largely around what is required when installing camera systems, taking into account the recently-created Cenelec and IEC standards.

Mark Wherrett, chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV technical group, said: "The landscape of CCTV standards is complex and can be difficult to navigate, so this Code of Practice - with associated guidance - is intended to provide a single point of information for installers wishing to provide a quality service compliant to legislative requirements."

One of the key considerations for the BSIA's newest publication was to ensure its content complemented the Code of Practice in the government's own document covering the same topic. In it, the surveillance camera commissioner has laid down 12 principles that installers need to comply with in order to not fall foul of legislative requirements.

However, these guidelines only apply to cameras that are publicly-owned - accounting for roughly one in 70 systems.

The BSIA's chairman of CCTV section Simon Adcock said: "As such, the importance of encouraging the adoption of best practice among installers, while driving standards of system selection, installation and operation, is paramount. The BSIA is proud to lead the way in the development and dissemination of best practice."

An alternative to CCTV

Of course, while CCTV is a popular method of crime prevention among business owners, there are effective alternatives for those who wish to go the extra mile.

At Storm Operative Security, we specialise in providing manned services to provide a physical threat to potential offenders to ward them off premises where they are not welcome. 

While cameras can only document a break-in and provide evidence after a suspect has been apprehended, security guards can react to a situation in the now, giving thieves one more reason why they should think twice before attempting to steal from a business.

Additionally, our guards can provide a comprehensive service that includes accompanying staff to their cars when it gets dark outside and assisting with other tasks that would perhaps otherwise be considered to be out of their remit.

While CCTV has undoubtedly had a significant impact on the detection of crime, sometimes the technology alone is not enough and the human factor can make a significant difference when it comes to protecting your operations.

Posted by Julie Tucker

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