Three Security Steps To Protect Your Business

June 24th, 2020

When you think of security as a business owner in Chico, usually cameras, monitoring systems, and locked doors come to mind. For others, it may mean having a guard at the front door, and yet others may think of protecting their computers or network firewalls. Each of those is correct. However, it is not conducive to consider only one form of security for your business. As specialists, we suggest that you take a three-step approach—physical security, technical security, and administrative security—to protect your business. 

  1. Physical Security

Physical security involves protecting your physical property. Besides the actual building, this includes theft of property in the building such as computers, furniture, and client files. 

The use of break-proof glass, secure door locks, and updated security cameras is needed to protect your assets. In addition to filming your Chico parking lot, building, and building interiors, security cameras also work as an environmental control measure. They can monitor and inform you about the air conditioning and electrical issues, and they will not only notify you of smoke or possible fire but will also indicate the exact location. These are all done via your smartphone.

  1. IT Security

Information Technology (IT) security is focused on protecting your information technology. Hackers have gained access to over 7.9 billion consumer records in 2019. Internet security should be one of your priorities, especially if you use computers to store client data. Security measures under this category include:

  • Firewalls
  • Data backups
  • Anti-malware programs
  • Web proxies 
  • Controlling users

It is crucial to protect your network before it gets hacked. Since there are multiple security and safety risks for business computers, a comprehensive system dedicated to safeguarding your business network should be installed and updated regularly.

  1. Operational Security

Operational security is focused on protecting your business from losses that occur because of your employees. This security method is mostly through proper management. It includes policies, standards, and procedures to support security as well as how your business expects employees to act. This also has to do with how you want your employees to conduct business and respond to any security incidents. 

Inform your employees that security cameras are used throughout the building at the time of their employment and that their internet usage will be monitored. When you consider that 30% of business failures are caused by employee theft, then physical IT security and proper operations can make or break a company.

An example of operational security would be an employee pretending to fall down and then filing a claim for worker's compensation. With security cameras in place, the footage can be reviewed for truthfulness of how the accident occurred. If the claim is legitimate, then management could show the film to employees to review safety measures. It not, the video can demonstrate fraudulent behavior, saving you the cost of a worker’s comp claim.

For most business owners, their enterprise is not just their income but also their life. Good security can save you thousands in lost revenue and help prevent theft, property damage, and intruders. 

Contact a CA professional to come in and review your business to see what security measures you need to take or what needs to be upgraded. You deserve the peace of mind that comes with good security.

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"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