Rules about CCTV strata property

Considering CCTV in strata buildings

Tips and protocols for CCTV in strata managed buildings

The following article highlights what committees should consider when deciding whether to install security cameras on their common property.

Your starting point should be listing the reasons that you are considering installing security cameras and the intended purpose of the cameras, this will help decide on their location. Other points to consider:

FAKE OR REAL

Whilst there have been no court cases to-date in Australia, there is general agreement that creating a false sense of security would be considered “contributory negligence” were a situation to arise. This means an individual or entity could hold a scheme partly responsible for damages they have suffered. There is also general agreement that criminals know how to identify fake cameras.

DEEMED ADVANTAGES
POTENTIAL DISADVANTAGES & RISKS
EQUIPMENT & RECORDS BECOME COMMON PROPERTY

Consideration needs to be given to:

OTHER OPTIONS

Consideration should be given to whether there are other options to resolve the specific reasons the committee is looking at CCTV.  Improved lighting or other more specific security measures may present better value options. If your scheme concludes that you are interested then we recommend obtaining legal advice so as to ensure:proper recording of the reasons for the decision to install the equipment; and

If you have any questions, simply contact your Strata Plus strata manager.

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