Are security cameras legal in Southwest Florida?
April 21, 2017
April 21, 2017
Is your camera intruding on your neighbor’s privacy?
Are security cameras legal in your area? Many homeowners in Southwest Florida believe that a simple home alarm system is enough to protect them from becoming the victim of a burglary. While home alarm systems do help deter criminals, many are still brazen enough to attempt a quick strike on your property.
It is estimated that police solve only about 13 percent of all home burglaries. This low percentage is due to a lack of physical evidence or witnesses. Fortunately, home security cameras can help provide material evidence to catch would-be burglars before they can strike.
If you are wondering if security cameras are legal in Southwest Florida, check the following listing of state, county, and city laws for your area.
The State of Florida Allows Security Cameras
The “video voyeurism” statute, Florida Statute §810.145 places restrictions on how you can videotape people without their knowledge. It is illegal to record a person in a place or at a time where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. For the purposes of home security cameras, use of these devices on your own property is legal as long as:
- You post a visible notice that camera systems are installed for safety purposes.
- The camera system is visible and obvious.
- The camera system is not observing an area of another person’s property where they would have a reasonable expectation of privacy (i.e. an interior room, fenced back yard, etc.).
The video voyeurism laws are designed to prevent illegal recording of people in private or sexually explicit situations without their knowledge, and the transfer of said recordings. This law should not restrict your ability to install a properly configured home security camera system.
Southwest Florida Laws on Security Cameras
Lee County – No county ordinances.
Collier County – No home security camera ordinances. Sec. 26-253 requires convenience businesses to install a security camera capable of recording and retrieving images or video in the event of a crime.
Manatee County – No home security camera ordinances. Convenience stores are required under Sec. 2-19-62 to be equipped with security cameras capable of recording and retrieving an image or video in the event of a crime.
Charlotte County – No county ordinances.
Sarasota County – No county ordinances.
Bonita Springs – No local ordinances.
Cape Coral – No home security camera ordinances. Sec. 3-2 requires regulated establishments that sell or serve alcoholic beverages to have a security camera capable of recording and retrieving images or video operating at all hours of business operation.
Fort Myers – No local ordinances.
Naples – No home security camera ordinances. Sec. 10-203 requires convenience businesses to have a security camera system capable of capturing and retrieving images or video in the event of a crime.
Marco Island – No local ordinances.
Sanibel – No local ordinances.
Venice – No local ordinances.
Sarasota – No local ordinances.
Bradenton – No local ordinances.
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities Before You Install A Security Camera System
As you can see, the majority of counties and cities in Southwest Florida do not restrict home security cameras. However, it is your responsibility as a homeowner to inquire with your Homeowner’s Association regarding community regulations for security cameras. Some communities and subdivisions do not allow these systems.
If you are considering a security camera system for your property, you must ensure the cameras are only recording your property and not infringing on your neighbor’s privacy. The best way to ensure compliance with Florida’s state laws for camera use is to have a licensed, experienced security team install your system.
For a free estimate on a new home security system or improvements to your current system, call Executive Electronics of Southwest Florida at 239-597-9077 or request more information using this form.