Outdoor Security Is Important For Homes & Businesses

May 22nd, 2020

Outdoor Security Is Important For Homes & Businesses

Both home and business owners in Chico, CA, are dealing with some very different professional and residential circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s changed many of our day to day activities, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for security.

In fact, for some homes and businesses in Chico, CA, the need for suitable security measures has risen due to the pandemic circumstances. Here’s why security, especially outdoor security measures, can be an essential factor in peace of mind and safety right now.

Businesses Temporarily Shuttered

One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has done is lead to a drop in crime in some sectors. Drug dealing and drug trafficking-related crimes, for example, have experienced a steep decline thanks to mobility issues and less cash available on the market for drug dealers to profit from.

Unfortunately, the same is not necessarily valid for theft. Businesses, especially retail companies with desirable goods such as food, home electronics, appliances, and other items, are extremely vulnerable at this time. With some businesses having temporarily closed with no reopening date in site, this may sometimes leave goods exposed.

Residences Are Vulnerable

While most people are following shelter in place guidance from the government and trying to reduce the chance of exposure and infection, not everyone is doing this. Some people, unfortunately, are of a criminal bent and use the reduced presence of others to roam more freely and bravely.

Others, however, are simply choosing to ignore health guidance and refuse to allow anything to impact their day-to-day activity. In either case, these are people that pose either a criminal or a health risk to the others in residential areas.

What Outdoor Surveillance Does

Outdoor security measures, like cameras, are both deterrents and investigative aids. For commercial properties, surveillance provides safety to people, such as in parking lots. There is a lower risk of theft and assault in parking areas that are well lit and monitored by security cameras. The same reduced chance of crime is true for commercial properties as well. Because cameras with correct placement can accurately record criminal details such as height, the color of clothing, and distinguishing physical features, this deters criminals from committing crimes.

The reason for this is the investigative factor. When criminal activity is recorded on a camera, this more accurate “eye-witness” can help with a police investigation. Not only is the physical description of the criminal exact, but there is also even a precise timeline of events to help eliminate or reinforce suspect involvement.

In a domestic situation, outdoor security provides the same deterrent effect, preventing people who might be tempted to scout a home for vulnerabilities to leave once they see the camera. However, cameras placed in neighborhoods can also be used for other investigations. If someone else’s house is robbed, or packages are stolen from a porch, or there are even reports of a child predator in the area, outdoor cameras may snatch images of these perpetrators that can help lead police to an arrest.

If you want more peace of mind for your home or business in Chico, CA, we can help. Contact us, and we can improve your outdoor security measures.

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