Do You Really Need a Hidden Camera? The Benefits Of Hidden Cameras

April 8th, 2021

Hidden cameras are great for protecting yourself, your family, and your home in Chico, CA. Do you need answers to questions like; is the babysitter behaving properly? Is someone I know stealing things from my home? Who vandalized my car? Having the answers to these questions are just a few of the benefits of hidden cameras.

It is quite easy to blend hidden cameras in with the environment and make them invisible. When visiting someone's home, you do not even suspect that there might be a camera hidden. People tend to act much better when they are aware they are being recorded. It is surprising how some people act when they think no one can see them.

When using a hidden camera one option is a wireless camera. A wireless camera is much easier to hide. Without the wires to draw attention to it most people would not even glance at it. These cameras are usually much smaller than any other camera. They can be hidden in plain sight, and no one would see them in Chico, CA.. There is a predetermined distance that you can place the camera at it will still get a signal.

Older covert cameras had to be powered by a battery or power supply that had a short recording time. When using these cameras for very long required an electrical outlet. It can be a little hard to hide a camera when you have wires going to an electrical outlet. The newer style covert cameras are motion activated. They only record when something moves in front of them, extending the standby time up to 1 year and record time to 20 hours.

These covert cameras can be installed in just about anything. They can be hidden in books, alarm clocks, speakers, and the list just goes on and on. Anything you see on a day to day basis could be used to house a hidden camera. These cameras are so small they can be hidden in everyday things that no one would suspect has a camera in it. With no wires to contend with, your placement options are endless.

If you have children living in your Chico home, then a hidden camera is a wonderful thing to have. It allows you to watch your children closer without them even knowing about it. You are able to be the nosy parent, and they will never suspect it. If you have someone come into your home to watch your children a hidden camera will let you know if they are behaving properly or not.

A hidden camera can even be used at work. You may suspect that a co-worker is snooping through your desk and going through your things. There are many common objects such as tissue boxes or computer speakers that have built-in cameras that can be used. The benefits and uses a hidden camera have are amazing, and you will likely have just the use for it.

Theft can be a big problem in Chico, CA.. If you are dealing with this problem, a hidden camera can be a great way to end it. You can see who is stealing from you and then call the cops. If you believe your spouse is unfaithful, you do not have to call a professional investigator to find out. Hidden cameras will do the trick. The benefits are endless when you use hidden cameras, and I assure you it is not something you will regret buying.

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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

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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