CCTV can be a valuable and useful tool for reducing criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Whilst a basic CCTV system may act as a deterrent, unless it is being watched continuously it is only able to provide recorded evidence of events discovered or suspected after they have occurred.
If you are looking to install a CCTV system it is recommended that you fully assess the type of problem faced for example safety, theft or malicious damage and consider to what extent CCTV will address these problems and whether other measures will complement it for example intruder alarms or better lighting.
When installing CCTV, you should use reputable installers, preferably ones approved by the National Security inspectorate (NSI) www.nsi.org.uk/ or Security Systems & Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) https://ssaib.org/
Most CCTV systems must be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This is because nearly all CCTV systems capture data relating to the members of the public and this data can be electronically ‘processed’. For more information please visit the ICO’s CCTV information https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/encryption/scenarios/cctv/
Your system must be proportionate to your needs and must not interfere with the rights of other individuals. For example, the CCTV should only capture footage of the area on which the church sits, not a neighbours private garden.
It must be clear to those entering your premises that CCTV is in use and that images are being recorded using notices in prominent positions, especially at the points of entry and where the system is in use.
It is important to ensure that any evidence captured on a CCTV system can be used by the police or as evidence in an investigation. It is important that any recordings are clear enough and easily accessible by police investigators. For more information on the ‘UK police requirements for digital CCTV systems’
Ensure that any employee using or accessing your CCTV is fully trained on how to use the system.
If you are thinking of installing a CCTV system, you should inform your insurance providers. This is particularly important if you want the CCTV to replace any existing security measures.
For CCTV guidance including a leaflet of the ‘UK police requirements for digital CCTV systems’ visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/cctv-guidance