Why Hotel Security Cameras Are A Good Investment

June 9th, 2022

Hotels are a home away from home. When a weary traveler checks into their Chico hotel, a city they may not know anyone, they want to feel safe and secure. Chico hotels do a great job by providing a comfortable environment by offering a range of amenities. However, the most important amenity to offer your guests is security. Security systems ensure that guests can enjoy their stay without having to deal with crime or unsafe conditions.

How Hotel Security Protects Guests

There are a lot of great security features that hotels can take advantage of including access control, smart locks, and security staff. One of the most valuable features is a surveillance system. Hotels have a lot of new people coming and going every day. A surveillance system can help you monitor your hotel traffic to determine who is a guest and who is an intruder. A surveillance system also acts as a deterrent against any criminal activity, whether from your guests or an intruder.

Where Should I Focus My Hotel Security?

There are many areas that can benefit from security cameras. You will not place them inside the guest rooms because that is an invasion of privacy and you can get into legal trouble. A security expert will help you understand the other areas that you won’t install surveillance cameras. However, there are definitely some areas you should always put cameras including:

  • The parking lot and any other outdoor areas
  • By all the entrances and in any pickup and drop off area
  • In the lobby and at the front desk
  • In the hallways, stairways, and elevators
  • Around any amenities like the pool, the gym, or the bar

These are a great place to start, but a professional security technician can help you identify all the areas of vulnerability at your unique establishment.

What Will A Security System Cost My Hotel?

Hotels are often much larger than standard businesses, so many hotel proprietors are concerned about the costs. The cost of a system varies greatly depending on what features you need, what technology you use, and how advanced you want your security. So it’s hard to give a price estimate without a detailed walkthrough. Fortunately, most security companies offer a free quote on pricing so you can determine what will work with your budget. However, there are some returns on the investment.

How Hotel Surveillance Saves Money

Hotel surveillance saves money in numerous ways. First, it helps you build and maintain your business because you provide a safe and comfortable experience for your guests. Secondly, it can help you save money on false premises liability and stolen items claims because it will provide evidence of the incident. Finally, insurance companies understand the cost-saving benefits of a surveillance system and will give you a discount on your premiums. In many cases, a security system pays for itself in cost savings alone.

All of these reasons make a surveillance system a great investment for any Chico hotel. If your hotel needs a security system, make sure you work with a professional security company that specializes in hotels. They will ensure that you get all the features and benefits you need at a price you can afford.

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