Your home is your safe place, and any violation of your safety and privacy in your home can forever disturb your peace. Therefore, many homeowners are deciding to invest in home security systems that will deter burglars and boost security. However, installing security systems is not as easy as one might think—there are many things one can and cannot do from a legal standpoint.
To install security equipment, it’s necessary to have licensing and training, but also the knowledge concerning legal requirements. If there are security installation cases that don’t meet safety standards and legal codes, they will cost the user a ton of money and time in bringing them up to legal standards. So how can you avoid wasting money on illegal home security measures? Here’s what you need to know:
All wiring needs to be conducted by workers licensed to do electrical work (no matter their original trade). This license is issued by the state, and those individuals with a license can work with unlicensed apprentices to complete their work. If you’re hiring a company to install your home security system, they also need to have a contractor’s license. In many countries and states, in addition to an electrical license, people who want to provide services of installing, repairing, maintaining or selling security systems, surveillance equipment, door entry systems and similar need to have an S-license (or its equivalent) acquired from the department of public safety.
During the installation process, people usually rely on their surveillance installers and providers for help when it comes to camera placement. In case cameras are installed in the wrong place, your surveillance system can become completely useless and even illegal. It’s naturally not legal to install cameras in places where people expect privacy. In your home, these areas are usually the bedroom, bathroom, powder room, changing room and similar.
In some cases, cameras installed outdoors can also be illegally placed, since they can catch events that happen outside of your property. When buying home security systems that are suitable for outdoor use, make sure to be careful whether the recording can capture the street or parts of your neighbor’s property. New cameras have great visibility and wide capture angle, so make sure they only catch areas easily seen by the general public. As long as your new security system doesn’t record anything behind the neighbor’s fence, through someone’s window or in an area that is usually considered to be private, you won’t be facing any legal issues.
If your camera system requires wiring, your installer needs to pull an electrical permit. This permit allows your installer to do any electrical work in your area. Having an installer with a permit allows you to be sure your contractor will legally complete all the work. Also, they are allowed to conduct any follow-up inspections which will assure you your equipment is working properly and is not a hazard for you and your family. The inspection also ensures that wiring and equipment are up to code. All companies that do installation need to pull a permit, otherwise, they should have a giant red flag on their name and might cost you an illegal home security installation.
Different countries and states have different laws regarding audio recordings from cameras used for surveillance. For instance, the state of Massachusetts requires all parties to consent to an audio recording. On the other hand, in most Australian states, if you are taking part in a private conversation, you can legally record it without consequences. In the state of Victoria, you can even record a conversation you’re not a part of, as long as you have one party’s consent. When installing surveillance in your home that supports audio, make sure to be aware of this law.
For your home to be protected legally, your home security system needs to meet certain standards. With this knowledge in mind, you’re ready to get the best equipment and best contractors for your money