How a Home Security System Can Stop Germs in Their Tracks

September 2nd, 2020

As we adjust to a new normal in our homes and lives amidst the coronavirus pandemic in Chico, we also try to find ways to practice better hygiene and keep germs at bay. Did you know that your home security system is actually a good way to accomplish this? 

With smart home security in place, you can stop germs in their tracks. Today, we will go over a few ways to do this and provide you with even more perspective when it comes to protecting your home, family, and property.

Reduce Touch Points

To stop germs in their tracks, you need to limit how many objects you touch. So many things can be living on the different surfaces in our home, and it can be hard to keep up with the proper cleaning and sanitation that is needed for these high touch point areas. 

However, with a smart home security system installed, you can easily avoid and reduce touchpoints in the home.

Doorbell Cameras

Not only do these cameras help you see who is outside your home without having to open the door, but it is also a way you can interact with delivery people outside the home without having to come face to face with them to do so. 

If you have your groceries or other packages and items delivered, you can communicate with these delivery people through the doorbell camera for a contactless experience.

Many doorbell cameras are also outfitted with night vision, HD video, and can be easily integrated with your smartphone, so you have all these benefits to take advantage of. 

Smart Thermostats

How many times do you have to get up each day to adjust your thermostat? With a smart thermostat, this is no longer an issue. You can make temperature adjustments whenever needed from wherever you are in the home, without having to touch the thermostat at all. They can also be integrated with smart speakers so you can use your voice to make the adjustments.

Smart Plugs

Smart plugs allow us to automate household items, including coffeemakers, lamps, televisions, and more. All you have to do is plug your device into the electrical outlet with your smart plug. 

Once everything is connected, you can use a mobile application that is linked to the smart plugs that allow you to control these items from your phone. This will also significantly reduce the number of objects in the home that you have to physically touch each day.

In addition to all of these benefits and being able to keep germs at bay, smart home security systems in Chico can also protect against burglaries. The doorbell camera can help secure your packages, and voice control allows you to maintain control over all of your devices.

To find out more about how smart security systems can benefit your Chico home, then contact your local security experts today for more information on these innovative resources we can all use in our homes. 

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