Easy Ways To Secure Your Business

August 18th, 2021

Your business in Chico, CA is one of the biggest investments in your life, and making sure that it succeeds is important. Of course, a huge part of that success comes in making sure that you take the steps needed to drive profits up while keeping overall costs as low as possible. You can plan for a lot of things, but one thing that you won’t be able to plan for is theft or other unaccounted loss. 

The Big Problem of Business Loss in Chico, CA

Every business takes a loss to one degree or another, but did you know that as much as 75% of employees have stolen something from their employer at least once? Whether it’s hours on the time clock, money from the till, or products that they’re taking without you knowing about it, stopping theft is a must. 

Stopping Loss in Chico, CA

And whether you’re stopping employee theft or theft and loss from outside sources, it’s incredibly important that you secure your business properly. Here are a few easy tips that can increase your company security and lower overall loss. 

Buy A Safe

A safe is a must-have for any business. Place it in your office or an off-limits area and keep access to it limited to yourself and only a small number of people that you trust. You can even invest in safes that can’t be opened but that allow for deposits of money while the door is still locked. 

Keep Inventory Counts

You should always schedule routine inventory counts to keep an eye on products. This includes inventory on your shelves for sale as well as stored items like cleaning supplies, office products, and more. Even small incidents of theft of these items can add up to significant costs over the year. 

Monitor the Register

The register is obviously where much risk can be found. Monitoring registers is important, and the easiest way to do so is to invest in a security camera system. The investment into the system pays for itself quickly with the peace of mind and the loss prevention that it offers. 

Lock Up Valuables

You likely have some items that are much higher in value than others. Investing in locking cabinets or display cases to lock these up is an easy way to make sure that they aren’t stolen by anyone. 

Use Access Monitoring

Access control systems let you set up parameters for who can access different parts of the building and even different storage areas. They’re another easy investment that pays off big. 

Check Vendor Orders

Finally, be sure that you review all vendor bills and delivery lists. Sometimes you may receive an excess number of products. Products you didn’t order can add up to big costs for your business that you weren’t planning on having. 

A Wise Investment

Simply put, making small investments in your time, energy, and even money can have a huge impact on your business’ future. The steps above could save you thousands of dollars and help increase your company’s profits. Talking to your security professionals can help make it even easier to add extra security to your business. 

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."

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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

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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