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Security legislation, regulation and standards

Intruder regulation, standards and policy are put in place to ensure that your system is installed, maintained and monitored to a standard that is acceptable to both the police and insurance companies.

Chubb currently install security systems to comply with the following: 


PD 6662 Scheme for the application of European standards for intrusion and hold-up alarm systems in the UK

BS 8243 Installation and configuration of intruder and hold-up alarm systems designed to generate confirmed alarm conditions

BS 9263 Intruder and hold-up alarm systems – commissioning, maintenance and remote support

BS EN 50131-1 Alarm systems, intrusion and hold-up systems, system specific requirements

All intruder and hold-up alarm systems installed within the European Union must meet fundamental standards in order to be accepted by insurance companies and to be allowed to summon a police response. The European standard applicable to intruder and hold-up alarms is the EN 50131 series.

Each country in Europe often has its own individual requirements which alarm systems must also comply with. In the UK these additional standards are represented by the PD6662, BS8243 and BS9263 standards.

Reducing false alarms

In addition the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), previously ACPO, have a policy for alarms that initiate a police response. This is designed to reduce the number of false alarms and the resulting strain on police resources. The emphasis is on the use of alarm confirmation technology and police response will be reduced or completely withdrawn if a system repeatedly generates false alarms. To apply for Police response or to have it reinstated, a security system must incorporate alarm confirmation technology. Scotland have a variation of this policy in place.

Chubb obtain Police Unique Reference Numbers (URN’s), which enable police response ,for the systems installed on behalf of its customers where required.

Chubb currently install and maintain access control systems to comply with the following;


NCP 109 NSI Code of Practice for design, installation and maintenance of access control systems.

Chubb currently access control systems to comply with the following;


NCP 104 NSI Code of Practice for the design installation and maintenance of CCTV systems.

BS EN 50132-7 Alarms systems, CCTV surveillance systems for use in security applications

Additionally we have recently been permitted to install to BS 8418

BS 8418 Installation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems code of practice.

Installation to this code will grant customers guaranteed police response, Chubb are the only national security company with BS 8418 accreditation.

Data Protection Act (DPA)

It is a legal requirement for operators of surveillance cameras to adhere to the Data Protection Act. Chubb can advise if the DPA is applicable to you, but please be aware it is your responsibility as the owner/operator of a CCTV system to comply.


For further information download the Chubb CCTV and the DPA Flyer: CCTV and the DPA

BS 5979 Remote centres receiving signals from fire and security systems.

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