Private CCTV


CCTV systems are an important weapon to fight against crime. CCTV can be used to protect your business or your home against robbery and theft.

If you use CCTV to protect your home or business premises you should always maintain your system.

If you or your neighbour has a CCTV system, it is important to let the NPT know this, as they may capture information useful to the Police too.

 Digital CCTV

When using a digital CCTV system make sure you know how to view and download the footage as this may be important for future evidence and identification purposes. Please consider the following:

  • Do you know how long the images are stored for?
  • If you want to identify an offender can you see the face clearly, does it need to be focused in more or positioned better?
  • Make sure any CCTV system does not overlook neighbours or the public.
  • Is the lens on the camera clean?
  • Is anything in the way obstructing the lens?

CCTV tapes

If using CCTV tapes there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure that CCTV is in good working order:

  • Change tapes daily.
  • Use them no more than 12 times.
  • Keep tapes for at least a month
  • Use good quality tapes and check them by playing them on a different machine.
  • Check that the time and date displays are correct.