Keep Your Business Investments Safe During The Pandemic

March 7th, 2023

Here in Chico, CA, we’re now facing the first great historical crisis of the 21st century. The COVID-19 virus is a global pandemic, but, incredibly, it is our country that is the worst hit, despite the illness beginning in China.

For people living and working in Chico, CA, this has meant some major changes to both life and career options. Many businesses deemed “non-essential” are now advised to shut down and wait out the virus, to reopen at a later date once medical authorities believe the crisis manageable. If your business is currently locked down, this can mean your property is at risk.

Crime Doesn’t Care About Shelter In Place

Most people are concerned about their health and the medical welfare of their friends and loved ones. As a result, they follow government guidance about sheltering in place and remain at home unless necessary. By doing this, the risk of infection and spreading that infection is dramatically reduced.

Unfortunately, the criminal element is not always going to see the wisdom in medical advice. With many business properties now practically derelict as staff and managers stay home, some criminals see opportunity. Thieves like to reduce risk, and one of the best risk reductions is stealing from a location where it is unlikely for someone to surprise an intruder. The current lockdowns around the country mean most businesses are empty.

Security Still Helps

Business owners, however, always have ways to protect themselves, even if they can’t be operating during regular business hours. One chief reason thieves like to target empty homes and businesses is because if no one is there to respond, the thieves can take as much time as they need searching for valuable objects to loot.

However, a security alarm nullifies this criminal luxury. If your business has an alarm set to go off when an intrusion occurs, this severely limits criminal opportunity. Alarms can be triggered to request security or even police response. This response is usually within minutes of a signal being tripped, meaning a thief doesn’t have the luxury to search at leisure and must be off the property within minutes, or risk arrest.

Cameras See Everything

Security cameras are another good option, especially for people that want to keep an eye on things. A modern security camera can be both wireless and accessible on the Internet. This means that business owners have the option of being able to access security feeds in real-time, as long as they have a device on hand capable of accessing the Internet.

However, convenience aside, the real value of security cameras is as both a deterrent and investigative tool. Criminals are less likely to rob a property with cameras because good high definition cameras can be used by police to help track them down later. They can even be used in court as evidence to get a conviction.

So even if your business is not currently operating here in Chico, CA, we can help you to keep it safe. Contact us for more information on how you can have a more secure business property even during this pandemic.

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