Moving Apartments This Fall? Bring A Security System With You

May 4th, 2022

Most apartment buildings and apartment complexes in Chico, CA have some amount of security built in.  They may have an entrance a resident has to buzz to let a guest in, they may have grounds with limited entrances, and they may have security cameras set up in the parking areas and the public grounds.  However, they may not have enough security for their area, or you might want to keep your apartment safe from other tenants.  Fortunately, modern security technology offers a solution.

With older security systems you would have to install wires that run through the walls, large camera mounts, and other permanent fixtures.  Apartment managers don’t allow this kind of work on their buildings, so you had to stick with what the complex had.  Plus even if you could install better security for your apartment, the system would stay there after you moved out.  However, these days security technology is wireless, mobile, and easy to take with you.

Wireless Cameras

Surveillance cameras have gone through a technological revolution.  Old models used to need two cables, one to power the camera and one to send footage back to the monitors and recording devices.  These days you can get cameras that don’t need any cables:  instead they operate on battery power and send their feeds wirelessly through a Wi-Fi internet connection.  The cameras are also lightweight, so you can set them up on temporary mounts that won’t break your lease agreement and pack them up when it’s time to move.

Wireless Sensors

Sensors are also much smaller and lighter than they were a few decades ago.  That means you can set contact sensors on your doors and windows with just a little tape and put a window-shatter sensor in a room by plugging it into an outlet.  You can also arm and disarm your alarm system by sending a wireless signal from your smartphone, and that means you don’t need to install a security panel anywhere in your Chico, CA apartment.  Just like your cameras, you can take your sensors down and bring them with you when you move.

Security Stickers

Security stickers don’t do anything to protect your apartment home from burglars or nosy neighbors, but they can sometimes deter people from trying to sneak in while you’re not around.  That’s why security companies regularly provide stickers when you buy equipment from them or use their services, and it’s why some apartment tenants will buy the stickers on their own and hope for the best.  Depending on the design and the company these stickers can be easy or hard to remove, but if you have a few extras you can always apply another at your next address.

Whether you’re moving because of work, college, budget, or personal needs, you should have a security system that lets you feel comfortable at home.  Fortunately today’s security technology lets you take your favorite system with you whenever you move.  Find out your options for a mobile Chico, CA security setup today.

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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

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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