Getting Your Home Security In Check Before Fall

August 6th, 2020

While summer might be in full swing in CA, fall will be here before we know it. As we approach these dog days of summer, it’s important to consider the upcoming season and how it presents unique security concerns. If you’ve just secured your home for the first time this summer, you may not be aware of the differences between summer and fall home security measures in Chico, CA. 

When you get your home security in check before the fall season, you can peacefully transition to the cool weather months without worrying about your home and your family. With the right professionals on your side, you can rest assured you’ve maximized your home security as a whole regardless of the time of year. 

Tips For A Secure Fall Home 

When it comes to securing your home for the fall season, it pays to know where to start. A few tips for securing your Chico home before the leaves start to turn are the following: 

  1. Consider your outdoor lighting – During the fall season, the days start getting noticeably shorter. While you may have bright sunshine and natural light until 8 or 9 pm during the summer, it’ll start getting darker a few hours earlier once the fall is in full swing. Burglars and trespassers thrive under the cover of darkness, and more darkness on your property could be attractive to those with ill intent. 

In order to prepare your home for the fall season, investing in your lighting is a great idea. Motion sensor lighting is a security layer that conserves energy, gives the look of activity within the home, and lights up your property when you need it the most. 

  1. Consider your camera placement – If you have security cameras installed around the home, you may wish to reconsider their placement for the fall and winter seasons. For instance, if you have one camera zeroed in on your outdoor pool, this could be wasted technology during the cool months when no one is using the pool. Focus on your front door, the garage, and any dark pathways that may surround your property. 

  1. Keep up with your yard maintenance – While it’s true that yard maintenance may slow down in the fall months, it shouldn’t stop entirely. Untrimmed trees and bushes, weeds sprouting everywhere, and grass growing high all give criminals places to hide. It’s important to maintain your yard throughout the year and to ensure you’re not providing hiding places you could regret later on. 

Keeping Your Home Protected Throughout The Seasons 

Watching the pool and the front street is a priority in the summer, and keeping watch on dark pathways is a big deal in fall. Meanwhile, focusing on your porch is the key during the winter season, and maintaining a manicured lawn and garden is crucial in spring. No matter the season, you have security needs, and keeping up with them is important. If you’re interested in seeing what you can do for your home security this fall, contact us today. 

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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."

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"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.

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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