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Are You Allowed to Put a Security Camera on Your House?

With the rise of companies like Nest and Ring, millions of Americans have added security measures to their homes. In addition to security systems, these small security camera devices can protect your home. And its convenience makes it similar to monitor from anywhere. All you need is your phone and the app. Recently, in Mount Prospect, an interior security camera – with the help of a scream – caught a home invader on tape. However, this technology has restrictions.

Where Can You Point a Security Camera?

Generally, cameras outside are almost always fair game. Many buildings in urban and suburban areas have a number of security cameras. In fact, you may request this footage in cases of slips and falls. However, if a camera points somewhere private, like a neighbor’s window, then you may risk someone else’s privacy. Generally, the outdoor cameras could not be placed in an area that would invade someone else’s property. But to be the best neighbor possible, make sure your camera’s range only protects your home.

Many cameras today have a wide range and high definition. The best practice is to ensure safety and protect everyone’s privacy. If you are a property owner, you can contact professionals to place cameras. And if you believe someone has invaded your privacy through the use of an improperly located camera, contact an attorney, like the attorneys at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today.

Placing an Indoor Security Camera

Some businesses place security cameras inside to prevent shoplifting. These cameras are generally placed where no one would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, like a storeroom floor. However, in some instances stores place securitycameras in places where one may expect some privacy. Examples include bathrooms and dressing rooms.

Generally, stores may place security cameras in some dressing rooms, but many national chains place them outside of the dressing room instead to provide customers with privacy. Bathrooms have been almost universally deemed off limits by courts for placement of security cameras. Other areas like rented rooms, hotel rooms, and locker rooms are generally off limits for security cameras.

Additionally, it’s legal in the United States to record surveillance video with a hidden camera in your home. Many people use nanny cams or other hidden cameras. But similarly to placing a camera outside, if you want to ensure your placement follows the laws of Illinois, contact an attorney. For instance, he only time surveillance laws in Illinois permit you to record someone secretly is if you have a reasonable expectation that a crime is about to be committed against you or someone in your household.

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Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr. practices plaintiffs' personal injury law at his office in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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