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CCTV frequently asked questions

CCTV: Frequently Asked Questions


Home CCTV (closed-circuit television) systems are effective tools for monitoring and securing your property around the clock. At Nova Alarms, we offer a wide range of internal and external CCTV installations for your home, with static or fully functional home security cameras.

If you are considering installing CCTV for your home, read below for some of the most common questions we get asked about CCTV.


Where should my CCTV be positioned?

It is vital to consider the weak points in your own personal property, however, there are certain areas of all homes that are commonly targeted by burglars. Cameras should be installed in locations that eliminate as many blind spots as possible, covering all access points into the property. For example, adjacent to the front door is a good placement to cover one entrance and overlook any vulnerable areas such as a front-drive with cars.

Your CCTV also needs to be positioned in a high enough position where it can’t easily be tampered with. 9 feet above the ground is generally considered a safe height. Although you want a large and wide view with the camera, placing a camera too high can sometimes prevent a very detailed look at any criminal’s features should a break-in occur.


Do you need a license for home CCTV?

The answer is no, you don’t need a license for home CCTV. There are however other factors you need to consider such as whether your CCTV infringes upon other people’s privacy.

If your CCTV system captures images of people outside the boundary of your private domestic property – for example, from neighbours’ homes or gardens, shared spaces, or from public areas – then the GDPR and the DPA will apply to you. You will need to ensure your use of CCTV complies with these laws. If you do not comply with your data protection obligations you may be subject to appropriate regulatory action by the ICO, as well as potential legal action by affected individuals.


Do you need signs if you have CCTV?

You need to be transparent with your CCTV systems by informing neighbours and putting up signs saying that recording is taking place, and why. Having a notice can also deter any burglars from attempting to break into your home.


Can CCTV work without an internet connection?

CCTV can work without an internet connection. However, not having an internet connection will mean you will not be able to connect to the system remotely unless you use a 4G router.


Is wireless CCTV better than wired?

For stability and image quality, wired CCTV is a much better choice than wireless CCTV. Wired security systems provide the most reliable connections as they have a stronger internet connection and have fewer issues with signals being dropped.

As an NSI silver accredited family-run business, our 35 years of experience can help us to diagnose your property’s CCTV flaws and find solutions to help you rest easy.

For a FREE CCTV security consultation, contact our team on 0161 702 8643 or info@nova-alarms.co.uk.

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