CCTV cameras are everywhere. Look around your local post office, cinema, grocery store, and even your favourite coffee shop, and you’ll likely spot a security camera or two. Residential properties, including both family homes and apartment buildings, are increasingly protected by the all-seeing eye of CCTV systems.
If you are looking to level up your home or business’s security, CCTV may be the answer. Security cameras are proven deterrents and encourage would-be thieves to move on. So, what is CCTV? What does CCTV mean? How does it work? And is it right for your property – commercial or residential?
Let’s find out. This is your ultimate guide to CCTV cameras.
What is CCTV?
CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. Put simply, that means the footage captured by CCTV systems is only visible on a selected group of private screens – it’s not broadcasted to the public.
CCTV cameras monitor all types of facilities: schools, offices, industrial premises, parks, shops, and other public spaces. Security cameras are also often installed in homes and apartment buildings to provide 24/7 surveillance.
How does CCTV work?
Here’s a quick overview of how CCTV works:
- Cameras within a CCTV system capture video footage.
- The video footage is transmitted to a recording device, typically a digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR). Footage is stored for a set period or indefinitely and can be retrieved if needed.
- The video footage is also sent to a monitor – whether that be a dedicated security screen, home computer, or even smartphone. The footage can be viewed in real-time.
Depending on the type of CCTV system, transmission occurs via coaxial cables, network cables, or wirelessly.
Benefits of CCTV cameras
The benefits of CCTV systems are undisputed. Let’s take a look at just three.
1. Security cameras deter criminals
No one wants to be caught on camera committing a crime, and the presence of CCTV can unnerve burglars. By equipping your commercial premises – or home for that matter – with an extensive, visible camera system, you are investing in crime prevention and protecting your most valuable assets.
2. CCTV supports prosecution in the event a crime does occur
High-quality, professionally installed, and properly maintained CCTV systems enable police to accurately identify and prosecute criminals. It’s hard to deny your involvement in a crime if there’s video footage.
In Australia, two-thirds of councils reported that local police had used security footage to identify an offender.
3. Security cameras provide peace of mind
The presence of security cameras helps people feel safe and at ease in public and commercial spaces. One study even found visible CCTV systems reminded people to take other security measures – for example, locking their car – further enhancing overall security and safety.
For business and homeowners, surveillance cameras offer peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing your property, family, and livelihood are protected to the best of your ability.
Types of CCTV cameras
You’ll find several different styles of CCTV cameras available on the market – many of which are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Here are three popular types and their unique advantages.
1. Bullet cameras
- The sleek design enables bullet security cameras to be installed in a wide range of areas, including on walls
- Thanks to their distinct shape, bullet cameras accommodate large lenses, giving them the longest range of any CCTV camera
- With motorised zoom and infrared options, bullet cameras capture high-quality footage day and night, making them ideal for outdoor use
2. Dome cameras
- The dome shape of these cameras allows for easy installation on ceilings, making them perfect for indoor use
- The wide-angle lens provides an expansive field of view, ideal for large rooms
- Easy-to-maintain, dome cameras are popular for areas that become dirty quickly, such as kitchens, warehouses, and other industrial spaces
3. IP cameras
- IP systems – also known as network cameras – are not actually CCTV, though they are often given that label
- IP cameras run on local area networks, whether that’s your company’s network or a new, dedicated network
- IP cameras offer many benefits, including more powerful search functions and greater wireless opportunities – many believe IP systems are the future of CCTV
Which type of CCTV camera is right for me?
Different systems are suitable for different applications – CCTV is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Which camera type is right for you will depend on several factors, such as whether you’d like surveillance inside or outside, the size and nature of your facility, and your budget.
When the stakes are high, it’s essential you seek professional guidance and invest in leading-edge technology. The team at Computer Cures is dedicated to delivering the highest industry standard of security systems. We follow a bespoke planning and installation process to ensure optimal results.
Plus, all of our cameras deliver the following essential features:
- High resolution and video clarity – video is capture in 1080p or 4K
- Exception night vision
- Optical zoom
- Motion sensing
- Sound recording abilities
- Wide-angle lenses with clear fields of vision
- Red night light and infrared extensions
Protect your home or business now
Don’t leave it up to chance. Crime is on the rise, and there’s never been a more important time to protect what matters most. Get started now by contacting our security experts for a personalised consultation. Call on 1300 553 166 – we’d be more than happy to provide tailored advice and custom security camera installation.