Newsletter Feb 2019
In this issue:
- CRIME TRENDS
- TECH TRENDS
- ILLEGAL CAMERA INSTALLS
- WEBSITE BLOG
- FACE-BOOK – VIDEOS OF OFFENDERS
- CRIME CAMERAS FOR OPUNAKE
- FIBRE AND 4G ROUTERS
It was quite busy at the end of 2018 and it has been a very busy start to 2019. Vans being stolen, farm thefts, and fuel thefts have been reasonably common. I have also had a case of suspected milk contamination resulting in a cctv installation. Also, four wheeler motorbikes seem to be back on the hot-list again.
TECH TRENDS CCTV
Customers are still getting blown away with the incredible images we are delivering with digital cameras, and love the fact that they can log into their system from anywhere. Of course farmers in particular love the fact that we can install aerials bringing the images from their sheds to their house/phones with no loss of quality. Last year we did this for a farmer whose camera system was 7km away!
TECH TRENDS ALARMS
Again the trend is to have the alarm system come back to your phone/app. Although not as good as monitoring, it is a handy to see what is going on with your alarm, and to arm and disarm your system when not at home/work.
ILLEGAL CAMERA INSTALLS
I come across these all too often, including several this year. They have included systems that have been installed by Electricians and Appliance/Computer or Techie type Stores.
You need to be aware that Section 6 of the Private Investigators Act 2010 states people installing/selling/working on cameras, alarms,safe locks, strong-room locks, must have a security license.
What are the ramifications if you don’t?
Firstly, all people getting a Security License must be vetted by the Police and the Court system. If other people come and do your cameras and have a hidden bad trait or develops one later, you could regret them knowing the inside layout of your property, and your systems they installed. You will of course get bad apples across all professions, but at least we in the Security Industry are vetted and have to constantly re-apply for our licence.
Secondly, if you use footage from a camera system that was not installed in accordance with NZ LAW, could this footage be thrown out in court? Worse, could subjects in the footage come at you civilly. Could staff where the illegal cameras were installed come at you civilly?
Thirdly, has the person installing the system made you aware of legal requirements to do with the footage and The Privacy Act, Signage, Privacy Masks etc.
A New Plymouth case on the use of cctv cameras costing a man a $7000 fine was of great interest to me.
Why? Well I also installed some cameras at a house in Hawera which took in views of a neighbouring property. Except I masked the images so the neighbors still had Privacy. My customer, if taken to court, could have had me front before the Judge where I would state:
1. I am a Licensed installer.
2. The cameras have been masked and cannot see the neighboring the property.
3. And I am the only one at liberty to change that.
In the example given, I also saw the neighbors in question and gave them my personal assurance that they were not being filmed. This was years ago, and they are still not being filmed.
In summary, if you have had cameras installed illegally, it would be in your best interest to get rid of them.
I have started a blog on my website which also syncs with my Facebook page. I will try and feed tit-bits to this on topical matters.
Last year (having checked with the Police) I started offering my customers a service where I edit their videos and post them on FaceBook with a view to identifying offenders. This proves very popular and successful, with people (sometimes family) keen to dob people in. Again though, I see people doing this who do not have knowledge of the Privacy Act. Innocent people/vehicles are left in the background of the footage, or the footage is left up indefinitely after the suspects have been apprehended and prosecuted. This is a breach of the Privacy Act.
CRIME CAMERAS FOR OPUNAKE
In conjunction with the Opunake Districts Business Association and Sinclair Electrical, we installed some cameras in Opunake this year. As a form of sponsorship for the community, I did not charge for my labour. I would like to hear from others in smaller towns who might like to achieve the same.
FIBRE AND 4G ROUTERS
These will affect your monitored alarm and cameras. Visit this link on my site to learn more..