An Extra Set Of Eyes Can Help Anyone

September 7th, 2022

Today’s security cameras are cheaper and easier to use than ever before. The cost of installing them has also gone down thanks to wireless models that operate on battery power and send their feed on a Wi-Fi signal. Modern cameras are also smaller than they used to be, which means you can put them more places or even conceal them in ordinary looking items. Because of the versatility, low price, and easy installation of modern cameras, just about any homeowner or business in Chico, CA can put them to good use. 


A residential security camera can watch a private home’s property line or keep track of the parking lots and public spaces of an apartment complex. You can set up a security camera to turn on when someone rings your doorbell, which means you can see who’s there by checking your video monitor or even just your phone. A security camera can deter burglars who might think of targeting your home, and it can catch suspicious activity happening elsewhere in your area. 


Security cameras are already common sights throughout most retail stores in Chico, CA since they can deter shoplifters or help the security staff catch them in the act. Retail stores also need cameras to keep track of their registers and other points-of-sale so that they can catch deceptive customers and untrustworthy employees pocketing money from the till or sneaking products into the bags. Gas stations also use cameras to check each vehicle’s make, model, and license plate and can identify who fills up their tank without paying.


Like retail stores, restaurants have a lot of people coming in and out all day, and sometimes someone will try to leave without paying anything. A camera in the kitchen can also catch chefs who try to take things home with them without permission, and they may be able to spot burglars who want to grab some expensive kitchen equipment and sell it off to another restaurant that doesn’t ask too many questions. Also, a visible security camera by the register can help keep staff and customers honest just as well as they do in retail stores.


Depending on your industry and your building layout, you may have secure areas where you don’t want all your employees to have access. Access control systems can help you control who goes in and out, but you can reinforce this system with a security camera or two that records the people who enter the secure area. If something goes missing, you can use the footage to discover who could have taken it. Office cameras can also show you which employees are working hard and which ones are avoiding work.

A good set of cameras can make a big difference when it comes to catching and deterring burglary, shoplifting, and other kinds of theft. It can also catch incidents between employees and customers and give you an objective look at what happened. To figure out the best kinds of camera to use, contact a security company in Chico, CA and find out from the pros which models will work best.

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