Is It Illegal For My Neighbour To Record Me In My Garden?

If your neighbour is recording you from a mobile device, then this is against the law and should be reported.

Neighbour Recording & CCTV Issues
Neighbour Recording & CCTV Issues

But, if your neighbour has installed a CCTV system, and it is recording your house, garden or porch then you can take steps to have the recording device removed or repositioned.

The Uk law is clear you cannot record someone on their property. It is as simple as that!

Are You Installing A CCTV System?

If you are thinking of installing a CCTV system, then check with your neighbour before you do so!

Discussion and openness can calm the situation, and you can come up with a verbal agreement on direction ETC.

Remember that a CCTV system can help protect yours and your neighbour’s property, so be smart about any recording device!

  1. Contact your local council or police station on matters of harassment
  2. Discuss the issue with your neighbour, especially if you are installing your system!
  3. Come to a verbal agreement on the direction of the device

Making a complaint

If you feel your neighbour is recording you for no reason and you think your rights have been ignored, you should contact the local police station or council offices and make a complaint.

When it comes to surveillance systems, you can contact a solicitor and have them send a letter of complaint.

With the high volume of installation of CCTV systems, this question is one of the most common we receive here at Wezaggle.

Depending on your relationship with your neighbour, discuss the angle and recording times.

Another solution would be to share the storage device so you can use it also!

But at the end of the day recording your neighbour can land you with a fine or prosecution depending on the seriousness of the matter!

20 thoughts on “Is It Illegal For My Neighbour To Record Me In My Garden?”

  1. My neighbour has recently put up cctv. The camera points into my kitchen and dining room. I’m uncomfortable with this. Any advice? Is this even legal?

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    • Hey Janet,

      Your neighbour should not be recording you in your own home. This is an invasion of your privacy, you should speak with your neighbour if that does not work or they are not approachable then contact your council or a local police station.

      Hope this helps

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    • Like this story says talk to your neighbour about it or call your local police or council to make a complaint.

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    • Sounds like you have neighbours like mine Cretins. So you should be uncomfortable, it is illegal. The UK law is apparently clear !!

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      • Hi Sue

        Is it actually illegal for a neighbour to have his CCTV pointed at the areas where I am? It’s not inside its outside and especially with the hot weather we have been having I have felt really uncomfortable sun bathing which I shouldn’t in my own garden. He creeps me out and Iive on my own! I phoned the police and was told to take it up with the landlord! Are they just passing the buck?
        Thanks
        H x

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      • Speak to the police
        It’s a breach of your human rights to privacy. The police should advise you about this. I’ve read the CCTV laws for the UK and pointing cameras into your property is a breach of HR.

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    • Hi Janet
      That sounds so wrong.. I am having a similar issue with my creepy neighbour that has his CCTV directly outside on my car, where I walk to the refuge area and where I have been sunbathing. I was told to contact this number 0303123113 as it sounds like your neighbour is breaking data protection! Good luck Janet. I hope you get this sorted because this is not legal. I have also been given the advice to get a letter sent from a solicitor. I’m not sure how much that would cost or it could possibly be free if you go through the right channels. Please phone the number and get some advice. They deal with all the legal aspects of CCTV. Keep me posted if you want/can
      Hxx

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  2. What do you do when the police allow your neighbour to record you? He told the police I vandalised his car and beat up a member of their family. Complete lie, what can I do?

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    • Explain your story calmly and keep a diary. Explain how you did not do this and gain evidence. It all depends on the police attitude.
      You can ask for a sergeant to help

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    • This is an illegal breach of privacy and slander. You may need to get a solicitor to get involved if the police days it’s civil crime.
      Get a injunction to remove the video
      Also where is it hosted? Report to Facebook

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  3. Our neighbour recorded us using her mobile phone and then posted it to Facebook with a pack of lies what can I do

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    • This is an illegal breach of privacy and slander. You may need to get a solicitor to get involved if the police days it’s civil crime.
      Get a injunction to remove the video
      Also where is it hosted? Report to Facebook

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  4. My neighbours boyfriend has been using his phone to film us in our backyard climbing up on a 6 foot fence intimating us and invading our privacy still waiting for police to get back to us

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    • My wife has also been recorded by our neighbour last week.he’s a bloody peeping Tom.admittedly I’d like to go round there and knock his lights out but that probably land me with GBH so trying to look at other legal alternatives.Problem being my wife doesn’t want me to go to the police ???!!- don’t know what to do ?

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      • Hi Nick

        I have the same problem with my neighbour watching/filming me all the time – it’s intimidated me to the point where I feel I can’t even step into my own garden to hang washing. After 2 years, I’ve finally reported it to the Police this week – there’s no other option, or these creeps never stop

        Good luck!

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  5. my neighbour is a tool his cctv is the movable kind it not only films my garden it films the street and other neighbours it’s situated above their bedroom window

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  6. Hi, can you please share the UK legislation/law reference which prohibits someone shooting my garden via a mobile phone. My neighbours keep doing that frequently and even after bringing this to Police’s attention, nothing has been done.

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  7. Neighbour that stays above me has a camera in her front window and it’s pointing into my front garden she has been recording me going in and out of my house for months any advice on how to stop it

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