Security Tips For Peace Of Mind While On Vacation

July 19th, 2019

Summertime is vacation time for many in Chico, CA. This is a time families all over the region look forward to in order to take some time off, enjoy time with each other, and simply relax away from everyday life stresses for a little while. However, how are families expected to truly relax when their minds are stuck on their properties back home? Going away leaves your home vulnerable, and it may be more likely that your home will fall victim to a burglary or other criminal activity. 

Keeping your Chico home secure while you’re away allows you to relax better, and lets you know that everything is just as its supposed to be back home while you’re enjoying your time away. 

5 Tips For Better Vacation Security

A few tips can make taking your summer vacation even more enjoyable this year, and for all the years going forward. 5 tips for better security back home while you’re on vacation are: 

  1. Make your home appear occupied – An empty home is a home at risk. Burglars and criminals will know they’re least likely to be caught when the home is vacant, which is why it’s vacant homes they’re most likely to target. Making your home appear occupied mitigates this risk, and there are a couple different options you can use to give your home the look of activity. Motion detecting lights that turn on when a motion sensor is triggered is highly effective, and so are remotely operated home automation systems that can control lights in the home from the tap of a smartphone. 

  1. Place a hold on your mail – Placing a hold on your mail not only ensures that the mail doesn’t pile up, but that sensitive information doesn’t get stolen from your mailbox. Not all burglaries occur inside of the home, and mail theft can be a major issue leading to identity theft in the Chico, CA region. 

  1. Install home security cameras – Today’s home security cameras are more high tech and user friendly than ever. Using your smartphone or tablet, you can keep an eye on your home and ensure you know all of the goings on in and around the area. 

  1. Take care of yard work before you go – Overgrown bushes, large trees, and any obstacles in your landscaping can provide areas for burglars to hide. Taking care of your landscaping before you go will ensure you leave a clear area behind that is unattractive to criminals. 

  1. Make sure detectors and alarms are working – Before you leave, check all carbon monoxide, heat, smoke, and burglar alarms. This will let you know that your systems will be looking after your home even while you’re away. 

Peace Of Mind For A More Valuable Vacation

The best vacations are those that let you relax, unwind, and have a little fun. With the right security measures in place, you won’t need to worry about what is going on back home, and you’ll be able to let loose while you’re away. For more information on home security while you’re taking your summer vacation, contact us at Crime Free Living. 

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