Why Are Retailers Turning to a Hybrid Cloud Model?

September 24th, 2020

From employee theft, shoplifting and break-ins, to identity theft and inventory loss, retailers require a video security system that can record and store video evidence – without risk of it being tampered with or stolen. Learn why retailers are turning to a hybrid cloud video surveillance model to secure their video footage and securely protect their business.

What is a Hybrid Cloud Security System?

By deploying cloud-enabled cameras to your existing on-premise system, this ensures critical areas, like slippery surfaces and cash registers, are monitored with uninterrupted, off-premise storage. Adding a hybrid cloud model is an excellent option for retailers who want greater flexibility and security with their video footage.

Hybrid Cloud Security Benefit: Enhanced, Off-Premise Security 

Whether you operate from a single or multi-site retail business, cloud-enabled cameras can solve storage limitations and ensure your footage won’t be stolen or tampered with.

One of the most significant risks to retailers is data loss. Although an on-site recorder offers the benefit of a hands-on security system, it also causes greater vulnerability when it comes to your video evidence. Because your data is stored on-site, numerous factors can result in it being tampered with. Just one disgruntled employee or break-in can result in a damaged or destroyed recorder or your hardware malfunctioning – resulting in serious down-time while it gets replaced. From a security, liability, and compliance perspective, the replacement of hardware, labor costs, and lost time can result in both a short-term loss and long-term expense.

Alibi Cloud VS removes all the risks and vulnerabilities of an on-premise security system by providing a powerful off-premise solution for your video evidence. Once your cameras are installed, your data is transmitted to a tier-4 off-site data center, offering the same protection that major financial institutions use to store your banking information.

Hybrid Cloud Security Benefit: Stay in Compliance With Greater Flexibility   

Some industries have special considerations to adhere to when it comes to video security, like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) financial institutions and retail. Over time, adding more locations, increasing your staff, and broadening your service offerings requires a scalable solution to keep up with ever-changing compliance laws.

For businesses that don’t want to change their entire on-premise system for the cloud, the hybrid cloud model is ideal – providing you with the flexibility to add a few cloud cameras in areas where state law requires surveillance. As compliance laws change, or you add more locations, the cloud provides the flexibility to increase your cloud camera count when and where you need it.  

Hybrid Cloud Benefit: A Simplified Approach to Maintenance 

Ensuring your on-premise recorder is at optimal health during its life cycle requires server upgrades, security camera hardware and hard drive health monitoring for each location. As a retail business grows, this becomes a more complex and time-consuming undertaking from both an operational and financial perspective. 

Alibi Cloud VS solutions provide continuous operational upkeep for you. Because your data is managed in an off-site data center, there are no on-site recording devices to manage or firmware updates to maintain. Cloud VS dramatically reduces your up-front and operational costs from start to finish. Additionally, you’ll have access to our U.S. based support team who collectively has more than 100 years of experience in the security industry.  Eliminating these management requirements will provide you with more time to focus on running your business – while reducing your total cost of ownership.  

Deploy Cloud VS in your most critical areas, including:

  • Each cashier’s station or cash register where transactions are handled
  • Bar area, or any area where slippery floors are common, and slip-and-falls can occur
  • Entrances/exits
  • Parking lots
  • Management office
  • Outside the restrooms (common for shoplifters to grab, hide items under clothing and go)
  • Where valuables are kept (cash, pharmaceuticals, valuable items for sale)

About Alibi Cloud VS 

Alibi Cloud VS is a powerful and cost-effective way to secure your business. Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the Alibi Cloud offers 24/7 surveillance, remote accessibility, and unlimited cameras, users, and locations for an entirely scalable and streamlined solution.

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What Our Customers Say

"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."

Ron H., Owner/Auto Doctor

"I have to say I love having my security cameras at my home. Tim Truby did a wonderful job of installing the five cameras. He is very neat and cleaned everything up after the installation. He explained to me how to operate the monitor, my phone and IPad. However, I have had to call Tim because I'm not tech savvy and forget what he has told me. He usually just helps me over the phone and then all is well. I'm 80 years old and enjoy the comfort of knowing I have these security cameras."


"Tim Truby designed and installed a 32 camera system for us here at the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. We had received several other quotes from security system vendors, but Tim’s quote was the least expensive. Tim also installed the system quickly and has always been available when we needed him. We are very happy with our security camera system and we can highly recommend Tim Truby for all of your surveillance system needs."

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.

"I have been using Crime Free Living for the last couple years ar work and at home and I really recommend this product. Tim is a very good service provider. If he can't figure it out, he's got good tech support with the system that he offers."

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

images Certifications & Training

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