What To Look For In A Security Service For Your Business

August 18th, 2020

Requesting a security service for your business is crucial, but it may be a challenge, especially if it’s your first time doing it. With so many security agencies out there, how do you know which one to choose? Here are some of the things you need to do when you’re looking for security service for your business: 

  1. Ask About Security Training

A security company may have trained security officers and staff, but do you know where they were trained? When hiring a security service provider in Chico, CA, you need to know what kinds of training they have done—for example, someone can be trained to watch for body language cues, and this is a useful skill. You want a security professional who can detect the slightest suspicious activity and have it under control immediately before things take a turn for the worse. 

Don’t hesitate to ask about the provided training to ensure that the people you work with can truly protect your business.

  1. Check Company Experience

This goes without saying, but when it comes to a security service provider, it’s best that you go for one that has a long-standing record of experience. If the company has only been around for a couple of years, then it may not be the best choice for you. The more experience a company has, the more they can safeguard your business. In addition, more experience means that security officers may have already encountered a wide variety of businesses and security situations. 

  1. Ask For References

If you want to be sure that the security company is giving you all the facts about their services, ask for references. Doing so is a great way to confirm the agency’s credibility. You can reach out to those references and ask them about their experience with the agency.

  1. Check For License and Insurance

The security agency must be able to provide you with valid, current state licenses and proof of insurance. Make sure that you thoroughly read their insurance policy because it should provide sufficient coverage. Their insurance must include workers’ comp, auto liability, and general liability.

  1. Inquire About The Cost

You want to get the most bang for your buck, but you also don’t want to get the lowest quality of service in exchange for the cheapest bid. If a security service provider can justify their value, then there’s nothing wrong with paying a bit more because you can guarantee that you will get the service that you deserve. Moreover, take into consideration your business expenses before you sign anything. 

Those are the things you should consider when you’re looking for security services for your business. The right security company is vital to your Chico organization’s success. Having them on your side will ensure that your property and your staff are safe and protected within your place of business. So make sure to follow the tips we’ve provided before you sign a contract, and contact us today for more information.

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