About our CCTV Systems

CCTV systems are perfect for helping defend your home or business against criminals. Investing in a CCTV camera for your home is now a realistic option thanks to advances in the technology behind how a CCTV system can be connected into the home environment. For businesses, better CCTV can help you to gain more control over your business; from safety management to productivity improvement.

Read our CCTV FAQs below or contact us to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a huge variety of systems available. Work on the basis that whatever you need there is a solution - budgets are the only limiting factor. Allcooper can install systems for homes, businesses and large organisations that can be both standalone or monitored by a Video Monitoring Centre. We have a wide choice of cameras - internal, external, vandal resistant, heat sensitive, covert, domes, conventional cameras and more.

CCTV now has gone into the digital age with IP (internet protocol) being the standard medium - providing HD (High Definition) images and built-in analytics.

Surveillance images are recorded to a NVR (Network Video Recorder). On larger sites we can sometimes use servers with directory servers for better storage management. Essentially, the longer you want to keep the images, and the higher quality recording you have, and the more cameras you have will increase the storage capacity of the machine. The larger the storage capacity, the more expensive the recorder, so it’s a critical calculation. Fortunately, our Surveyors take all these factors, and calculate them to provide the correct solution for your system.
It really depends on the results of our survey. We always recommend an element of contingency, so that you can add an extra camera, without having to purchase another expensive recorder.

New technology means that we can record images to your own existing IT hardware via a piece of software known as a Network Video Recorder (NVR). This kind of solution requires the full support of your IT professionals to execute securely and effectively, but removes the cost of having a standalone DVR. NVRs also support megapixel cameras that provide High Definition (HD) images, due to the fact images are recorded through computer networks, which allow for quicker and greater data transfer.
Yes. We can replace your existing VCR for a DVR or NVR. This is very cost effective.
A NVR is much more flexible. You can search very quickly for incidents. It’s essentially the same as the difference between a music tape and a CD. All NVRs have a log of events, which you can view either via a dedicated keyboard and monitor, or some systems have the capacity to be viewed via a PC. The incidents can be saved to a CD or DVD, or even emailed.
There are literally thousands of different types of camera. Whatever your application, we will specify the correct camera for you. It’s a specialist skill and it is a very fast moving technology. What’s also good is that the costs are coming down, for even the very best cameras.
Some systems can be configured and programmed to carry out patrols. Other systems have movement sensors linked into them. When someone is detected, the camera will move to a pre-set position.
During the day, just about any camera, if properly set up will record number plates. However, at night the car lights play havoc with the camera’s light sensitive chip. What you really need is a specialist camera that only records reflected infra-red light, which means it can read each and every number plate irrespective of weather conditions. More advanced options are ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) systems, which match number plates to databases and automatically open gates and barriers, or send alerts.
Again, this depends on local lighting conditions, your requirements and the effect of light pollution. We have options across the board. The latest infrared lights are fantastic as they use little power because they are LED technology. They also last up to 20x longer than conventional IR lights.
Probably infrared; this way burglars cannot see anything, and light pollution is minimised.
It depends on your systems, but essentially you can, if your IT Manager gives your system an IP address. In fact anyone with the correct authorisation can view it. Be careful here though. Some manufacturers offer their software for free, and others charge. We think that firms that charge for their software are likely to spend more time and resources developing it, which may be a better option in the long run.
Normally, if you can view the cameras on your network, you can view them on the internet. You can even view them on your smartphone via specifically-designed Apps. However, it’s important to know that you’ll need a fast and reliable broadband connection for decent images.
Unfortunately, technology hasn't reached the point when CCTV cameras can see through a balaclava. Think of a camera as an extra pair of eyes - if you can't see someone, neither can the camera. However, recording footage on CCTV can still be a valuable tool. For example, as your camera will capture the precise time and date that an incident took place, this information that could still help the Police with an investigation. If you want to know as soon as someone is picked up by a camera, you can consider a monitored CCTV system. Have a look at our CCTV page for further info.
Yes they can, and what’s more, they never sleep, protect the whole property and typically pay for themselves (ROI) in around 18 months.
Yes they can. Our Video Receiving Centre can have two-way conversations with your people, as if we were actually on site.
More than ever - for reliable, cost effective security, nothing comes close.

Help and support

If you need further advice on your systems and can’t find the answer here in our FAQ, please call our team on 01452 372626 or email service@allcooper.com