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Using CCTV at a Commercial Property

You can use CCTV to protect your property but you must follow the Data Protection Act.

It is recommended that you fill out the following checklist (annually) to ensure that you are in compliance with the Data Protection Act CCTV Small User Checklist [1MB]

Failure to comply with the Data Protection Act may result in action being taken under the Act. It may also affect Staffordshire Police's ability to use your CCTV images to investigate a crime.

You must:

  • put up a sign to let people know CCTV is being used and why
  • be able to provide images within 40 days to anyone you've recorded (you can charge up to £10 for this)
  • share images with the authorities, eg the police, if they ask for them
  • keep images only as long as your business needs them

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has guidance on how to use CCTV cameras and storing images.

For a full Crime Prevention Risk Assessment, please consult:  Commercial Security Assessment [1MB] .