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How long is video surveillance kept when a building has cameras?

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Is there a set time limit or is it kept forever if no reports to 911 was made that day (i.e could 3 months ago)

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    Each building has their own procedures. In my experience two weeks is the average I have seen.

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  2. I assume you mean just some private building, and the answer is really whatever the policy or method the building owner uses. Once, video tapes were just cycled, say, every week.. Most modern surveilance stores data on disc, and the owner may back up to "cloud" storage or otherwise. You or your attorney can find out from the building owners. Obviously, delay increases the chances that the data has been written over. You may need a subpeona, so contact an attorney in NYC.

    We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I accept a retainer, and we explictly agree to enter into representation.

  3. That is determined independently by each building owner/manager.
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  4. Each building has its own system and policies.

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.

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