Installing CCTV in a licensed premises can greatly reduce the risk of criminal activity and violence, helping to make your pub or club a safer environment to work and socialise in. When planning to install CCTV at your licensed premises, there are a number of factors to consider to ensure that surveillance cameras are used efficiently and legally.
Nature of your premises
The CCTV requirements of nightclubs, bars, and pubs can be very different. Capacity, customers, location, and other contributing factors will determine the number of cameras you should install and the type of system you use.
If your premises is open late, and those socialising consume a lot of alcohol while there, then you may need more CCTV than smaller, quieter local pubs where people tend to drink less.
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Where to install cameras
Surveillance cameras can be installed in a variety of different locations, but are best placed in high risk areas. These include:
Entrances and exits, including fire exits
Exterior of the building, such as outdoor space, smoking area, and gardens
Any area where security searches are carried out
Corners and alcoves that are not clearly visible
Tills and bar areas.
Cameras should be placed where they won’t be blocked or tampered with so that they can monitor activity properly.
Knowing the Law
Installation of CCTV systems must comply with the law. This includes making customers and employees aware that they are being filmed by placing signs near the cameras. Signs should be clearly visible and easy to read. Premises installing CCTV should familiarise themselves with the Data Protection Act (1998) to ensure that the systems are being used legally.
It is important to note that if you are using your CCTV to monitor and deter criminal activity, then it cannot be used to monitor your employee’s working activities.
Secure your property
Ensure that your property is fully protected with a fire safety procedure that will keep you, your staff,
your customers and even your property safe from the risks of fire.