Is it legal to point a surveillance camera on my property pointed at a neighbor’s house for security reasons

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Is it legal to point a surveillance camera on my property pointed at a neighbor’s house for security reasons

My neighbor has been causing mischief in my front and back yard. I have called the police and filed police reports. Since he is continuing the mischief, I have installed surveillance cameras that

are pointing to his house and mine. Is this legal?

Asked on August 13, 2016 under Personal Injury, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In some states, just visually recording is not illegal so long as the camera is on your property. In other states, visual recording is legally permissable, however any audio recording is not. And in other states, all forms of recording (audio/visual) might result in the the owner of the suveillance camera facing criminal and/or civil penalties. That all having been said, any publically viewable areas such as front/back yards are not subject to any expectation of privacy. At this point, you may want them to check specific state law.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal: it is legal to video anything that can be seen legally from your own property, so if the camera is pointed at something or some area that you could see if you were standing were the camera is located, that is legal.


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