Security Equipment to Improve the Value of Your Home

July 1st, 2022

There are already several ways you can improve the value of your Chico home. From hardwood flooring to an updated kitchen and bathroom, you can make a few changes and successfully increase the worth of the home.

Were you aware there are also a few security-related items you can get as well to accomplish the same thing? Home automation is beneficial, and if you are trying to sell your home, you will find that it makes for a great selling point and greatly appeals to potential buyers.

The following are a few examples of security equipment you can get to help improve the value of your home.

Smart Thermostats

These allow you to save on your energy consumption and reduce your energy bills. Many smart thermostats actually wind up paying for themselves in just a couple of short years. With these thermostats, the homeowner can adjust the temperature in the home and set it for a specific time of the day and can be controlled with your mobile device.

Smart Lights

If you want to be able to control the lighting in the home and turn the lights on and off as you please through your mobile device, then smart lights can accomplish this. There is also voice-activated technology, and the lights can be put on a pre-set schedule. This adds value for potential homeowners and makes the buying process and decisions much easier.

Smart Doorbells

This is something you can integrate with your smartphone as well so you can see who is at the door and communicate with them without having to open the door or even be at the home. This is great for potential buyers because it makes a good first impression. You can also install smart locks for even more protection.

Alarm Monitoring

This is another example of technology for the home that is becoming increasingly popular. When this kind of hardware is installed in the home before the home is purchased, it not only saves the new buyer money but it also saves time, and this is very attractive when choosing to purchase the home.

It also allows for 24/7 monitoring, and the total cost of the system is less than the average costs involved because of a home invasion.


Also in line with the security of the home are the fire alarms and smoke detectors. Having this very necessary equipment is important and instantly adds value to the property. There are temperature sensors that can protect from environmental hazards such as frozen and broken pipes, and water sensors can warn you of any potential flooding there may be in the home.

These preventative measures are appealing to potential buyers because they are already installed, and it can save them money down the road by helping to lower their insurance costs.

As you can see, there are several ways that smart home automation can quickly increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to a potential buyer. For more information on this technology and other security equipment, contact a security company in Chico, CA 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

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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