Parking Lots, Security Cameras, And Hit-And-Runs

August 30th, 2019

Parking lots are packed with vehicles moving in all directions, trucks that often stick out of parking spaces, and pedestrians who need to weave through everything to reach their cars.  Some parking lots add to the chaos with shopping carts, and shoppers don’t always put them in the cart returns where they’re out of the way.  Because of this environment, a significant percentage of car accidents in Chico, CA and the rest of the United States take place in parking lots.

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure your parking lot is as safe as possible.  This means making sure there’s enough room for two vehicles to pass each other, long enough parking spaces for cars to fit, and solid pavement that won’t endanger pedestrians or cars with deep potholes or big cracks.  It also means you should install outdoor cameras that can watch your parking lot.  These cameras can prevent crimes and catch criminals, and there are a variety of ways that they do so.


Almost all security cameras in Chico, CA are visible instead of hidden.  This is because the presence of cameras can deter criminal activity since potential thieves and vandals will know that someone is watching them.  A surveillance camera won’t stop all crimes from taking place, but their presence alone can make your parking lot a safer place.  It’s true that an empty camera housing can have the same effect without the cost of a real camera, but then you won’t get the other benefits that follow.

Hit-And-Run Recognition

When a driver accidentally hits another vehicle or a pedestrian, they often panic and flee the scene.  It can be hard to track down the driver afterwards, but if it happens in a parking lot with surveillance cameras you can check the recordings and see exactly what took place.  This means you can identify the make, model, and color, and if you have HD cameras you also have a chance to read the license plate number and help the police track down the car in no time.

Crime Identification

Without any parking lot cameras, it can be impossible to track down a vandal who may have spray-painted your building’s wall, a burglar who broke in overnight, or a drug dealer who keeps doing business in your parking lot and getting away before the police can arrive.  Parking lot cameras give you an opportunity to record details of these nighttime criminals and the vehicles they may have arrived in.  You can then put this information to good use and help make your part of Chico, CA a safer place.

Parking lot surveillance is an important part of any business security system.  After all, parking lots are easy to access but still a part of your property, and a lot can happen there with all the vehicles and pedestrians moving around.  Take whatever steps you can to keep your parking lot as safe as possible, and when you look for a good set of security cameras to install be sure to contact Crime Free Living.

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