Make The World Feel Less Dangerous And Scary With These Home Security Ideas

May 31st, 2023

There is plenty of good in the modern world, but let's face it; there is plenty of bad too. News outlets, including those right here in Chico, always seem to be covering stories about home invasions that lead to shootings, rapings, and more. The stations also regularly tell tales of burglaries without violence, vandalism, and trespassing. Because of so much stuff going on in their respective communities, many homeowners look for ways to secure their properties.

Chico residents that fall into such a category have come to the right place. This article will discuss some security options available to homeowners today, all of which may deter criminals and keep them at bay. Hence, curious parties should read on to learn more. 

Purchase A Burglar Alarm

Burglar alarms that have speakers produce loud sounds. Whenever a criminal decides to pry open a door or window, the unit will go off, and hopefully, send them running for the hills. The noise can also alert a person's neighbors, which is good as they can contact the police. These can be stand-alone models people monitor themselves, or 24/7 monitored systems, controlled by professionals. People that want to feel safe and protected should consider the second option, as it ensures that someone is watching their backs 24 hours per day, 7-days a week, and 365 days per year. 

Install Motion-Activated Lights Outside Your Home

Many times, burglars break-in between 10 am and 3 pm when people are less likely to be home. However, that does not mean that they won't strike at night under the cover of darkness. Plus, other criminals, like vandals, may seek to attack when there is no light outside so that they go unnoticed. Motion-activated lights turn on and illuminate yards whenever movement is detected.

Whenever someone is trespassing on your property after dark, the fixtures will reveal their hiding spot. Then, you will be able to see them and contact the authorities. They might become detected by nearby neighbors because of the lights, who can call the police as well. As with the noises from the alarms, these devices may scare away criminals too.

Invest In Surveillance Cameras

Many former career criminals say they were deterred at some point or another from breaking into places with surveillance equipment, and who can blame them? After all, having their faces or other distinguishing traits captured on video could have landed them behind bars. Today's models have everything Chico homeowners could ever want when it comes to features. Most of the devices have apps that allow users to review live feeds and recordings from their smartphones, laptops, or PCs.

Some models have infrared lenses to record at night. Other cameras have pan, tilt, and zoom functionalities that allow homeowners to move them whenever the need arises to catch events at particular angles. Security cameras provide people with peace of mind. They know that if a problem occurs, there will be evidence for the police to follow and identify the suspects. 

Don't hesitate to give our office a call to discuss your home security needs. 

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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."

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