3 Ways Security Cameras Can Help Your Business

March 10th, 2022

Organizations, including those right here in Chico, have long been using CCTV systems to protect assets, employees, and clients. Luckily, security cameras have come a long way over the years, though. Older models often produced grainy, distorted, and hard to make out images. As such, thieves, vandals, and trespassers sometimes got off scot-free. However, today's cams offer high-definition recordings, which help police to identify suspects and throw them in jail.

Therefore, if your organization hasn't invested in the devices, perhaps, there has never been a better time than now. One can't be too careful when bottom lines, safety, and security are the primary topics of concern. So, interested parties should stay put and read on to learn how surveillance cameras can assist their Chico company. 

Nip Employee Theft In The Bud With Security Cameras

Not all threats come from external sources. Instead, on many occasions, members of a person's own team could be robbing them blind. Before installing cameras throughout the building, the company needs to develop a clear policy regarding surveillance. Leaders will also want to include the document in the employee handbook and have every worker sign off on it. After all, the last thing any corporation wants is to infringe upon a worker's privacy and get entangled in a lawsuit.

Once all of that good stuff is out of the way, the units can prove to be useful in catching dishonest employees in the act. Persons could be stealing office supplies, money, equipment, or even customer data. Regardless of what they are taking, the actions wind up costing the company money in one way or another. So, install cameras, if for nothing else, to weed the bad seeds from your ranks.

Use Cameras To Catch Shoplifters Quickly

Chico retailers have to worry about shoplifting as well as employee theft. According to an article published on money.com, these activities cost the United States retail industry approximately $49 billion in 2016. Yes, you read that right, $49 billion. Inventory shrinkage is often one of the main reasons for small businesses going bankrupt. However, by having high-quality security cameras watching cash registers and aisles, your loss prevention team can spring into action whenever issues arise.

With any luck, the representatives will be able to stop the criminals before they have the opportunity to leave the store. Then again, if a shoplifter does manage to get away, the footage can be turned over to the police to help officers identify the suspect and get them off the streets.

Prevent Fraudulent Claims With Surveillance Cams

Unloyal customers and employees alike could be out to score a hefty amount of compensation by faking an injury. A person might see some liquid on the floor with nobody around. Then, he or she may simply lay down on the ground and start screaming bloody murder. Businesses that have security cameras in place can review the footage to discredit such claims. These issues can cost an organization a pretty penny. So, business owners should consider installing cameras to prevent themselves from becoming vulnerable to fraudulent claims. 

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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