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Privacy vs. Protection: How To Legally Implement Video And Audio Surveillance In Apartment Complexes

Privacy vs. Protection: How To Legally Implement Video And Audio Surveillance In Apartment Complexes

Security is essential for apartment complexes, and there are a variety of solutions that you can implement. Video surveillance is an excellent way to keep an eye on the apartments 24/7. Security cameras help protect residents and reduce opportunities for criminal activity such as property crimes or assaults. However, there’s a right way and a wrong way to use video surveillance in apartment complexes. There are some restrictions and legal issues that you need to keep in mind when installing security cameras.

Places to Avoid When Installing Video Surveillance

There are specific areas where you can’t place security cameras. It’s legal to record in public areas but not where residents have the expectation of privacy such as bathrooms and bedrooms. Don’t install security cameras in apartments. Residents expect privacy inside their homes behind closed doors. Regulations prohibit spying on your occupants.

Also, don’t place security cameras so that they point towards apartments or that can see inside units. Every state has different laws about video surveillance, so make sure that you consult your state and local laws.

Audio Surveillance

Using audio surveillance is a little trickier. Laws forbid listening in on conversations of unwilling parties and consider it an invasion of privacy. You must meet certain conditions to use audio surveillance so if you plan on installing it, contact an attorney so that you legally implement this type of surveillance.

LandlordsNY legal expert Michelle Iltkowitz explains that “audio surveillance is governed by the Federal Wiretap Act, which prohibits intentionally intercepting ‘any wire, oral or electronic communication.’ In many states, wire-tapping is a felony offense. She goes on to say that “the intentional overhearing or recording of a conversation or discussion, without the consent of at least one party thereto, by a person not present thereat, by means of any instrument, device or equipment.”

Audio and video are certainly legal to use just make sure that you consult with an attorney before implementing security products that record audio. A security integrator can also give you advice and develop a security plan to provide the best security solution for your property.

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Randy is the CEO and founder of RC Security Consulting, serving the Dallas / Ft. Worth area. Specializing in Security Consulting Services, Access Systems, Video Surveillance Installation & Support.
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