Do You Need A Bullet Camera?

February 25th, 2022

Some home or business owners in Chico, CA may be thinking about investing in a security camera system. This is always a very wise investment and can act as a great deterrence for crime to even occur on your property. However, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for security camera needs. 

Depending on what kind of security coverage you’re thinking of and even the location, the type of security camera you choose will be a factor. Here, we’re going to look at the bullet camera, and show which types of security needs benefit most from this class of camera. 

What Is A Bullet Camera? 

The security bullet camera gets its name from its shape. While modern cameras don’t precisely resemble the bullets of old, they do still have a pretty close resemblance to shotgun shells, for example, but in general, these are longer tubular cameras. They are also occasionally referred to as “lipstick cameras.” 

The bullet camera is, thanks to its proliferation around the world, the accepted “image” of what a security camera should look like. This means, for deterrence purposes, that people recognize the threat it represents to criminals and makes it plainer that an area covered by these cameras, will be more difficult to succeed at criminal acts without leaving photographic evidence behind. 

An Ideal Outdoor Choice 

One of the chief features of bullet cameras is that they are built to be durable. Not only can they continue to operate at very hot, or sub-zero temperatures, the presence of humidity, or even rain or snow doesn’t interfere with their ability to function. In other words, bullet cameras are designed to tolerate all the varying conditions of outdoor placement. 

This can be especially important for things like parking lot security, where cameras are often nakedly exposed to all the elements. There’s no point in investing in extensive security coverage if it won’t work for a few months out of the year because of winter or heavy rains. 

Versatile Installation 

One of the best things about modern bullet cameras is just how easy they are to install. The various mounting bracket systems guarantee that there will always be a way to place a camera exactly where you want it. However, unlike the bullet cameras of old, today’s cameras run on batteries and are wireless, giving you even more placement options. 

In the past, bullet cameras needed electrical power from wiring and had to transmit their images through cables to a central, dedicated security room. This was one of the reasons why, in the 20th century, only big businesses could afford a security camera system. Today’s bullet cams, however, are not only easier to install, with fewer infrastructure demands, but they are also cheaper too. The images can be stored online so that you can view them through any device, such as a phone, or they can be routed to a computer of your choice. 

Contact Us Today

Bullet cameras for outdoor security are a great choice to make for any home or business owner in Chico, CA. If you’d like to know more about how bullet cameras can protect your property, contact us. We can find the bullet camera solution for you. 


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"I had the Alibi system installed several years ago. It has functioned flawlessly. The image quality is exellent both night and day and in all weather conditions. I particularly like the replay (which can be set at various speeds) and zoom functions of the system. Tech support from Crimefreeliving has been excellent. I have received quick responses to questions, and timely home visits — as when I changed IP carriers and my Alibi system needed to be reset. I have recommended Crimefreeliving to several friends."


"As a small business owner here in Chico we definitely saw the need for video surveillance. After expressing our needs and concerns Tim did an excellent job getting us set up with the set up with the appropriate equipment. He really took the time to address our concerns in a very friendly, professional and knowledgeable manner. I highly recommend Tim for all of your business and residential video surveillance needs."

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D. Weseman, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

Crime Free Living updated our old video system with a new 16 Channel HD Alibi Video Security System. The old system had been added onto by different installers which resulted in a cabling mess. There were cables that worked and cables that went nowhere. It was a mess. Tim sorted it all out and installed cameras that are very clear. He also installed a monitor for our cashiers to watch hidden areas, a monitor to watch the entry door, and a monitor that allows employees to watch the outside parking and gas pump area. All work was done on time and very professional! Will always recommend Tim and Crime Free Living.

S. AM PM Chico Arco Station

"I had Tim install an Alibi Video Security System at my residence and a couple business locations. The remote view option is invaluable to absentee owners or anyone who travels a lot. The clarity and quality of the cameras have allowed for viewing employee theft. The evidence provided from the HD video cameras was fantastic! Tim was professional and provided extra value from his law enforcement background."

J. Folsom Arco Station

"Tim, I want to thank you again for doing such a fantastic job on installing a wireless IP security camera system at our dream home. The extra time that you took to hide wires, and install a clean, professional system is much appreciated. I still can’t believe the clarity, quality, and ease of use of this new system. I wished that I would have met you before our original inferior system was installed by another company. Now, whether I am at home, or monitoring the system from around the world, I know that my home and family are safe and sound."

John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

Tieka and Don S.

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

Steve D., Down Range Indoor Training Center

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators