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Video Surveillance in Sectional Title Schemes

A Definitive Guide

Video Surveillance in Sectional Title Schemes has quickly become a top priority for homeowners and body corporates alike. Bheki Cele, the police minister reported an increase n all property-related crimes. This has encouraged property owners to seek private security solutions including CCTV and video surveillance.

Here’s what you will need to consider to get a video surveillance solution for your sectional title scheme property:

  1. Perimeter Size
  2. Additional Video Surveillance Integrations
  3. Onsite Security or Armed Response
  4. Privacy and Body Corporate Approval

Perimeter Size

Your perimeter security is your first line of defence and therefore the first thing you need to consider when evaluating your security needs. As a general rule, you should require one CCTV camera for every 60meters for a secure perimeter. You will need to identify high-risk areas and vulnerabilities such as low walls, areas with high pedestrian traffic, and entrance points like a font gate.

Video Surveillance in sectional title schemes

Additional Video surveillance integrations

Along with your perimeter security, you will need to evaluate the need for additional CCTV integrations. This would include the need for video analytics, electric fence monitoring, access control at entrance points or even the need for individual panic buttons.

Onsite security or armed response

After assessing your CCTV requirements for effective video surveillance, you will need to decide between hiring onsite security or armed response services. In extreme cases, your sectional title scheme may require both services.

As a general rule, you can opt to just have an armed response service as the first responder to any suspicious behaviour caught by your video surveillance system. However, for sectional title schemes with multiple vulnerabilities, having onsite security, although more expensive, will increase response times to threats and act as an additional warning to potential intruders.

Video Surveillance in sectional title schemes

Privacy and Body Corporate Approval

The right to privacy of an owner, visitor, or renter may potentially be violated by security cameras placed on the complex’s common property. Positioning of video surveillance cameras is necessary to record security and body corporate regulation violations (Management and Conduct Rules). Access points and parking lots can typically be monitored, but before installing cameras in other places, the trustees must be relatively certain that no one utilizing those spaces has a legitimate expectation of privacy.

When a surveillance system is put in place, the body corporate should create a thorough written privacy policy, preferably as an amendment to prescribed management rule (“PMR”) 27 of the STSMA Regulations, which already contains a clause granting members and bondholders access to other non-financial body records.

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