Surveillance Systems Can Increase Annual Profits

March 1st, 2021

Surveillance systems aid in protecting businesses in Chico CA from employee theft and lack of productivity, which are both directly related to profit losses.

Business owners are like police officers; When a driver spots a police car on the road, he/she sits up a little straighter, puts both hands on the wheel, slows down, and very nonchalantly slides the seatbelt over his/her chest. The police officer looks over seconds later, and sees a law-abiding citizen. The driver gets away with it. Once the police officer is out of sight, the driver climbs over the speed limit again. He/she doesn’t get caught, so it happens again.

This is no different from the response that employees have when the big boss makes a surprise entrance on site. As soon as the owner walks in, the internet game pages close, cell phones are hurriedly put away, and everyone is on their best behavior. Employees take their places, and all seems to be running smoothly. The unproductive behaviors that occurred before the surprise visit often go unnoticed, while the business takes the hardest hit. Because most business owners in Chico CA are not at their businesses all day, every day, surveillance cameras are necessary to monitor employee productivity-they become the business owner’s second, third, fourth….etc.  pair of eyes.

Employee theft can and does happen while the business owner is on site. As long as the thief knows that nobody is watching, he/she feels safe enough to go ahead and commit the crime. When a company has surveillance cameras, however, employees are aware that there is never a time where someone isn’t watching. They are much less likely to steal, and if they do, they are significantly more likely to get caught.

Employee theft and lack of productivity are directly related to annual revenues lost. Surveillance systems are one, very effective way of mitigating these losses. The biggest mistake a business owner can make is to think it will not happen to them.

According to The Centre for Retail Research, employee theft in 2019 amounted to 11.3 billion dollars and on average amounted to 18.5 percent annual retail shrinkage. An average dishonest employee steals 10 times more than an average shoplifter.

Surveillance systems play an important role in preventing and detecting employee theft and unproductive behaviors. Surveillance systems are imperative to help business owners in Chico CA take a proactive, complete approach in reducing the loss of profits due to employee theft and lack productivity.

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

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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