The Home Office has issued a new guide to retailers for the use of CCTV systems in small shops in the UK.
It was unveiled at the Association of Convenience Stores' (ASC) Crime Prevention Forum and offers end users tips on how to get the most out of their video surveillance, as well as providing regulatory information about the government's imminent code of practice.
James Lowman, chief executive of the ACS, said: "CCTV is crucial to many retailers and this guide will help them optimism its value, providing staff and customers with peace of mind and deterring criminals."
He added that retailers looking to install new CCTV systems should be mindful of the new code of practice.
Alastair Thomas from the Home Office Police Transparency Unit, who launched the new guide, explained the government's work on CCTV regulation was being prepared under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.