Security Measures Help Small Business Too

April 26th, 2019

If you have a small business in Chico, CA, you’re concerned with two things; protecting yourself and your employees, and protecting your business investment itself. If a business isn’t safe, it can’t run smoothly, and that risk to a business can itself impact your business performance.

That’s why it’s important for any small business in Chico, CA to invest in good security measures. This is good for you, your employees, and your equipment and finances and there a few ways you can do this without breaking the bank.

Access Control

You may have portions of your business that only certain employees should be able to access, or, in a retail situation, areas where customers should not be able to enter. Stockrooms and other sensitive areas with inventory should always have restricted admittance. If your business has areas like this, then an access control system is a good investment.

Access control usually comes in the form of a numerical keypad, or, for more comprehensive systems, electronic, biometric locks, based on key cards, fingerprints, retinal scans, or other personal identifiers. Regardless of how sophisticated the system is, the basic goal is the same. It restricts the ability to enter areas of the business only to authorized personnel. The digital system also has the benefit of tracking, so that if a theft occurs in a restricted area, without a break-in, the access control system shows every person who entered, the area, and at what time they did so.

Cyber Security

Physical security isn’t the only issues that small businesses need to worry about; online security is just as big a concern. Without proper digital security, sensitive files are open to spying, duplication, and, in the worst case scenario, “data hostage” attempts, where you are locked out of access to your information unless you pay the specified ransom.

Always ensure that you take proper measures to secure your computers and your computer network. Use strong passwords, and make sure your firewalls are properly secured. Perhaps most important of all, however, is to strictly train your employees to observe good digital security habits as well. All it takes is one employee opening an email with a suspect attached file to install a virus on your entire system.

Security Cameras

Security cameras are an incredibly useful addition to small business security for several reasons. The most important is that security cameras are a clear, present deterrent to potential thieves. The presence of security cameras automatically makes a small business a more difficult target, which encourages thieves to pass by and seek an easier target.

The other reason is the usefulness of a security camera. Even if a crime does occur, when it takes place under the scrutiny of a camera, it records accurate information about the time, place and action that occurred. It can even help to identify guilty parties and be used in court as evidence for prosecution.

All small businesses in Chico, CA want to stay safe and operate cost-effectively. Buying the right security system and maintaining good security practices go a long way towards achieving this.

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