What Type Of Security Camera Does Your Home Need?

June 26th, 2020

It is indisputable that having security cameras installed is one of the best ways to protect your home. However, for non-techy Chico homeowners, setting up home security may seem like an endless maze. Let us start with the basics so you can determine what type of security camera your home needs.

The Different Types Of Home Security Cameras

There are two general types of security cameras. Depending on the features and structure of your house, you may need either only indoor cameras or both indoor and outdoor security cameras.

Indoor Security Cameras

Indoor security cameras allow you to keep track of movements inside your house. They are popular among Chico homeowners for the general protection they provide.

1 - General Indoor Security Cameras

This type of security camera can be hardwired or wireless, and it is usually attached to the ceiling. This will give you a broad view of different areas of your home. You can choose a camera that has mobile access, live-streaming, night vision, two-way talk, and motion-activated alerts.

2 - Nanny Camera

Nanny cameras are meant to be hidden throughout the house to make sure that your nanny does not do anything untoward to your kids or pets. You don’t need to worry about privacy issues as long as there’s no audio and you keep the nanny cameras away from private areas.

3 - Baby Monitors

Baby monitors are an excellent tool for parents to keep an eye on their baby while they attend to other tasks in the house. Baby monitors usually include night vision, lullabies, two-way talk, and heat and humidity sensors to keep your baby safe and comfortable.

4 - Pet Cameras

Pet cameras allow you not only to check up on your pets but also to interact with them. These often include features like two-way talk, laser lights, and a treat dispenser. 

Outdoor Security Cameras

Outdoor security cameras give your home added security as they can deter and record crimes and other potential dangers outside and around your home. Here are the different types of outdoor security cameras you can install:

1 - General Outdoor Cameras

Simple general outdoor cameras give you access to your surroundings and defense against theft, vandalism, and break-ins. For those reasons, it’s advisable to install a general outdoor camera that has HD image quality and night vision. The mere presence of a security camera is sure to discourage potential criminals from targeting your home. 

2 - Floodlight Cameras

Most homeowners in Chico, CA install floodlight cameras because of the extra layer of defense they offer. Aside from recording criminal activity, floodlight cameras expose criminals with a flood of light (hence its name). They are motion-activated and can differentiate between humans and animals. In addition, they usually have mobile access, alerts, and night vision.

3 - Doorbell Cameras

Doorbells cameras protect a specific part of your house: the entryway. This easy-to-install outdoor security camera lets you see who is coming up your door so you or your kids don’t have to open it to see who’s knocking. 

Ready to safeguard your property and loved ones with a home security system? Contact a security professional today to help you decide and set up cameras inside or outside your home.

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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