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CCTV Signs

If you use closed-circuit television cameras, you must have visible CCTV warning signs in place to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998, and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. CCTV camera signs are usually placed at the entrance point of the CCTV operating zone, as well as at other points around the site to remind visitors that cameras are in use.

Label Source's CCTV signs are highly visible and easily legible; they are also waterproof and vandal resistant, ensuring that your notices will not become degraded and unreadable. Each design is available in several different sizes, allowing you to buy CCTV signs that are perfectly suited to your premises. Some of our signs enable visitors to identify and contact your video operator if necessary.

CCTV cameras are used to aid crime prevention in a variety of public spaces, including shops, banks, airports, casinos, railway stations, self-storage facilities and industrial estates. Regardless of the setting, CCTV warning signs are mandatory wherever closed-circuit cameras are in use.

 

What Are The Benefits of CCTV Signs?

How many benefits can a sign have? Well, the advantages are twofold:

  • CCTV signs are an effective way to deter and punish theft.
  • The signs inform people they are on camera, which ensures you comply with regulations and stop any chances of being taken to court.

The biggest benefit of installing a security camera is its deterrence factor. More often than not, skilled burglars will lookout for these signs. If they’re there, they’ll go somewhere else. 

CCTV Rules and Regulations

As mentioned above, CCTV usage is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998, and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. These laws are needed as the UK has almost 2 million CCTV cameras in use, equating to one camera per 32 people.

For guidance, you should always refer to The Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The commissioner gives updated guidelines and advice to those who use CCTV cameras. While these guidelines do change slightly every year, they broadly advise for the use of clear signs and respecting the rights of others to privacy.

CCTV cameras will almost always accidentally capture images of people outside of your property. This means your cameras must:

  • Put up signs that state CCTV is currently in operation
  • Store images securely and only use the footage for security purposes
  • Protect footage and data from third parties

Find out more in our in-depth blog on the subject ‘CCTV: What The Law Says About Declaring Surveillance’.

When it comes to employees, they have the same rights. They must be informed when and if they are under CCTV surveillance, and they also retain the right to see footage of themselves upon request.

Overall, if you want to make sure you’re within the rules, then you need CCTV camera signs.

How to Use CCTV Camera Signs

Just having a CCTV sign isn’t enough. You need to know how to use the signs, too. If the signs cannot be read or are obstructed, you will still be legally liable – they must be readable.

To achieve that, place the CCTV sign at eye level. Usually, signs are placed on the wall underneath the camera.

For larger premises, it is beneficial to have a series of CCTV signs around the camera, just so everyone can see it. It is also a decent courtesy to give people plenty of warning before being recorded.

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