How A Surveillance System Supports Your Farm

February 22nd, 2023

As a farmer in CA there are so many things you need to keep an eye on to run a successful agricultural business. Every day, issues come up that can interrupt and delay your daily operations or require changes in routine. Running a farm is very complex, so it’s very easy for things to fall through the cracks. However, a surveillance system can help you keep track of everything, as well as prevent expensive crime.

Implementing Security Surveillance On Your Farm

By installing a security surveillance system on your CA farm, you can get perfect control over what happens on the farm 24/7. With a camera monitoring system, you will have a smart, cost-effective way to keep track of everything, from the milking to the calving pen, to your employees' performance. Every aspect is integrated into an easy to use the system. Best of all you can track everything on your smartphone or tablet. According to researchers, having a security system surveillance is an effective way to improve animal welfare, increase productivity, and reduce environmental impact. 

The Numerous Benefits Of Farm Video Surveillance

So just how can a security surveillance system benefit your CA farm? Will the savings be worth the cost of getting a system? There are benefits in every area of the farm from the outside to the inside, including:

  • The system is tailored to your needs and your farm's requirements
  • Systems are easy to upgrade as your agricultural business grows
  • Increases security and decreases theft and vandalism
  • Saves time since the system alerts you via tablet or your smartphone no matter where you are or what time of day it is
  • Increases efficiency by employees and reduces risk of unwanted downtime or interruptions
  • Improved animal welfare as you can always view what is happening in the chicken pen, calving, milk production at the robot
  • Reduces risk of harmful environmental effects as you will get notified when something goes wrong
  • You can also supplement with other types of monitoring such as mobile cameras, detectors, for along places like the fences, even monitor temperatures in different areas and it can all be monitored from a smart, user-friendly app on your smartphone or tablet
  • Reduction in your farm’s insurance as many insurance companies will provide a discount if they know you have surveillance installed

Determining Your Security Needs

If you are thinking about any form of security for your farm, before you meet with a security expert and review your options it is helpful that you have already looked into some aspects such as:

  • Inventory all your critical farm assets and where they are located
  • Conduct background checks on your employees if you are not already doing so
  • Consider using key cards as opposed to having a bunch of labeled keys laying around

Remember, keys can be easily copied or taken with when an employee leaves

  • Use electronic access and computerized control in selecting and assigning access that your employees can access and when
  • Check all of your outbuildings and the parking areas as well for places someone would hide

Farming is a challenging business. The use of security systems can save you not just time and money, it can keep your farm and family safe. Imagine how with just a press of your thumb on your smartphone you can tell how much milk was produced today, who came and delivered supplies, what employee is taking too many “breaks” and that the alarm was triggered by a loose chicken, not an intruder. Your work hard on your farm, isn’t it time your farm works hard for you?

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