Surveillance camera commissioner's buyers' toolkit

This buyers' toolkit is a guide for the non-expert who is thinking about buying a surveillance camera system.


Surveillance camera commissioner's buyers' toolkit

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The buyers’ toolkit has been produced as guidance for the non-expert who is thinking about buying a surveillance camera system and wants to maximise their chance of success (and minimise risk) by observing the principles of good practice.

The primary target audience is small and medium sized enterprises (up to 250 staff) and micro-businesses (up to 9 staff). Yet the 5-stage approach in the buyers’ toolkit is guidance which would be valuable for any organisation considering the use of surveillance cameras.

Following this guidance will help you to make informed decisions about whether surveillance can be justified as a solution to your problems. If deploying surveillance cameras is necessary, then the toolkit is full of advice and tips on how to get the best out of your prospective suppliers.

This toolkit has been developed under the National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales as a tool that will help security industry suppliers demonstrate to their customers that they understand and follow good practice and legal obligations.

Formatted as an interactive PDF file, you can get the maximum functionality by downloading the document and opening it in a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat. Alternatively, you can view this toolkit in your browser but without the same level of functionality.

For relevant authorities under Section 33(5) of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, and larger organisations, you may want to refer to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s passport to compliance.

Published 25 May 2018