Keeping Kids Safe While Still Allowing Them Their Freedom

July 25th, 2019

Leaving kids home alone is something that no parent in Chico, CA really looks forward to, but it’s something that all parents have to come to terms with eventually. Keeping kids safe while allowing them the freedom they need to grow into well-rounded adults is a tough thing to juggle, but upping your home security can give you peace of mind. The ability to leave kids home alone allows parents to save a great deal on childcare, and it teaches young people how to take care of themselves and handle real world responsibilities. 

Safety With Kids At Home

How can parents feel safer leaving their kids at home in this new time of their lives? A few things parents can do are: 

  • Set solid boundaries – Setting solid boundaries is an important part of building a foundation of trust. Setting boundaries regarding where they are allowed to go while home alone, where they aren’t allowed to go, when they must check in with you, and what chores need to be completed during their time at home will be your first steps in building real trust and real security regarding this newfound freedom. 

  • Invest in an alarm system – A commercial alarm system with a “panic” mode that silences the alarm but triggers communication to police, and one that covers the windows and the doors of the home can give parents invaluable peace of mind. These systems will make sure that your kids are safe in the event an unwanted presence tries to make their way inside.

  • Video surveillance system – A video surveillance system with remote monitoring can give parents the reassurance they need at any time. Not only can it check on the safety of the space and deter criminals, but it lets parents check in whenever they please. If the child is supposed to be doing their homework at 5pm, you can check in with the camera to ensure that is exactly what is going on. If your child isn’t allowed to watch television until a certain hour, you can make sure the TV is off. 

  • Have an emergency plan in place – An emergency plan can make both parents and kids feel safer in the event of any type of emergency. Creating a list that hangs in a prominent place in your Chico home that outlines what to do in the event of a break-in, in the event of a fire, or in the event of any emergency ensures that everyone is on the exact same page. 

Letting Young People Grow Safely

Young people need to be able to have their freedom in order to grow, but it’s an understandably scary time for parents and kids alike. With the right security measures put into place, and the right preparations made, this can be a very positive learning experience for both parties at the same time. If you’re looking for security for your Chico home to keep your kids safe, contact us at Crime Free Living today. 

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