Choosing The Best Security Camera For Your Business

October 25th, 2022

When it comes to security cameras, it does not matter if you are a mom and pop store or a mega-corporation, you want to get the camera that works best for your needs. There is much closed-circuit television (CCTV) to choose from and each has its own benefits. Your number one consideration is will the camera you choose gives you proper security coverage. 

Top Security Cameras For Your Business

To determine what you may need in the line of security cameras you need, take a good look at your Chico business. Do you need to monitor the parking lot as well as around the building? What about the entrances and exits to deter shoplifters? Do you need to place one in a storage room, cash register to deter employee theft? Look around your building outside and inside to help you decide what camera will work in a certain location. 

Bullet Cameras:

Named because of thier long, cylindrical shape that looks similar to a bullet, these are ideal for using outside. Due to their protective casings, they are shielded from different weather conditions. They can be fitted with a fixed or zoom lens, IR night vision, and high-quality video resolution. On the negative side, because they are noticeable, they are targets for vandalism.

Dome Security Cameras:

Dome security cameras are similar to a bullet camera in that they work well indoors as well as outdoors for surveillance. Also called a “ceiling camera” their small dome shape makes it difficult for intruders to determine which way the camera is facing. In addition to their wide-angle lens, infrared (IR) night vision, they are resistant to vandalism.

C-Mount Security Cameras:

C-mount cameras were the first security cameras developed and were introduced in the 1970s. But it still has many positives. C-mount cameras come with detachable lenses, can cover distances greater than 40 feet. Most standard camera lenses cover 30 to 40 feet maximum. Another benefit is that they can be upgraded to support the newest in technology, and work effectively in indoor locations. 

Day to Night Security Cameras:

Day to Night Security Cameras are able to work both in normal light situations and in poorly lit environments. With extra sensitive imaging chips, they can capture clear video images in the dark without requiring any built-in infrared illuminators. This feature is ideal for outdoor surveillance. Another benefit is that they come in several sizes and record data in both black and white. 

Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Cameras:

PTZ cameras allow the security camera to pan (move from right to left) tilt (move up and down) and zoom according to your needs. PTZ cameras are usually used in situations where there is live security or a security specialist operating the system. May businesses like these cameras for their high-quality image resolution, X36 optical zoom and 200 Infra-red night vision. 

If you’re still not sure what camera is best for your Chico business a professional security expert can help you.  A security professional can review with you and determine what areas of your business would benefit most from surveillance, what type of camera to use, and how to use the camera to truly protect your property.

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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

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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."

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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