Get Better Mall Security With Cameras

June 17th, 2019

While shopping malls in Chico, CA may have had their biggest heyday in the 80s and 90s, that doesn’t mean that these merchant centers are dead. The ability to go into a single building, with many shops, without having to worry about whether it’s raining or snowing outside is a big convenience, and in that sense, shopping malls will always have a place.

But because shopping malls in Chico, CA can be so big, that means that they have a major consideration; security. With so many shops, and so many places for people run or hide, just having security personnel may not be enough, and that’s where security camera networks can come in. Here’s how they can help to improve mall security.

Vandalism Prevention

Spray paint has made it possible for people to quickly, efficiently leave permanent paint markings anywhere they go. In addition to graffiti vandalism, destruction of property—for theft, or amusement—can also occur. With security cameras set up in appropriate areas, the presence of cameras acts as a deterrence.

People who commit vandalism do not want to be easily identified or leave much evidence of their activities, as this makes it easier to investigate them and eventually lead to a possible confrontation and arrest. Security cameras make identification much easier, since clothing, gender, height, weight, and many other details are now captured on video.

Theft Prevention & Prosecution

In the same way, security cameras set up in stores within shopping malls, and in common areas, such as food courts, act as an important deterrent force. Theft in a store can’t be disputed if there’s camera footage capturing the action, and that means evidence is present if the store wishes to press charges.

In common areas, altercations such as fights or even pickpocketing are much easier to resolve when “their word against ours” is taken out of the equation. Now video footage can capture a fight or other incident as it breaks out, showing who landed the first blow, and other important details that might otherwise require sifting through unreliable witness testimony.

Shopper Safety

Finally, security cameras in parking lots can also be an important safety feature. Crime tends to occur where criminals feel they can’t be seen. Dark parking lots, with no witnesses, have traditionally been a favorite hunting ground in the past. But now, vandalism, theft, and even assault and kidnapping can all be captured under the watchful eye of a security camera.

Once criminals realize that a parking lot is protected by an eye that never stops watching, and always remembers what its seen, crime drops off dramatically. No one wants to be caught on video committing a crime when that video can be used against them in court. Shoppers can now take their goods back to their vehicles with greater safety thanks to a security camera system.

Shopping in malls in Chico, CA continues to do brisk business, but if you want even more peace of mind for yourself and your shoppers, think about improving your security systems. Everyone benefits.

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