Four Security Tips For Your Home And Office

May 2nd, 2022

Whether you are at your Chico home relaxing with your family or at work knocking out a project, your safety is the highest priority. No matter where you spend your time, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your spaces are always safe. Here are four security tips that will help you stay safe and secure.

1. Always Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

It’s easy to get pulled out of the moment. We can find ourselves deep in thought or completely focused on a project. During these times we are vulnerable because we aren’t paying attention to the hazards around us. No matter where you are, always make sure to take notice of your surroundings and identify any possible risks or hazardous. Whether they are a suspicious looking person, an open back door, or even a tripping hazard, simply being aware of your surroundings can help you avoid dangerous situations.

2. Plan An Escape Route

Leaving a dangerous situation is one of the best ways to stay safe. Whether you are escaping a home invasion or a fire at your workplace, make sure that you always have an escape route mapped out. If you don’t, take the time to figure out a good route to the exits from anywhere in the building. Then take the time to go over these strategies with your family or coworkers, so that everyone knows how to get out of the building quickly and orderly in the case of an emergency situation.

3. Mitigate Risks Before They Become Problems

Take the time to look over your home and office. Do you see any obvious risks to your safety? Do all the doors and windows have locks? Are there any ways to easily break in that can be blocked? Are your valuables easily seen and accessed? One of the things professional security experts always do is a site check. They take the time to find any vulnerabilities and come up with solutions to mitigate the risks they present. Take a cue from the experts and take a moment to review and fix any glaring security risks.

4. Invest In A Security System

There’s a lot of things you can do to keep yourself safe. However, nothing is more effective than getting a security system. Security systems offer layers of protection. First, they act as an effective deterrent to crime. Criminals do not want to get caught and they know that surveillance cameras and alarm systems will ensure they get caught. Secondly, they can notify you any time something unusual or threatening is happening. Finally, security systems create barriers like access control and automatic locking doors that can keep dangerous out of your space.

At home or at work, the best way to keep safe is to work with a professional security company. Chico security experts can help you identify the issues that are putting you at risk and help you come up with a customized solution to keep you safe. Working together you’ll be able to make sure no matter where you are, you’ll be able to just live your life free of worry. 

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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