Aim is to positively impact crime rates

Insurers will have to encourage their business customers to install CCTV under proposals at present before Parliament.

The Closed Circuit Television (Monitoring and Promotion) Bill, introduced in October by Labour MP Tom Harris, requires insurers to promote an agreed code of practice governing the use of CCTV.

Speaking at its first reading this week, Harris said: “CCTV can have a positive impact on the fight against crime … but we have a duty to reassure our citizens that such monitoring is not only effective but worth the investment.”

The Bill also introduces a set of basic standards covering the installation and use of CCTV.

Its second reading is planned for 6 November.