Are You Afraid To Leave Your House Because Of What Might Happen?

March 8th, 2023

All sorts of people are afraid to go on trips for business or pleasure, not because of what one might think, though. They aren't scared of riding in the car, flying in a plane, or riding on a train. Rather, folks fear what might happen to their property while they are gone. Why? Well, for starters, an empty Chico house can be quite inviting to burglars. If the criminals see that nobody is home, they know that the place could be an easy target where they can steal goods and sneak away without anyone being the wiser.

Then again, concerns also arise about vandals. When the homeowner and his/her family are not home, the perpetrators could sneak onto the property and destroy various things in their wake. For instance, they might smash windows, tear up flowerbeds, break outdoor air conditioning units, and more. Nobody wants to return from a trip to an empty house or items that have been completely destroyed.

Luckily, there may be some ways for Chico homeowners to keep such trespassers at bay. Several of them are going to be discussed right here in the following sections. Hence, curious persons should stay put and read on to learn more. 

Have A Chico Organization Install Surveillance Cameras

Security cameras are deterrents. In other words, many criminals avoid properties with the devices as they don't want to get identified on the footage. After all, that would probably land them behind bars, which on the majority of occasions, they try to avoid. Sometimes, thieves will go through with their plans regardless of whether cams are in place. That is where utilizing a company that offers monitoring service comes into play. The representatives will watch over the location 24/7. As such, the homeowners gain peace of mind and can enjoy trips whenever they wish. 

Get Rid Of The Spare Key Outside Your Home

Sure, having a key outside under a fake rock, beneath a welcome mat, or inside a barbecue pit is nice. It allows the homeowner to get into their house when they misplace or lose their keys. However, criminals are aware of these and other hiding spots. It is their job to learn about the tendencies of homeowners and use them to their advantage. Hence, it is a good idea to replace the front, back, and side door locks around one's house with smart or keyless locks. Then, if they get locked out, simply using their phone or entering a PIN will gain them entry. 

Be Careful About Telling People You Are Heading Out Of Town

It is one thing to discuss your trip with family members and even trustworthy neighbors. Yet, persons should avoid revealing information about their adventures to a companion of the 3rd cousin on their mother's side. That individual could be a burglar just waiting to hear about an easy target. Additionally, individuals should avoid sharing too much info about going out of town on social media. There is no telling who might access the homeowner's account, and, they too, could use the data to strike while nobody is home. 

Don’t hesitate to give us a call to discuss your home security options. 

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