4 Tips To Find the Right Security System For Your Property

May 19th, 2023

A security system is an essential feature every CA property should have these days. Using the technology brought by security systems today will help you stay protected on your property. 

The thing is, there are many security systems available today, which can get overwhelming to choose from, especially for first-time buyers. How do you know which one to get? Here are tips to help you find the right security system for you. 

  1. Determine What You Want

Before you look for a security system either for your home or business establishment in Chico, create a list of your priorities. What do you want out of a security system? How large are the areas you want to keep an eye on? There are many factors you have to consider in order to find the right security option that will suit your needs, such as the location, foot traffic, and property features. 

  1. Stick To The Basics

Unless your property holds Egyptian scrolls, marble statues, and whatnot, you might want to stick to the basics. This means going for a security system that is loaded with the right features and comes with an affordable price tag. Not everyone requires an advanced security system. Sure, the additional features may seem straight from 2030, but it’s always best to be practical. 

You will find that the most basic security systems can already make you feel safe all year round. What’s important is that the one you opt for can address your unique needs and last for a long time. 

  1. Do It Yourself

If you want more than just a few cameras on your CA property, you can set up some systems yourself, especially if you want to save more money. In doing so, you don’t need to worry about installation charges and monthly subscription fees. If you have enough skills and knowledge, go ahead and install the system on your own. 

Most DIY systems today come in comprehensive kits, and you can choose one based on the features and functions that you want. Another advantage of a DIY system is that you can upgrade it as needed. Since it connects to a Wi-Fi network, you can keep adding components whenever you please. 

However, the downside is that DIY systems are self-monitored, which means you will be the one to contact the police when your security alarms are triggered.

  1. Hire A Professional 

On the other hand, if you have the budget, you can hire professionals to install the security system for you. This option may not be as cheap as DIY, but experts can take the task out of your hands. Moreover, you’ll feel at ease knowing that your security system has been properly installed by trained individuals. 

Usually, you can have your system installed by the same people you purchased it from. So if you want to make the experience much easier and more convenient, work with professionals instead. 

These tips will help you find the best security system for your property. Additionally, turning to a reputable company that offers top-notch security solutions is a must to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth. Contact us today to learn more about the options available to you.

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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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