Security Solutions for Retail Business Stores

January 19th, 2021

Are you a retail business owner that is tired of shoplifting and employee theft? If so, here are some security solutions that you may find helpful. A lot of people think that by having a security system installed all your worries will go away, this is not entirely true. Though having a security system installed will help with big problems, it's the not noticed and smaller problems that actually make up most of a business’s loss.

FACT: According to the Department of Justice a robbery occurs every 46 seconds. Employee theft is around 48% of all business loss, and shoplifting is 31%. With facts like these, knowing you have made the right decisions regarding security in your store will keep you from being another statistic. Having the right security company helping you with your security solutions is a big part of becoming fully aware.

There are three main solutions that can help business loss decrease. The first and most important would be a Point of Sale (POS) system. This is when a security provider integrates your security cameras with your cash registers, giving the owner or management viewing access of every item rang in. It allows viewing of price checks, items purchased, amount changed, and change received. This type of solution can save businesses thousands of dollars on employee theft. The second solution would be a Hidden/Spy Camera. This is a great way to get some video evidence without being noticed. There are several types of these cameras available. Depending on the environment in which the camera will be placed, is important. These cameras are small but effective. The variety ranges from Spy Pen, Spy MP3 Player, Spy Car Key Chain, Spy Watch, and much more. This is a great solution for co-workers, babysitters, Neighbors, Vandalism, and much more. The third solution is a Fake/Dummy Camera. Starting as low as $9.99 these cameras can make a huge difference for a business. This is not as effective, but is the least expensive, a low-cost alternative for a high-end security system, also known as the "digital scarecrow". Each dummy camera is designed to trick intruders. The camera is placed in a location where a problem accurses. Anyone in the general area would be given the impression they are being monitored by CCTV. (Note: This is not a functioning camera and will not give you any actual footage.)

After a hard day of work, every retail store owner should have peace of mind knowing that they are fully secured and have taken the right steps in order to feel satisfied. Finding the right security provider in Chico, CA makes all the difference.

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