Making Right Decisions When Purchasing Business Security Cameras

June 18th, 2021

As a business owner in Chico, CA, or manager of security for a business in Chico, CA, it is imperative that the right security cameras are purchased for business use. This not only allows staff to think of more important business matters, it also ensures the place of business is safe at all times. More and more businesses in Chico, CA are introducing the latest security equipment; but, this doesn't mean some aren't making the right choice in terms of what is truly the best form of monitoring for their business.

The fact that low resolution cameras still exist, and that not all monitoring equipment is created equally, should say something about what to look for, and the actual quality you can expect in terms of business security cameras and systems. Low resolution images may be rejected in a court hearing; so going with 4k is truly the ideal option when it comes to choosing a system to monitor a commercial business establishment.

The resolution is - This basically refers to how much footage and the quality of the footage which is going to be captured by the security cameras which are in place. At 256*256 resolution and clarity are extremely low. A few other options are:

  • 640*480 this is ideal for emailing photos or posting photos on a website.
  • 1216*912 is ideal for printing pictures.
  • 1600*1200 is considered HD; this is similar to the quality you would expect to receive from a lab if they printed photos for you.
  • 2240*1680 For images of 16'' * 20''; this is what you would typically see on a 4K camera.
  • 4064*2074 is top quality, what you could expect from an 11 MP camera. Resolution at this point is truly spectacular.

Camera resolution and video resolution - In terms of digital photography, several factors also have to be considered for videography purposes; among these are:

1 The display size - Monitors, TV, projectors, and other screens, have provided better resolution in recent years. Recent updates and upgrades in technology has helped with such improved quality.

2. Print size - With higher resolution, the potential for bigger print sizes is possible. Pixel density will dictate the resolution quality; for good quality, it should be 330 PPI or greater.

3. Cropping - This refers to reducing size of image, to see a specific point. This shouldn't interfere with resolution of the image.

4. Down sampling - The higher the resolution, the easier it is to resize for optimal quality.

4K resolution - These security cameras feature a resolution of 4000 pixels and vertical of about 2200 pixels. The DCI 4K is used for filming in production (movie) industries with a standard resolution of 4096*2160. With ultra HD, the resolution is 3840*2160 pixels. This is standard for TV and computer applications.

Benefits of 4K - Of course resolution is the prime benefit of 4K it results in sharper and crisper images. This will help enhance footage for security monitoring purposes. For wide range, outdoor monitoring is also the ideal solution for broader coverage areas. With wider lens, and broader fields, pixel quality will still be improved. For indoor use, it is the premier for homes or larger indoor spaces.

In terms of drawbacks, the main ones are larger equipment and storage needs. Larger bandwidth also means it can possibly slow down internet with a poor connection quality. The higher cost of these systems may also deter some businesses.

All in all, 4K is the way to go for business monitoring. Apart from cost, and larger equipment/storage needs, it is hard to find reasoning against choosing these systems, when you want the premier solution for business security.

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"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."

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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