Security Still Matters Even During A Pandemic

May 4th, 2020

People that work and live here in Chico, CA are facing the same unprecedented challenges as the rest of the country. COVID-19 is running rampant across the nation, and while this is a global pandemic, it is the USA that is the worst-hit country in the world.

For people here in Chico, CA, life as we know it has ground to a halt. Massive changes have been made to “flatten the curve” and not overwhelm medical services with too many infected cases. This has resulted in a shelter in place guidance for Americans everywhere. Still, it brings with it some new security issues.

Barriers Matter

One of the most significant issues that businesses face is being deemed “nonessential.” While some operations, such as grocery stores, and, of course, hospitals and clinics, need to continue to operate so people can survive, others do not. Fitness centers, dental clinics, home furnishing, and many others are advised to keep doors shut and not admit customers.

These businesses may have people still operating inside or maybe completely shut down as employees shift to working from home. When companies are inactive, they present a tempting target to the criminal element. However, criminals are looking for easy prey. Physical barriers, like storefront shutters/blinds, have played an essential role in protecting businesses at night. Still, now they can be crucial in preserving them for more extended periods. 

Security Cameras Mean Safety

Modern security cameras are another great tool for both home and business owners. Externally, these cameras do a good job recording people on the perimeter of a property. This makes for a useful deterrence effect. Criminals don’t want anything that accurately records physical characteristics, as this makes both investigation and conviction easier to do. The presence of cameras discourages loitering.

Internally, security cameras can help keep track of behavior. For businesses, this means watching for shoplifting during standard business days. For residences, internal cameras can be essential for ensuring safety. The elderly, for example, may fall and not be able to get back on their feet or call for help. The same is true for infants. Cameras can help to ensure that even an elderly parent staying at home in another location can be safely overseen during this pandemic.

Access Control Makes A Difference

For health care facilities, access to supplies such as medication, narcotics, and now masks, other PPEs, and ventilators is critical. Unfortunately, the black market for medicine has now expanded to include personal protective equipment and other medical gear.

Access control is an efficient way to ensure that medication and other items remain where they are supposed to. More than just a good lock, access control systems can record the exact time of access. They can show who it was that did the accessing, and, unlike a lock system, a lost key doesn’t mean needing a new lock and new keys reissued to everyone.  

The pandemic is affecting everyone here in Chico, CA. If you want better safety measures for your home or business, contact us and let us help.

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