A Home Security Checklist

September 29th, 2022

Keeping a home safe can be a major challenge. Of course, for those in the Chico area it’s still important to do so. Creating a solid security system for your home will ensure that you have peace of mind and that your home and your loved ones are safe and protected. Roughly 3.7 million burglaries occur every year, making it important to invest in the right security system for your property. However, what kind of elements should be included when designing a good security system?

The Elements Of A Good Home Security System

There are a few different things to think about here that can have a tremendous impact on your ability to keep your home safe and secure. If you want to ensure that your Chico home is truly safe, it’s worth running through a checklist to make sure your system has all of the proper elements in place.

- Landscaping: The first step is an easy one to overlook. If you have too much shrubbery or landscaping near the home, it might conceal the entry points of a thief. Consider trimming back your landscaping to give the world a better view – it will keep you protected.

- Alarms: Alarms are common, and can help deter a criminal easily. It’s still important to invest in the right kind of alarm system, of course, but just having something available is important. If yours links to a 24/7 monitoring service, you’ll get even better results. 

- Lighting: Automatic exterior motion lights, interior lights on timers or smart home controls, and other lighting options can give the illusion that you’re home. They can also help deter criminal activity before it happens. 

- Cameras: Today’s cameras link to mobile devices, let you view your Chico home from anywhere, can record video to aid in arrests later, and more. Investing in the right kind of camera system is incredibly important when you want to make sure your home is fully protected.

These simple elements are all it takes to give your home the kind of protection that it really needs. With the help of a professional security expert, you’ll protect your property and keep your family safe.

Getting The Best Results

Of course, no two Chico homes are identical. Each security system needs to be custom designed with the property in mind. You’ll need to consider everything from locking systems to camera placement and more. As such, it’s vital that you consult with an expert to help give you the kind of security system you really deserve. Our team can help guide you to a system that works best for your property.

Giving Your Family And Home The Protection It Needs

Simply put, it’s worth investing in a good security system that includes all of the elements above. With the average loss per burglary hovering around $2,300, investing in the right system will save you money over time. If you’re ready to give your Chico home the right kind of system, we’re ready to help. Contact us today to get started.

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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

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