How to Avoid Home Security Disasters

April 20th, 2022

Movies often depict home security disasters like home invasions and often, we find this very entertaining and thrilling. We are on the edge of our seat as the bad guy makes his way into the home, and we yell at the screen trying to warn the homeowners that they are not alone. While we may like watching these kinds of movies, we certainly don't want to star in one of our own.

For this reason, it is a good idea to invest in a Chico home security system. It is one of the best ways to avoid making your debut and being like the unsuspecting homeowners in some of your favorite movies.

Your Security System

When you get a security system and alarm, you will be immediately notified when someone enters the home or is trying to gain access. When you are inside, you can arm the alarm, and as soon as someone starts messing with a door or window or any other monitored area of the home, you will get that alarm. You won't have to stop and strain to listen for unusual noises yourself.

Security Cameras

Wouldn't you love knowing what is going on inside and outside of your home and property at all times − even when you aren't there? Security cameras and remote access capabilities make this entirely possible. 

You can watch your real-time security footage from your smartphone and receive notifications if anything happens. This gives you the chance to check things out at home or notify the authorities if you see someone on the cameras.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

In addition to warning you of intruders, your home security system can also detect carbon monoxide. It is an invisible and colorless gas that can be very dangerous. If you breathe in too much of this gas, you can become very sick, or you can die. 

Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in a central location in the home, and if anything is detected, an alarm will ring out to warn you.

Security System Upgrades

If you have a home that already has a home security system, you may want to consider having it upgraded. An upgrade can give you access to even more premium features you will love that will go a long way in offering you and your home even more protection. 

To do this, you can have the experts come to the home and assess what kind of security needs you may have. They can offer suggestions on what kind of upgrades you should get and can recommend if you should get a new system altogether. 

Being able to make these improvements to your home security system will help you avoid these common home security disasters and will ensure you can have even more peace of mind and sleep easier at night knowing that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your home and family.

If you are ready to upgrade your security system, contact the experts in Chico, CA to go over all your available 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

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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