Security cameras are everywhere! Whether you're taking your child to school, grabbing a drink at a local bar, or out for a picnic, you're likely being recorded on video. But do these security cameras record audio? Can they do so legally? Read on to answer these questions, and educate yourself about security and video/audio monitoring!
Can security cameras record audio?
Yes! Advancements in camera technology within the past few decades has allowed even the smallest, most camouflaged cameras to record audio.
Security camera audio is limited depending on the positioning of the camera itself; however, directional microphones that can be added to high-quality cameras (such as the 4 MP 4x IR Outdoor Network PTZ Camera) have the ability to pick-up sounds from a sizeable distance away.
But can security cameras record audio legally?
In short: it depends. If you live in any of the following states, you need all parties present to consent to being recorded: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
What does that mean? You won't want to record audio on your CCTV if your security camera is located in a public place. If it's in your home, however - you can record away (assuming your family is okay with it)!
Do I need to post a sign near my security cameras?
Likely not - unless it's a place that one could reasonably expect privacy (a bathroom, changing room, etc). For more insight, you can find additional information here.
To ensure privacy, these laws were enacted in the benefit of the public - particularly those who aren't aware that they're being recorded. However, they offer a great deal of comfort and peace for those who wish to feel safe at home.
If you stay within the legal boundaries defined above, you can ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and/or your business. Sound complicated? Harden Communications can meet your personal or business needs.
Harden Communications, certified by Alarm.com and I-View Now, offers the installation and maintenance of security systems. If you're looking for a one-stop shop for all of your security needs, Harden Communications will offer convenience and value.