There is a marked difference between the two most common types of CCTV cameras on the market: bullet and dome cameras. You may have been motivated to learn about these by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan; on his retirement in 2015, he urged businesses and homeowners alike to install CCTV on their properties in a bid to help detectives catch burglars.

A 2013 study by the British Security Industry Association showed that for every one state-owned security camera, there are 70 private ones; considering industry trends, it’s entirely likely that private CCTV use has risen considerably since then. If you’re thinking of enhancing the security of your property with CCTV cameras, your first thought should be about the different available options you have.

Read on to find out the details behind the different types of cameras, and the benefits they bring. As the selection of the right security equipment is a very complicated process that demands expertise and experience in the field, it is always advisable that you enlist the services of a security expert. Here at Bridger Security, we offer free and no-obligation onsite surveys where our security experts will assess the needs of your property and suggest the right CCTV security equipment tailored to your needs.

What is a bullet camera?

A bullet camera protrudes forward from a wall bracket, in a conical fashion resembling a rifle bullet, hence the name.

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Advantages of bullet cameras

The shape and protrusion of bullet cameras makes them more likely to be noticed—ideal for those hoping to discourage vandalism and criminality simply by the presence of a camera on their property. Due to their shape, bullet cameras usually tend to have a longer range, as a longer, more powerful lens can be fitted in most cases which makes them ideal for monitoring large spaces outside. That being said, there are dome cameras that also feature an extensive view range.

What is a dome camera?

Often found in bars, shopping centres and even buses, dome cameras are versatile and unobtrusive, making them a popular choice for indoor use.

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Advantages of dome cameras

Thanks to a technique called ‘dome housing’, the actual camera inside the dome can be hidden by tinted glass, meaning those passing by cannot tell which way the camera is facing at any time. Dome camera shells are particularly hard to vandalise due to their shape, and thus less likely to be broken. This means criminals will find it more difficult to obscure or damage the camera itself.

Due to their small size and more understated appearance, many larger business properties opt to install multiple dome cameras around their property for a comprehensive view of their premises.


Dome and bullet CCTV cameras can have night vision infrared capability

Whilst you may think that having CCTV installed for your business or home would be enough to provide peace of mind, there are other considerations to take into account if you are looking for comprehensive protection. For example, both dome and bullet CCTV cameras can have night vision infrared capability, allowing them to capture video in situations where the naked eye would be otherwise blind.

These cameras can capture footage of any theft or vandalism taking place outside of your property. A criminal may assume that they are acting under cover of darkness, but infrared footage can provide vital evidence to identify any unauthorised activity.


Dome and bullet cameras both work with DVRs

A digital video recorder (DVR) is an important part of a long-term CCTV security solution. To many people, a DVR is just something that sits underneath a TV waiting to record your favourite shows; however, they are even more vital to the storage of CCTV video footage for later use. There are rules and regulations on the legal way to record and store CCTV footage; for more information, refer to our guide on the legal requirements of CCTV.

To further discuss CCTV installation or arrange a free on-site survey, contact Bridger Security today.