Why Your Restaurant Needs To Invest In A Video Surveillance System

June 8th, 2020

Sure, restaurants all across the nation have been shuttered because of COVID-19. However, states are reopening, and finally, many of the places of business can offer dine-in services again in some form or fashion. Still, though, some Chico eateries are sticking with deliveries and curbside pickup for the time being, as there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this pandemic. With any luck, a vaccine will be created shortly, and restaurant owners, workers, and patrons can get back to ordinary dining experiences.    

Is Now The Right Time To Have Surveillance Cameras Installed?

Most of these establishments cannot currently fill their buildings to their maximum capacity. Rather, in most cases, they are only allowed to operate at 25 to 50-percent. The silver lining in all of this is that because the premises are basically empty, now could be the perfect time for the companies to have work done. For instance, if an owner meant to get a video surveillance system installed, but never did so because of the Chico restaurant always being full, they can accomplish the feat easier now with barren dining areas and bars.  

Security cameras can prove to be beneficial in a restaurant setting in various ways. A couple of them are going to be discussed in the following sections. So, if you are a Chico restaurant owner who is still on the fence about whether a video surveillance system is a good investment or not, please, stay put and read on to learn more. 

Discredit Fraudulent Injury Claims With Surveillance Cameras

The floors of restaurants can get a bit slick and slippery, to say the very least. Drinks sometimes get spilled by members of the wait staff, bartenders, and patrons alike. Not to mention, oil and grease can accumulate on the kitchen floors, posing fall hazards. Injuries can occur when people take a tumble because of the substances. If it can be proven that the organization was negligent in some way, it could be out of a lot of money from having to pay compensation in a lawsuit.

However, due to restaurants offering prime conditions for slip and fall accidents, some people try to take advantage of the situation. For example, if a patron sees spilled liquid on the floor with no one around, he or she might merely lay down, start screaming, and act like they are hurt, with the hope of cashing in. When security cameras are on the scene, the footage can be reviewed to prove the claim is fraudulent and save the company some money. 

Catch Workers Who Partake In Employee Theft Red Handed

Bosses, including those in the restaurant industry, try to surround themselves with honest, loyal, and hard-working employees. Unfortunately, that is not always how things work out. Employee theft is a significant problem in the United States. Things often get so bad because of it that many businesses have to file for bankruptcy. Security cameras covering cash registers, offices, supply closets, and entrances can help organizational leaders find out who, if anybody, is stealing from the company. Then, they can take action to remove the dishonest worker or workers from the picture. 

Does your restaurant need a top-notch video security system? If so, please, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. 

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