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Bullet CCTV cameras

CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) cameras play a very important role when it comes to securing your property against threats such as burglaries and intrusions. Considered one of the best security solutions for residential as well as commercial properties, surveillance security systems are one of the most effective crime deterrents.

In addition to being a crime deterrent, CCTV cameras record video of any incident in the event of a crime which can be used later on as evidence to catch the perpetrators. Knowing that they’ll be caught on camera scares criminals away from properties under CCTV surveillance and they are likely to think twice before doing something unlawful.

There are a variety of CCTV cameras to choose from. They include:

Each type comes with its own set of advantages and limitations, and selecting the right one for your property is crucial in order to get the most out of the surveillance system.

Bullet cameras are one of the most common types of CCTV cameras you will find in the market and they are suitable for a variety of applications.

Read on to find out more about bullet CCTV cameras, their different types, their advantages and disadvantages, how to choose the right CCTV camera for your security needs, and much more:

WHAT IS A BULLET CCTV CAMERA?

Bullet CCTV cameras get their name from their distinct shape that resembles a bullet. Known for their long outside casing, they have a noticeable presence and act as a visible deterrent against security threats.

They can operate both indoors and outdoors, and due to their long shape, bullet CCTV cameras have the capacity to house a larger lens making them a great option for installing outdoors and providing detailed footage even over a great distance.

Bullet CCTV cameras are commonly used in parking lots, schools, hotels, hallways, hospitals, libraries, airports, manufacturing sites, and traffic intersections.

HOW DO BULLET CCTV CAMERAS WORK?

Bullet CCTV cameras work just like any other type of surveillance camera. The overall process is the same, although it varies depending on the features the system has and the type of components used.

The CCTV camera needs to be strategically placed in an ideal position in order to record footage and transmit it digitally to a display monitor which facilitates both real-time viewing as well as past footage.

The system is made up of components such as the camera, wiring, video storage device, monitor, management system and, in some cases, access control systems for a more holistic security approach.

When recording the footage, the camera first takes multiple pictures in a continuous sequence and then sends them wirelessly to the system through a wired or internet connection. These images are then turned into a video by combining them and can be viewed on the monitor.

The CCTV system can have different features, with some having the ability to zoom in and out of the frame through changes in the focal length and lens used.

Although a basic camera can get the job done just as well and can be bought at an affordable price, advanced features such as night vision, thermal imaging, and number plate recognition can provide more security in comparison. They can further be divided into wired and wireless CCTV cameras.

TYPES OF BULLET CCTV CAMERAS

There are several types of bullet CCTV cameras to choose from. They include:

Mini bullet CCTV cameras:

These are basically bullet cameras that are smaller in size, hence the name. They typically have wider viewing angles and are used for surveillance purposes for shorter distances.

They are easy to install, come with mounting brackets and can be positioned in a way to create the perfect viewing angle. Due to their size and features, they are ideal for entrances and smaller areas outside a property.

Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) bullet CCTV cameras:

PTZ cameras are different in the sense that they can be remotely adjusted by panning, tilting, and zooming the lens to change its direction and put a certain area into focus.

Depending on the model of the PTZ bullet camera, it features flexible viewing angles due to the body of the camera being positioned in virtually any angle and direction. Due to their flexibility, they are an excellent choice for covering large areas such as parking lots.

Outdoor bullet CCTV cameras:

Outdoor bullet cameras, as the name suggests, are specifically used for outdoor surveillance. They are highly effective at deterring threats because of how visible they are.

They are also ideal for night-time surveillance, with IR (infrared) bullet cameras also featuring night vision. However, outdoor bullet cameras are more prone to being tampered with since they are easier to access.

IP bullet CCTV cameras:

IP bullet cameras are wireless and provide video surveillance over either an ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. Depending on the type of system, they will connect to a DVR (digital video recorder) system on the premises or to a cloud-based storage system over the internet.

Although these systems are efficient and flexible, they can be prone to security vulnerabilities due to out-of-date software and a lack of precautionary measures.

Analogue bullet CCTV cameras:

Analogue bullet cameras use on-site DVRs and transmit the recorded footage to them via coaxial cables for the footage to be converted to digital format.

In order to view the footage, the DVR needs to be connected to a monitor or router so that it can be broadcasted through an internal network. With digital CCTV cameras taking over the market, analogue systems are widely considered an outdated form of security.

ADVANTAGES OF BULLET CCTV CAMERAS

Bullet CCTV cameras are one of the most commonly used cameras in residential as well as commercial properties. Here are a few of their advantages and reasons why you must install them for maximum protection:

Noticeable presence:

CCTV cameras can either be a hidden or visible deterrent. Due to their shape and size, bullet CCTV cameras are easy to spot and have a very noticeable presence. Their large bodies make them more distinguishable and highly effective at deterring criminals.

Larger lens:

Due to their size and shape, bullet CCTV cameras are capable of housing a larger lens which is ideal for covering larger areas over longer distances such as in parks, parking lots, airports, and roads. For shorter distances such as traffic intersections, mini bullet cameras are the ideal choice due to their wide-angle lens.

Easier to install: 

Compared to other types of CCTV cameras, bullet cameras are easier to install due to the mounting handle attached to the camera’s body. They can be easily mounted to a wall without having to remove any cover and also often have flexible positioning making them easier to move and reposition when required.

Weatherproof:

Since bullet cameras are also used outdoors, they are designed to be weatherproof as well as weather resistant so that they can continue providing security despite the weather conditions. Outdoor bullet CCTV cameras usually carry an IP rating and come with integrated temperature gauges and heaters to allow them to work even in extreme temperatures.

High resolution:

Bullet cameras come in a variety of resolutions depending on their make and model. Most bullet cameras these days come with a fairly high resolution that offers clearer pictures with more detail. The higher the resolution, the better the image and video quality.

Night vision:

most bullet CCTV cameras have night vision features that allow monitoring to continue even during the dark. They come equipped with infrared (IR) illuminators and, coupled with their long range, can provide great night-time surveillance.

License plate recognition:

bullet cameras can be used in a variety of applications, one of which is license plate recognition. Due to their larger lens, built-in IR illuminators, and protective covers, bullet CCTV cameras can effectively detect license plates and are ideal for the purpose.

DISADVANTAGES OF BULLET CCTV CAMERAS

Bullet CCTV cameras are a great option for surveillance purposes and can be used in a variety of places. However, depending on the area under surveillance and the security requirements, a bullet CCTV camera may or may not be the ideal choice.

There are a few things that you need to consider before installing one on your property. Here are a few drawbacks of using bullet CCTV cameras on your property:

  • They do not easily blend in with the surroundings.
  • Since they are visible, they can easily be vandalised and repositioned by passers-by.
  • They may attract birds and small animals to make nests on the camera.
  • The main cable is visible and may need additional brackets to conceal it in order to avoid any damage to it.
  • Since IR rays can cause the camera to malfunction, IR bullet cameras cannot be placed near reflective surfaces.
  • Transmission issues may occur when using wireless bullet cameras, affecting the visuals and recordings.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CCTV CAMERA FOR YOUR PROPERTY?

Finding the right CCTV camera for your home or business is very important as it determines how effectively the system will work in providing you with the best security.

For some, bullet CCTV cameras might be the best option, while for some, they may be the completely wrong choice.

With so many types of CCTV cameras to choose from and so many features and capabilities to consider, here are a few important things you need to keep in mind before making the decision:

Area of surveillance

The first thing to consider when you choose the best CCTV camera for your security needs is where you want to install it – indoors or outdoors. While most cameras are designed for use both inside and outside, not all are built for the purpose.

If you want to place the camera outside, you need to make sure it can withstand varying temperatures and environmental factors.

Size of the location

The size of the area you wish to cover and how big it is will determine the type of CCTV camera best suited to your needs. In the case of a bullet camera, you can choose between a regular one and a mini one based on the size of the area of surveillance.

PTZ cameras could also be a great option that provides more flexibility and allows you to use a single camera instead of several static ones.

Privacy

CCTV cameras can either be a hidden deterrent or a visible deterrent. Each has its pros and cons with hidden cameras being safer and more protected from tampering and vandalism, and visible cameras much better at scaring away potential criminals.

If you want your CCTV camera to be more discreet, a bullet camera may not be the best choice due to its big size and long body. If you wish for something more discreet, dome cameras may be a better option.

Video quality

The video quality for surveillance cameras may vary depending on their resolution. High-resolution cameras provide better picture quality and are best suited for areas that are prone to theft and burglaries for identification purposes.

However, since they are more expensive, you need to survey the area where you need to install the camera and assess the quality you require. For smaller spaces such as offices, you may not need to invest in a very high-resolution CCTV camera.

Scalability

When installing CCTV cameras, you need to think about your future needs as well and choose a scalable system.

If you plan on adding more cameras to your surveillance system in the future, IP cameras that connect over a wireless network are a better option instead of traditional CCTV cameras that are hard-wired and difficult to scale.

Other features to look for when choosing a CCTV camera for your property include:

  • Storage – You have the option of storing the recorded footage on the cloud or using local storage such as a microSD card inside the camera or an external hard drive.
  • Motion detection – these are sensors that pick up on the slightest bit of movement and record any unusual activity that may be a threat to your security.
  • Notification alerts – some CCTV camera systems offer customised notifications sent to your smart devices so that you can be alerted every time the camera picks up on something unusual.
  • Audio – some CCTV cameras come with a built-in microphone that records audio along with video footage. There are, however, certain legal requirements that you need to abide by when it comes to audio surveillance.
  • Advanced features – some advanced features include facial recognition and pet-friendliness which help make the system more efficient.
  • Integrations – CCTV cameras can be integrated with other security systems such as burglar alarms, access control systems, smart security lights, and fire alarms to provide a more holistic approach to your property’s security.

To get the most out of your bullet CCTV camera, you must have it installed by a skilled and certified professional. A professional installer will not only help you choose the right CCTV camera for your security needs but also determine the ideal installation position to capture the best angles.

It is also very important to regularly maintain the CCTV camera to make sure it keeps working as it should. Regular maintenance includes the users keeping the system clean by gently wiping it with a cloth and removing any obstructions, as well as professional maintenance which involves a system specialist servicing the camera and all of its components to minimise any potential issues from arising.

CONTACT CALDER SECURITY

Calder Security offers a comprehensive solution for CCTV cameras that are state-of-the-art and comply with CCTV laws and regulations.

We understand the special security and safety needs of various properties and offer professional installation services for CCTV systems bespoke to each property.

We are expert SSAIB-approved security system installers and supply only high-quality CCTV equipment from trusted brands such as Hikvision, one of the world’s leading CCTV manufacturers.

We conduct every aspect from surveys, design, specification, and installation ourselves, and our professional repair and maintenance services ensure that your CCTV systems work in optimal condition all year round, guaranteeing effectiveness and compliance with the law.

We also offer professional CCTV monitoring services that help detect criminal activity and security breaches as they are in progress for the appropriate action to be taken, even when the property is empty.

Contact us here or call us on 0800 612 9799 to talk to our security experts right away!

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