Is Your Home Set Up To Protect Your Family During The COVID-19 Crisis?

June 5th, 2020

By now, everyone, including folks right here in Chico, has likely heard at least a little something about COVID-19. It is the novel coronavirus that shocked the world on a global stage. Symptoms associated with the virus include but are not limited to fever, shortness of breath, cough, and loss of taste or smell. Of course, those issues may not sound too alarming, as they resemble the problems associated with the common cold or flu. However, what makes SARS-CoV-2 so terrifying is the alarming rate in which it kills people. 

At the time that this piece was written, COVID-19 had claimed the lives of 347,836 people globally. The United States accounted for just a little over one-hundred thousand of those deaths, at 100,038. People have been urged to remain in their homes to prevent the virus from spreading. Although many locations around the country have begun to reopen is some form or fashion. Still, though, lots of Chico folks have switched to working and attending school remotely to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. 

There Is Also A High Unemployment Rate

According to an article on, in five weeks within the last few months, 26.5-million workers had filed for unemployment. With so many jobless claims and unemployment systems being overwhelmed, tons of citizens are having to deal with no money coming in. Hence, it should not come as any surprise to Chico homeowners if burglary rates start to rise in their respective neighborhoods. 

Surveillance Cameras Are Deterrents

Most research reveals that the majority of home burglaries take place during the day when occupants are less likely to be home. However, lots of residents are staying home right now. That means they could potentially be inside houses and thrust into harm's way if incidents arise. For instance, if the intruder is armed, one of the family members could get shot or stabbed. Then again, loved ones could become rape victims in such situations too.

Former career criminals have been surveyed in the past, and many of them reported that surveillance cameras served as deterrents when selecting targets. So, if for nothing else, consider outfitting your property with the devices to keep criminals at bay. Then, with any luck, none of the people in your family will have to experience such fates as the ones mentioned above. 

Cameras Capture Evidence

There aren't many worse feelings than having your home broken into while you are away, only to return and discover that the perpetrator is still on the loose. Such a discovery allows fear to creep into the back of a person's mind. So much so that they believe they have to look over their shoulders continually. Modern surveillance cameras capture images in crisp and defined detail. Providing that homeowners choose the appropriate models, they do so both during the day and night.

As such, police officers and detectives can review the footage. It could reveal the intruder's identity or point them in the right direction to find them. Thus, homeowners can buy surveillance cameras to provide law enforcement officials with the clues that they need to get bad men, women, or teens off the streets. 

Contact our office to discuss your surveillance camera options 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