Home Security System Should You DIY Or Hire Professionals?

July 10th, 2020

Home security systems continuously evolve as time goes by. From simple locks to technology-driven equipment, homeowners now have more options. 

Finding the best home security system requires you to consider various factors, including your specific needs, lifestyle, and circumstances. Aside from quality, you should also choose the one that offers convenience.

Taking On The Challenge By Yourself

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are gaining popularity. That is why many CA homeowners are also considering this method in creating the best home security system for their families.

There are many products available on the market that you can purchase for a DIY system. Doing this allows you to bypass scheduling appointments for professional installation, monitoring fees, and signing binding contracts. However, you will have to physically install all of the related equipment such as cameras, motion sensors, and other devices you want to include. You should also be extra careful to avoid installation mistakes that may lead to problems in the future.

  • Pros
    • Lower Costs
    • Immediate Installation
    • Customization
    • A High Level Of Familiarity


  • Cons
    • Lack Of Knowledge And Expertise
    • Inability To Install More Complex Systems

Choosing A Professional Security Solutions Company

Residents in CA who want to leave everything to a more experienced person can expect expert installation and monitoring. Hiring a professional will not only allow you to have a more complex design but also lessen the stress of setting up devices.

If you take this route, the professional security systems company of your choice will carefully handle all of the required steps for you. They will help design the best home security system that will fit your needs and property. They can also give you much-needed advice that will help you choose the inclusions for your system. 

Afterward, they will schedule the date for the installation. Additionally, they can test the whole system to ensure that the equipment and devices are working properly. Since a security solutions company has the right skills and knowledge, they can also finish the installation more quickly.

  • Pros
    • Professional Assessment Of Your Property
    • Ease Of Installation
    • Possible Discounts Or Promos
    • A More Comprehensive Security System


  • Cons
    • May Cost More Than DIY
    • Commitment To A Schedule

Getting The Right Partner

Some Chico homeowners prefer DIY installation. Others think professional installation is more practical. No matter what your decision may be, the most important thing is that you are getting the right protection for your family.

You can research about various products and services available in your area. You can also check reviews from previous customers and users. Weigh each option properly so that you can make a well-informed decision. Make sure the one you choose fits your family’s needs, the landscape of your property, and your lifestyle.

Another thing you can do is to talk to an expert. Discuss what you want to get for your home security system and the issues you need to address. Doing this will help you better understand your options. Contact us now to learn more.

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