How Do Home Security Systems Prevent Crimes From Happening?

August 29th, 2022

A home security system can include access control systems like electronic locks, surveillance systems with exterior and interior cameras, and alarm systems that monitor things like doors, windows, smoke, and carbon monoxide levels.  These security features can catch criminals who break into your home, but they can also prevent crimes and deter criminals from even targeting your home in the first place.  According to scientific surveys like one conducted by the University of North Carolina, 60 percent of professional burglars look for other targets when they see a security system in place.

The Price Of A Burglary

The overall number of burglaries and violent crimes has been trending down in Chico, CA for many years, but the threat of a break-in is still very much alive.  According to FBI statistics, over 1.6 million burglaries took place throughout the United States in 2015 alone.  The average cost of burglary, including property, was stolen and windows and doors damaged, was $2,316.  That’s a significant number to most American households, and higher-income homes are more likely to suffer bigger losses.

An Alarm Can Help

When you buy a security system, the company that installs it will give you stickers you can place on windows and doors that will let everyone know the system is present.  This system can also come with security cameras placed in very visible locations to make it even more obvious that you have a comprehensive security system.  Burglars who see these features will know that they have a much higher chance of getting caught, so most of them tend to look for other, easier targets that don’t carry the same level of risk.

Your Home Can Be Safe

The features of a security system can be a part of a much more comprehensive effort to keep your home safe.  Even without an alarm, you can make your property a less likely target by installing extra lights that cover the driveway and sidewalks, by installing stronger locks than the standard options that come on most homes, and by keeping your vacation plans private until after you get back.  A security system is an excellent way to complete your home’s security measures.

Security Is An Investment

Many people in Chico, CA avoid getting security systems because they see it as a cost they can’t get back.  However, a strong security system offers financial benefits that go beyond your peace of mind.  For instance:

  • Some homeowner’s insurance policies provide discounts to homeowners who install alarm systems.
  • Security is a form of “loss prevention,” which means paying for security can prevent you from losing money in a burglary.
  • A strong security system can be a plus to potential buyers and increase your property value.

Security systems like video surveillance, active monitoring, motion sensors, and electronic locks can all make it much harder for burglars to get inside and make them much more likely to find an easier target somewhere else.  That’s why residents throughout Chico, CA are buying systems for their homes.  If you think your security needs an upgrade, contact a security company in your area today.

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