Five Qualities Of A Great Security System

June 22nd, 2020

It is important now more than ever to invest in the security of your Chico home or business. Whether you’re in CA or anywhere else in the country, the dangers of home invasion are always present.

The value of a good security system lies in its ability to deter threats to the home or business and to record evidence of crime. A great security system takes this to a whole other level, allowing you to respond to the situation as soon as possible. 

A Combination Of Visible And Hidden Cameras

Research has shown that visible CCTV cameras can reduce the incidence of shoplifting in a retail store by up to 24%. Visible security cameras outside the home can also scare away potential burglars. More persistent thieves may be able to avoid being captured on camera, and some may even go so far as to disable the device. But hidden cameras, combined with other concealed security features, can be used for protection against more skilled criminals.

Make sure to invest in high-definition security cameras. Audio recording is also a plus. 

Secure Storage

Hiding a safe in a secure spot will make it a lot more difficult for burglars to find and run off with valuables such as jewelry and electronics. And even if a burglar manages to find the safe, they’ll still have to crack it. That will take up the time they need to escape, which can either increase the chances of them getting caught or make them give up eventually.

Motion Sensors And Alarm Monitoring

Motion detection can be used to activate lights, cameras, and alarms. Lights suddenly turning on outside a property can send criminals running. Alarms going off can inform the homeowners, their neighbors, and local law enforcement of intrusive threats. The trick to fighting off a home or business invasion in CA is quick response times, and motion detection allow for just that. 

A motion-activated camera can help you save money on electricity because it starts recording only when possible threats arise. It also eliminates the need to go through hours and hours of footage to find that one piece of evidence.

Glass Break Detectors

Most break-ins do not involve complex heists and security breaches. Instead, they involve broken windows and burglars reaching in to open the door. Glass break detectors in your windows and doors can frighten potential thieves away before they get a chance to take anything of value. There are nearly 10,000 burglaries in the US every day. 23% of burglars enter through the windows, so glass break detectors can act as your first line of defense. 

Smart Security

The era of online shopping brings the highest number of home deliveries per day, and with it, the highest incidence of delivery theft by porch pirates. Smart security can not only help prevent porch piracy but also alert you of threats to your home when you’re away, at work, or on vacation. Most smart security systems have options in place for you to contact law enforcement immediately, enabling a quick response to the invasion of your home or business establishment. 

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