Do You Have Sufficient Business Security In Place?

December 3rd, 2021

When you’re in charge of a business, there are numerous elements that you’ll need to keep up with. One that is easy to overlook is your security, and it’s vital that when you’re overseeing a Chico business that you make sure you have sufficient security in place. But just what suggests that your security isn’t sufficient? There are several things to consider here.


Weight the costs of each type of security. For instance, a 24 hour security guard will generally cost more than a security camera system that operates around the clock. Alarm systems, remote monitoring, and other additional fees will all need to be considered as well. But, the main thing to bear in mind is that you should work on striking a fine balance between what you’re spending and what you will get from the system. In other words, invest in a good value that provides results. If you skimped on your initial security system, you may need to consider upgrading.

The Type of Business You Run

Each type of business has its own unique risks. For instance, retail shops and stores generally need to prevent shoplifting, employee theft, and similar issues. High cash turnover businesses are more likely to face threats to their actual cash, and steps like safes or access control can add security to these factors and keep the business safer.

The Past

Another thing to consider is just what kind of history you have in terms of previous break-ins, thefts, and so on. Consider the previous security breaches your business may have faced including:

  • Shoplifting
  • Employee fraud
  • Employee theft
  • Online hacks or digital breaches
  • Break ins
  • Robberies

Consider each of your previous security breaches and you’ll be able to identify areas that you need to focus your attention on when upgrading or modifying your security systems. You’ll likely see numerous weak points that can be upgraded.

Types Of Protection

And of course, you’ll actually have to consider the kind of protection you already have in place and whether or not it’s been working for you. For instance, you may have cameras and access control in place. But are they reducing crimes or stopping theft? Or do you need to take additional steps to fully protect your business? Think about what your success is so far and what needs to happen to improve it.

Personal Needs

What will it take to give you peace of mind? Do you need real cameras with high definition capabilities? Or are fake systems enough to keep you calm? Think about how your system is working now and then consider what you really want from it. This can make it easier to get the results you need.

The Bottom Line

It’s important for any Chico business owner to consider their current setup and then think about what is working and what isn’t. It’s likely that you can spot some weakness and some areas that you can improve on. If you have doubts, talking to a security expert will be able to help give you solutions that you can count on to improve your security.

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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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"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