Are security cameras legal in your area?
Home security cameras are becoming more common as the technology improves and the cost goes down. Cameras can add an extra layer of security and safety to your property, but you need to consider state and local laws before installation. Are security cameras legal in your area? We’ll try to answer that question.
The following is a brief guide to Southeast Florida’s laws regarding security cameras and video recording on your property.
Home Security Cameras are Allowed by Florida State Laws
Restrictions on videotaping individuals without their consent are imposed in Florida Statute §810.145, the “video voyeurism” law. This law makes it illegal to record others in areas or at times when they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. It is also illegal to distribute video of compromising or sexually explicit situations that was obtained without the subject’s knowledge or consent.
This law does not restrict your right to have a home security camera as long as you follow these suggestions for compliance:
- Post a visible notice about security cameras on your property.
- Make the camera system visible and obvious.
- Adjust the cameras so they only record your property and not a private area of your neighbor’s property (i.e. interior rooms, enclosed back yard, etc.)
The key to ensuring your home security camera system is legal is to have it installed and configured by a licensed, experienced security system professional.
Note that some counties and cities may have their own laws regulating security camera systems in their jurisdictions. Please refer to the following list of laws in the Southeast Florida area.
Southeast Florida Laws on Security Cameras
Martin County – No local ordinances.
Indian River County – No local ordinances.
St. Lucie County – No local ordinances.
Palm Beach County – No ordinances related to home security camera systems. Sec. 18-5 requires convenience stores to have a security camera system capable of recording and retrieving images or video in the event a crime occurs.
Vero Beach – No local ordinances.
Fort Pierce – No ordinances related to home security cameras. Sec. 9-367 requires all late night retail stores to maintain a security camera system capable of recording and retrieving an image or video in the event of a crime.
Jupiter – No ordinances related to home security cameras. Sec. 7-96 requires convenience business to have a security camera capable of recording and retrieving an image or video in the event of a crime.
Riviera Beach – No ordinances related to home security cameras. Sec. 31-555 and 31-556 require recycling centers and facilities to have an internet-based surveillance camera monitoring access to the property and access to the cameras given to the Riviera Beach Police Department.
Palm Beach – No local ordinances.
Always Work with a Licensed Security Professional to Install Security Cameras
Even though your city or county laws may not prohibit security cameras, subdivisions and communities may restrict their use within their jurisdiction. Before you consider a home security camera system, consult with your local Homeowner’s Association or community board to ensure security cameras are allowed in your area.
The most important thing to consider when installing and configuring your cameras is that they do not record your neighbor’s property without their permission. Metro Alarm & Technologies is trusted across Southeast Florida for professional security installations that comply with all local and state laws. Call 844-462-6387 for a free estimate.