The fact that you’re reading this article governs the point that you’re either going to buy CCTV camera surveillance system for your house, your business or you are just here for general knowledge. Well, the simple answer to this question is that there is no such hard and fast rule to have a CCTV camera security footage stored for a particular specified duration. Especially if you are installing the CCTV surveillance system in your home. There are no boundations as such.
What are general retention policies accepted worldwide?
Many countries like UK have put down some general instructions that you should follow. The guidelines are laid down as such they are apt to the places. First of all, the CCTv camera doesn’t store anything, the storage is somewhere else, generally the system base station which is commonly known as DVR/NVR.
For House or Private property surveillance, the general recording retention lasts between 2 to 4 weeks. Crimes that took place on or around private properties are generally reported within a week, so two weeks recording is sufficient enough. If you’re going away for a long vacation or want more longer retention, you can increase the storage space by contacting your CCTV camera suppliers.
For businesses, CCTV camera dealers generally have packages of storage systems between 2-3 months, which again may depend on the buyer or the sensitivity of the places where the CCTV cameras are being deployed by the system. If you are caught in a Legal matter, CCTV’s often act as an Alibi for you. So choose wisely.
Well, it all depends on the budget you have for the storage and the type of camera your CCTV camera manufacturers are selling with the system. The storage depends on Resolution of camera, video compression by the system, bit rate, the number of cameras deployed on the premises connected to the system and obviously, the storage space of DVR/NVR you buy. So while buying a CCTV camera surveillance system, you must take care of these crucial variables and plan accordingly.
CCTV storage space are programmed to delete the oldest footage automatically as the storage gets fully stacked. The recent development in cloud storage systems, have given freedom to both buyer and supplier to increase the duration of retention of CCTV footage by increasing the storage space. Countries in the Indian subcontinent have suppliers who provide 30 or 60 days of minimum amount of they should keep the video. You can ask them to add space anytime you want, but people usually don’t do what they don’t necessarily have to do.
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