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My neighbour has installed several CCTV cameras. One points into my back garden. Can I get it removed?


I believe the cameras were set up for security but where we live it’s totally OTT. Another camera points at my front driveway (annoying but not so much of an issue). Before you ask – neighbour is totally unreasonable and will not communicate. I really need some sort of legal ruling, I think.

There are no privacy laws in this country. There is no such thing as invasion of privacy and it’s not against the law.

One way round this, however, could be to try the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. A course of conduct which someone knows or ought to know amounts to harassment is illegal. (Harassment includes alarm and distress). So, if you communicate to the neighbour (once a month in writing and keep copies) that their camera is causing distress to you then after a while you’d be able to show a course of conduct. This would be an offence and therefore you would have some recourse to the Police.

There may be other ideas that people can think of. Pick the one you like best.

Until then, there’s nothing other than a complaint to the council which they won’t bother doing anything about.

If the camera is not pointing into your home there is nothing that you can do they can say it is covering their back garden and they are ding this to help protest their own property. I would never suggest you take things in your own hands but maybe take a weekend break and forget to turn off the Hifi play something like the bands of the Coldtream Guards play retreat and have a good weekend away. That’s how I sorted a bad neighbour. Within 2 months they left sold up and moved. It is good practice not to take photos of a child without parental consent however this person may have the camera in main part covering in his own garden and as such there is nothing the police can do. He can say wel yopu know the camera is there to protect my propery and its hardlines if you do not like it.Also it may be a dumy camera that does not work and is there only to get you going. He seems very able to get you going, you are making it far to easy for him to wiond you up. You are playing into his hands. RIPA only covers Police and othr government bodies it does not cover private inderviduals or even private detectives.

Cctv Invasion Of Privacy

Many people are installing CCTV in their properties as a home security measure as it has proved to be an effective tool in fighting crime. If the camera is recording you in your home, a place where you would expect to have total privacy then there could be an issue with regards to invasion of privacy.
Firstly, it would be advisable to speak to your neighbour to see if it is possible to move the camera so that it does not point at your property. If this is not possible and you want to take further action you would need to seek legal advice from a solicitor.This means that if a CCTV camera mounted in your neighbour’s property is overlooking your land, it is unlikely that they will be breaching the Data Protection Act. However, they may be breaching other legislation such as the law about harassment or voyeurism, and so may be subject to investigation by another body, such as the police.

yes you may be able to get some help with this via the local council, the person who places a CCTV gang on there property can film what they like as long as this does not prove to be an intrusion onto other property, its a bit of an grey area, but if your home is being filmed then to a legal point it may count as intrusion since the camera could be angled in a way that does not film your home or your private actions if the system has night optics then it can in theory see at night or even into your windows.

the level of angle view, and the ability to monitor would depend on the focal range and the aperture size, because you can see a lense it does not mean that the viewing angle is so wide, it would also depend how far away that the lense is from the object unless there is a zoom.

Snap. Have the very same problem, and local neighbours have also been affected and come to me for advice.

This is what we learnt about the subject.

Any private individual can have security cameras for the purpose of protecting their own premises, but they should not encroach onto other property or outside their own boundaries, example onto public roads or footpaths.

After consultation with our local police and the local council, the perpetrator of the offence was cautioned with regard to the use of cameras. This was especially concerning to local residents as we have a junior school very close by.

Although the cameras are still in place, we are confident they are now been correctly used, but keep very vigilant.

Hope this helps.

Your neighbour can’t point his CCTV at your property. It is an invasion of privacy. Ring your local council and explain to them what has happened

CCTV cameras should point at the property of the person to whom they belong, no on else’s. If your neighbour’s cameras are covering your property he is in breach of the Data Protection laws and you should report him to the Information Commissioner at http://www.ico.gov.uk/
If he is covering your property he has to register with the ICO and comply with the Data Protection legislation regarding usage, records, notification and so on.

LOng as the camera view covers his (your neighbor) property mostly and does not provide him (your neighbor) a view through one of your windows its legal

I think I’d be asking the police about this one. Sounds like an invasion of your privacy to me and at best, very, very strange.

Are you sure they are ‘loaded’ however? I’m about to instal a dummy one on my front to attempt to stop the b*gger who’s allowing their dog to leave deposits (large ones) on my unfenced bit of grass out there.

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