Keep Your Business Security Effective With Commonsense Audits and Updates

August 25th, 2022

Security systems change over time.  For one thing, the hardware and software you install at your Chico, CA location can age and become less effective.  Your system can also become obsolete as newer and better features come out that do more while being easier to use.  You can also face user problems where your staff doesn’t have the training they need to best use your security system.  All of these are problems, but all of these problems have solutions that are easy enough to implement.


Access Control Limits

Access control can become a problem for medium and large facilities that have a complex list of employees, contractors, and access permissions.  This leads to a state where former employees and contractors can get back onto the site weeks or even months after their last day with the company.  That’s why it’s important to add a few audits and automatic features to your permissions database:

  • Connect your access control permissions list to your active employee database.
  • Add an automatic expiration date to credentials given to short-term contractors.
  • Audit the permissions list manually to check for former employees and employees with more permissions than they need.
  • Use a time-out system where credentials are automatically revoked if unused for a set period.


Alarm System Tests

Another central feature of any business security system in Chico, CA is the alarm.  You want the alarm to go off when the wrong person enters the wrong area, but you want it to stay silent when authorized people come in and go out.  If you want to make sure your system works, there are a few things you need to do:

  • Perform regular system tests to make sure that panic buttons and security panels are properly wired and working correctly.  Have the employee who would use the panel in a real emergency test it to also provide regular training.
  • Audit your access codes and change them regularly so only authorized people know the right numbers.
  • Consider failure-to-close features that can detect when the last person to leave an area fails to arm the alarm.  Consistent failures could demand more training or investigation.


Regular Camera Updates

Old cameras tend to have poor video quality, both because newer cameras have higher resolutions and because the hardware can degrade over time.  Checking the footage can let you know when to update the system.  You should also make sure the wireless network has enough bandwidth to avoid lag and dropped feeds, the recording device has enough CPU power to handle every camera, and your storage has enough space to keep recordings for a significant amount of time.

Your security might be top-of-the-line when you first install it, but without regular tests, audits, and maintain its value and ability to protect your company will drop over time.  Just like other parts of your business, regular upkeep and updates are the best way to stay ahead of the competition.  If you want your Chico, CA location to stay safe and secure, be sure to contact a local security company for a consultation and advice on how to keep your security system working.


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

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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