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All businesses should invest in physical security, especially a good CCTV system. Installing security cameras on your commercial property is a smart way to protect your staff, customers and assets.

If you’re a business owner considering a CCTV system, you probably have a lot of questions. That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of common CCTV FAQs so you know exactly where you stand.

Click on a question below or scroll down to read all.


Are there any legal requirements for using CCTV?

Yes, there are regulations, such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that you need to adhere to if you were to install a CCTV system on your property.

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it's vital that you store any data from CCTV monitoring in accordance with these regulations.

This simply means all data captured should be stored securely and should only be accessible to authorised persons.

Other rules include providing employees with any footage related to them upon request within one month.

Need more info? Visit our full guide here: CCTV Regulations: What Does the Law Say?


Can CCTV cameras record audio?

Yes, modern CCTV cameras can record sound which is ideal for businesses that see a lot of footfall day-today. Capturing audio as well as visual footage is particularly useful in a crime investigation.

In terms of audio quality some cameras come with built-in audio inputs whereas others can be connected to a remote microphone – the best option is you want a clearer sound quality.

There are, of course, regulations in place to ensure this capability is not used illegally. There are several legal obligations you must follow if your CCTV system can record sound, these include:

  • Registering with the ICO as a CCTV operator
  • Deleting recordings after 31 days
  • Never installing in private places, such as toilets, dressing rooms, etc.

Need more info? Head over to our full guide: Can CCTV Cameras Record Sound?


Do I need permission to install CCTV cameras?

No, you don’t need to request permission to install a CCTV system on your property, but you do need to make it clear that CCTV is in use in the area. This can be done by putting up a sign stating that recording is taking place.

Need more info? We answer this question in more detail in this guide: Do I Need Permission to Install CCTV Cameras?


How many CCTV cameras do I need?

This will depend on your desired level of protection and the size of your property. If you’d like to keep your entire building secure, then a full CCTV security system with an integrated intruder alarm would be best.

However, if there is just one area on your property that needs to be monitored, a one-camera CCTV system should suffice.


How much do CCTV systems cost?

According to, “A basic, 8-camera CCTV system costs around £1,000 + VAT including installation.”

However, there are multiple factors that can affect the overall cost of installing CCTV. These include:

  • Location
  • Camera type
  • Camera location
  • Building type
  • Optional extras

If you’re interested in installing CCTV on your premises and would like to know what you can get for your budget, contact IDS to receive a free CCTV installation quote today!

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