Nothing worse to ruin a vacation than to come home and discover the house "visited".

Each year, there are more than 500,000 burglaries or attempted burglaries, with a peak during the summer months but also the Christmas holidays.

To leave with peace of mind, you can install a CCTV camera in your home.

But under certain conditions.

Security vs privacy

The installation of a camera within your property is subject to strict regulations. As the National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (Cnil) reminds us, an individual has every right to equip his home with such a device to secure it, without however escaping the provisions of the Data Protection Act and freedoms.

Clearly, you are authorized to film the interior of your property, the garden, a private access road and the immediate surroundings (sidewalk in front of the gate for example), but that's it.

Conversely, and because it is normal to preserve the privacy and image rights of others, you are strictly forbidden to film the public road, even if your objective is simply to monitor your parked car. in the street.

Likewise, it is out of the question that your cameras are used to spy on your neighbors.

Make the right choice

In practice, the implementation of a video surveillance device is not very complicated, as long as you know how to read an installation manual. The difficulty lies above all in choosing the right equipment. Before proceeding to the checkout, you will have to study your needs: surface to protect, type of cabling available, desired image quality ... You will have the choice between webcam, infrared sensor with night sighting, continuous recording camera or equipped with a movement detector…

But for individuals who want to go to the simplest, it will be necessary to turn to analog cameras or IP cameras. The former work with a cable that transfers the image to a screen. Generally inexpensive, this is a very classic piece of equipment but a bit dated which will nevertheless do its job very well. These cameras do not require special technical knowledge, but the recording time is often limited and wiring work is sometimes necessary.

More modern and of better quality, the IP camera is also a consumer device, but the images are generally more readable (details in particular) and viewable in real time, even from a distance.

All you need is a simple Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to connect the camera to its box.

Some models allow you to connect from your smartphone or tablet.

Others are still equipped with infrared LEDs to optimize night vision, to ensure day and night surveillance.

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If you install a camera in your home and you employ staff (babysitter, housekeeper, gardener, etc.), you must inform your employees of the device in place.

It is also forbidden to film employees permanently during their working time.

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