CCTV & Security Solutions


CCTV & Security

Soft Sell offer an extensive range of security solutions including CCTV, door access and alarm systems, for both business and the educational sectors. We can provide the complete service from consultation, design, installation, monitoring and maintenance, to ensure a reliableprofessional service and efficient security for either your school/business.

CCTV is now seen as an essential part of a modern society, therefore more businesses and schools are benefitting from having the very latest state of the art security equipment installed on their premises.

CCTV Benefits

There are many benefits of using a CCTV security system. Some are obvious, others less so. In our experience our clients report a number of immediate and tangible benefits after having a CCTV system installed. 

The most common benefits that get reported to us are:

Increased deterrent– CCTV systems are a great deterrent to potential thieves. Once they realise that your school or business is protected by a closed circuit television system they invariably choose to go somewhere else.

Safer working environment– CCTV helps to ensure adherence to health and safety policies and can be invaluable in staff training.

Reduced retail theft– shop lifters deliberately target businesses with poor security and will think twice if there is an increased risk they may be caught on camera.

Increased detection– the prosecution rates for schools/businesses & home owners using CCTV is many times higher than that for those without CCTV. If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime at least there will be a strong chance of detection and conviction.

Eliminate fraudulent insurance claims– in an increasingly litigious society is has never been more important to protect your school/business against claims that are not legitimate. CCTV can eliminate this and reduce your premiums.

Remote monitoring– keep an eye on your school/home or business when you aren’t there. All our CCTV systems can be viewed and controlled remotely over the internet (via an iPhone, laptop etc). In addition to this, we can provide an independent 24/7 monitoring service.

Reduced fear of crime– knowing you are well protected gives a feeling of security that should not be underestimated (ask anyone who has been burgled how they felt immediately after it occurred).

Receive warnings in advance– CCTV systems can alert you of any suspicious activity (via text or email), enabling you to view what’s happening and if necessary notify the police BEFORE a crime has been committed.

Increased professionalism– CCTV is an excellent staff training tool.

Staff protection– CCTV is perfect for preventing assaults and false claims of misconduct (ideal for schools, hospitals etc.)


School CCTV Systems

Soft Sell are specialists in the design and installation of bespoke security solutions and school CCTV systems. The introduction of a professional CCTV system into your school will produce a number of major benefits to your educational environment. Whilst the introduction of any surveillance systems into an environment with children can be quite an emotive subject, those schools that have CCTV state that the benefits far out-way any initial negative feelings that they might have had.

Improved educational attainment– many head teachers have found that the introduction of CCTV into their school has led to a measurable improvement in student’s concentration and productivity resulting in significant improvements in educational attainment.

Increased deterrent– CCTV systems are a great deterrent. Schools using CCTV state that after installation, incidents of poor and antisocial behaviour drop dramatically.

Increased detection– if your school is unfortunate enough to be a target of crime, vandalism or antisocial behaviour, there will be a strong chance of detection (and conviction if appropriate).

Increased staff professionalism– CCTV should not be feared by teachers as it is an excellent training tool.  Reviewing footage of a lesson can allow teachers to look at their performance more objectively and consider ways of improving their lessons.  Many teachers have stated that they have learnt a great deal from reviewing their own performance and that it can be very useful to ask other teachers how they would have handled a particular classroom situation.

Staff protection– CCTV is perfect for preventing assaults and false claims of misconduct.  It can also be a very important tool when liaising with parents about the behaviour of their children. 

Reduced of student fear– knowing you are well protected gives a feeling of security to students and teachers alike and can be VERY effective in helping to eliminate bullying etc.

Install now pay later– If you are a government funded organisation, then many of our products are available on a lease basis.  Find out more about our CCTV leasing packages.

Whilst students are often initially against the idea of the introduction of CCTV, they soon forget the cameras are there, and realise that the CCTV system is only relevant if their behaviour becomes unacceptable. 

To discuss your security requirements in more detail and to arrange your free security consultation call us on 01254 668975


CCTV Leasing – Install Now, Pay Later


For those businesses and schools that qualify for it, acquiring CCTV and other capital equipment on a lease basis can make good financial sense (ask any accountant). Here are a few of the reasons why you may want to consider acquiring your CCTV system on a business lease:


Improved cash flow– Instead of one larger payment, the cost of the acquisition is spread over a number of smaller regular payments. Try to remember that you do not make/save money from the ownership of equipment but rather from the use of it.

Cost efficient– in many cases, the financial benefit of having a CCTV system is significantly greater than its monthly cost (which effectively makes it free)

Tax benefits– Leasing payments may be offset against tax.

Fixed payments– Payments are fixed for the term of the contract. Customers are protected from changing interest rates, enabling accurate budgeting and cash flow projections.

Immediate access– your business can benefit from much needed equipment now. There is no need to wait until funds are available.

Soft Sell work with a number of the UK’s leading business and educational finance providers. If you are a Limited companyand have been trading for over 3 years, or are a registered DoE Educational establishmentthen there is a strong chance that you will qualify.


CCTV Installation Service

Every Soft SellCCTV installation has been specifically designed to meet our customers’ requirements. Our installation team are experienced computer network specialists and, can integrate your new CCTV system with your internal network and email systems. This will enable your new CCTV system to communicate with you via the internet wherever you are (via your iPhone, smart phone or other internet connected device). All installation work is carried out to the highest standards by fully insured professionals and out of hours installation can be arranged to avoid disruption to your business.

Because every installation is slightly different, it is impossible to provide an accurate CCTV quotation without a site survey. Before we provide a price, one of our local engineers will visit your premises to discuss your needs and make recommendations on how best to implement your security / CCTV system.

Soft Sellunderstand that discretion is often very important to our clients so our team only use unmarked vehicles.

To discuss your security requirements in more detail and to arrange your free security consultation call us on 01254 668975


Door Access Control


Why use access control? 

Access control allows you to control who has access to your building.Locks and keys also enable you to secure your building, but when keys are lost or stolen, the inconvenience and expense of replacing locks and re-issuing keys can be considerable. Keys may also be copied, creating even more security risks.

All businesses, whether small, medium or large, have assets that need to be protected from theft. There is also the issue of protecting staff and their property. It is common in buildings that are secured by locks and keys for doors to be left unlocked all day. This opens up the possibility of opportunist theft and malicious damage.

Electronic access control provides the most efficient and convenient way of securing your building and assets. Installing an access control system means that you will never have to change a lock again. Tokens are issued to allow access through the controlled doors, and are easily barred from the system if they are lost, stolen or just not returned by someone who leaves your company. Barred tokens will not allow access through the controlled doors.

Once an access control system is installed, all doors controlled by the system will automatically lock when the door is closed. Anyone without a PIN or access token is unable to enter. If necessary, doors may be set to unlock during a designated time frame.

Access control can also offer flexible control over users’ access rights. For example, all staff can gain access through the main door of a building, but access to internal areas may be restricted to those who have a specific need to be there. Access may also be restricted by time, only granting access to particular users at certain times of day or night.

Access control offers a secure, convenient, flexible and cost effective way of controlling who has access to your building and when that access is allowed. Access control gives organisations the security they need.

As an authorised Paxton Access installer we are able to offer a choice of the two types of access control systems manufactured by Paxton Access


1. Standalone access control

This type of system may be used to control access on one or many independent doors in a building. Access is gained by using a numeric code, or PIN with a keypad, or by presenting a proximity or magstripe token, depending on which type of reader is fitted.

These systems are programmed at each door. If tokens need to be barred or codes changed, this action must be completed at every door on the system.

Typical applications

  • Small business premises
  • Sports clubs
  • Storage units
  • Any small or medium sized site requiring access control

Standalone systems are great for smaller sites with a relatively small number of users, token management is simple, and the system can be extended easily as your requirements change.

2. PC based access control

Often referred to as 'PC based' or 'networked' access control, these systems may be used to control one or many doors in a building. Access is gained by using a numeric code, or PIN with a keypad, by presenting a proximity or magstripe token or by 'possession' with hands free tokens depending on which type of reader is fitted. PC based access control offers central control, via a network.

This means that commands given at the PC are sent to each of the doors. A token can be barred from all of the doors instantly. Another benefit of this type of system is flexible control, allowing you to grant different permissions for individuals or groups of users.

Reports may also be generated to see who went where and when. Many systems allow control of additional buildings via existing LAN/WAN. PC based systems are increasingly being used to control other services within buildings, for example intruder alarms, fire doors, lifts and lighting.

Typical applications

  • Small/medium premises
  • Large corporate premises
  • Multiple-site premises
  • Government buildings
  • Universities
  • Sports clubs
  • Car parks

PC based systems are great for medium to large sites as they make managing large numbers of doors and users easy. The system can be extended very easily, and advanced features such as event reporting and integration with CCTV and other systems make such a system much more than just a replacement for a bunch of keys.

Soft Sell are also authorised installers for Matrix Security Solutions, manufacturers of leading bio-metric access control and time attendance solutions.


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