CCTV can prove to be a priceless asset to your security system. In the event that accidents, criminal damage, a break in or suspicious behaviour has to be investigated, CCTV footage can provide vital evidence for settling the case. Further to detecting crime, the very presence of a CCTV system can dramatically deter crime from taking place, thereby reducing the risk of damage or loss to property whilst protecting the safety of occupants.
Design and Installation of CCTV Camera Systems
Boden Fire and Security design, supply, and install specialist CCTV systems for commercial and industrial premises, shops, government property, and private homes. From supplying the MOD and government departments with highly intelligent monitoring systems, to providing local businesses with discreet and easy to manage digital CCTV setups, our team of highly trained engineers dedicate the same care and attention to all of our clients, no matter the scale of demand.
A Boden Fire and Security Engineer will visit your premises to form a detailed assessment about your requirements in order to design a CCTV System that is tailored to suit the property and will act in line with legal considerations, including the Data Protection and Human Rights Act.
Once a design has been agreed, we will professionally install and commission the CCTV system and make sure that cameras cover the necessary areas, are fully compliant with regulations and work safely. We will also provide full instruction on how to use all monitoring equipment and digital programs.
With a multi-skilled team of Engineers, Boden Fire and Security provide their customers with scheduled and on-call Maintenance Services. Effective maintenance management will ensure that your CCTV system continues to operate effectively.
Examples of Common CCTV Uses
Commercial Premises Surveillance – Owners of commercial, industrial and retail premises use CCTV systems to record activities taking place within the building, as well as for monitoring events taking place on the approach to the site. These systems serve multiple purposes including: recording the actions of workers, monitoring monetary transactions, alerting owners to shop lifters, and capturing footage of the surrounding area.
CCTV in Schools and Colleges – The use of CCTV in educational premises can help to detect and prevent vandalism, bullying and theft, as well as to enhance security for the protection of staff and students. It is the school’s statutory requirement to notify the Information Commissioner that they are installing CCTV, including details about the purpose and distribution of data.
Traffic cameras – CCTV systems used by the Highways Agency are designed to detect high levels of congestion and capture footage of accidents. These cameras provide an accurate, up-to-the-minute traffic report for road users, and can also provide the proof for identifying causes of accidents.
Main Types of Closed-Circuit Television and their Uses
Dome Cameras – These small and unobtrusive ‘dome’ shaped cameras are popular for use in indoor areas that require discreet yet visible recording, such as retail premises. Their compact ‘all-in-one’ casing makes Dome cameras more to vandalism and means that they consume low amounts of power. Dome cameras are simple to install and can incorporate a weather-proof casing, a 3 gimbal axis, Infra-Red and features to aid resistance to damage.
Bullet Cameras – Bullet Cameras can be wall or ceiling mounted and directed at a specific area. Their slim housing makes them suitable for installation in discreet positions and small corners. Being less discreet than dome cameras, Bullet cameras can act as a deterrent for people looking to carry out criminal activities. Bullet cameras can be used in both outdoor and indoor environments.
Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras (PTZ) – Pan Tilt Zoom cameras enable the remote control of direction and zoom. PTZ Systems can incorporate Auto-Track programming, which will instruct the camera to track and re-focus automatically when pixel movements are detected.
CCTV Systems supplied by Boden can incorporate the following features:
- Adjustable Eye Ball Cameras
- Infra-Red Vision
- DSS Night-Vision
- Wireless technology
- IP systems
- Anti-vandal designs
- Thermal imaging cameras
- Different lenses including varifocal
- Variety of image resolutions
- Weatherproof outdoor casing
- Pan Tilt and Zoom features (PTZ)
- Fast spinning cameras
- Discreet housing to disguise equipment
Legal Considerations for CCTV Installations
If you’re looking to install a CCTV system in a business or commercial premises, then you must adhere fully with the Data Protection Act 1998, CCTV Code of Practice.
For home owners wanting to install CCTV for monitoring their property must be careful that they are not infringing on the privacy of neighbours. For further information about the domestic use of CCTV, please see: Part 4 of the Data Protection Act 1998 covers Domestic Use, as well as Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998. The legislation is complex, so if unsure, always seek the advice of a solicitor.
The use of audio recording has limited legal applications. However, there are specific circumstances where audio may be deemed necessary, including:
- Audio Alert Systems
- Conversations across Help Points and threat activated panic buttons.
- Legal situations which require an accurate record of conversation, for example police questioning.
Further Legal Advice
For further information regarding the laws surrounding CCTV use, please refer to the CCTV Code of Practice provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO).