Originally Posted by El Bastardo
Yeah they are allowed to refuse. If you have a security camera and a sign on the door stating that customers are under surveillance it would be implied consent that their image will be captured.
That image, in turn, is property of the storekeeper and can be reproduced (within reason) for non-commercial purposes.
Basically it means that if the customer enters the store they know they're on camera. If they get caught doing crazy shit or even suspected the owner can post a pic saying "Suspect!" in plain (and embarrassing) view.
Unfortunately the Privacy Act does not allow that and the store can get in trouble if caught. I have seen some liquor stores post some pictures of thieves at their front doors but those have been removed now.
Also if you are arresting someone. They need to know why they are being arrested and they need to know their rights as well. So you have to read them the charter and warning card Sec 10(a) and 10(b). Basically it tells them why they are under arrest. They have the right to call a lawyer or legal aid. Ask them if they want a lawyer, and then the official warning is that anything the say may be given in evidence. If they were not told of their rights the charges will be thrown out in court.
Yes I work as an LPO, and I have made hundreds of arrests working at my store as well as a couple as a "customer" of other stores that I happened to be at when I saw someone shoplifting.