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When it comes to CCTV camera, it always pays to do your research first. Not only so you get the best home security camera system in Singapore installed, but also to make sure that you're not breaking any laws.
Now before you decide to install a CCTV system, here are a couple of things to keep in mind first.
Owned private properties
You are free to install CCTV cameras around your property as long as your camera faces your property. Even though you might own the property, you must still make sure that your camera is not facing other people’s private properties or public areas. Doing so would be a violation of the law. If your cameras are facing such areas, you'll need to change their direction or request a permit from the proper authorities first, if it's really necessary for your camera to face a certain way.
Within your business properties or commercial area
Similar to private properties, you just have to make sure that the camera is facing inside your business premises. As long as you ensure that, there won’t be any legal issues involved.
Inside your office
There’s no problem with you installing a CCTV system within your office compounds, provided that you inform them first and put up clear labels where the cameras are installed. Not informing employees and other people, regardless of whether it is on purpose or there are no visible labels put up, is a violation of legal terms and can land you a hefty fine.
If you're living in an HDB home, you'll need to ask for permission to install a CCTV camera inside your property. This permit will only last for six months, and if you wish to extend it, you'll have to ask for approval again.
You'll also need to get a permit if you want to install a CCTV camera outside your home because that's already considered public domain. Non-compliance can lead to serious legal repercussions.
Laws and regulations can and will change. It's crucial that you keep yourself updated and use other online resources as well to know if and when it's legal to install a CCTV system where you want to.
With the growing popularity of CCTV cameras over the past few years, the country's government is taking privacy concerns seriously. Which explains the need for you to ask for a second opinion before installing a CCTV camera system to iron out any possible legal issues.
Luckily, most companies selling CCTV camera systems and offering installation know a lot about the technicalities involved. You can always ask them for help, and they'll gladly make recommendations based on what's legally accepted or not.
Remember, the law doesn't care even if you have CCTV camera installed; if you're doing something illegal, then you're going to have to pay for it, one way or another. So the best way to prevent such a thing from happening in the first place is to keep yourself updated with any information relating to the laws and regulations of CCTV systems.
Install CCTV cameras in these areas without permission
It doesn't matter if it's an HDB house or a private property. Installing CCTV cameras inside the toilet is a clear violation of the law. Installing surveillance systems in the toilet area and other similarly private places inside your house can be grounds for a legal case against you.
It is pretty obvious that you shouldn’t be installing cameras within government property. That is also a clear violation of the law and you'll be facing serious charges if you insist.
Now that you know the do’s & don’ts of installing a CCTV system, you don’t have to worry about running into any trouble when you decide to get it set up.
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