Keeping Your Business Secure This Winter

November 25th, 2022

Each season in Chico, CA comes with its own security concerns. During the summer months, you’re looking at longer days, kids out of school, and more general activity throughout the day. During the winter months, you may be looking at less regular everyday activity in Chico, CA, but longer dark hours which may provide burglars and other criminals with the cover they’re looking for to more easily carry out their crimes. It’s important to structure a security strategy that works for all seasons in Chico, CA, winter included. 

For small to medium-sized businesses of the region, a single burglary can do a great deal of harm. As a matter of fact, the damages can even be irreparable, causing local businesses that boost the economy of the region to shut their doors for good. An investment in the right security is an investment in the overall health and well being of your business. 

Tips For Staying Secure This Winter 

A few tips can help any business of the region to stay safer this winter. These tips for better winter security for area businesses include: 

  • Keep your property shoveled and salted – If ice or snow hits the region, you could be leaving your business in a position ripe for fraudulent claims. Those who wish to take advantage of your business through a lawsuit could stage a slip and fall on your snowy or icy property, which could lead to thousands of dollars in damages. Keeping your property shoveled and de-iced during the winter months ensures you do not have hazards on your property that could lead to a lawsuit, fraudulent or legitimate.


  • Use motion-detection lighting – One very underrated security step is motion detection lighting. This lighting is activated when sensors detect motion, which sheds light on an area and gives off the impression of activity within a building or on a property. With daylight hours shorter in the wintertime, motion detection lighting makes vacant areas seem occupied and takes away a burglar’s cover of darkness. 

  • Indoor and outdoor security cameras – Security cameras are a must for any business in the area, and this rings true no matter the time of year. With security cameras, you can keep your eyes on your business property no matter where you are, or no matter what time of day it might be. The presence of security cameras also acts as a highly effective crime deterrent, as the main objective for any criminal is to carry out their acts without getting caught. Today’s security cameras are more high tech and user-friendly than ever. 

Year-Round Security For Year-Round Success 

With security covered year-round, you’ll place yourself and your business in a much better position for success. With a professional touch, you’ll know you have just the security strategy that works best for you and your business no matter what season it may be. If you’re ready to get your security ready for the winter season, call us for more information today. 

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