The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has issued new guidance for end-users to help them ensure that their digital CCTV images can be used as evidence in court. The BSIA Code of Practice aims to assist in the specification, selection, installation and operation of digital video recording equipment.

The advent of digital technology offers users clearer pictures than older analogue systems, which use VHS tapes, however there are a number of key factors which must be considered to ensure digital footage is admissible in court. These include image quality and authenticity (to prevent the original and copies from being altered), storage, the method used to export images, playback, operator/owner awareness and a comprehensive audit trail.

The new Code provides authoritative guidance on all these areas and can be downloaded from