Simple Steps Any Homeowner Can Take To Create A Safer Home

August 3rd, 2022

Creating a safe home is something that most Chico, CA home owners are concerned with to some extent. Afterall, your home should be you and your family’s safe haven after a long day. It’s where you store all of your belongings, it’s where you lay your head at night, and it’s where you should be able to relieve yourself of the stresses of the day. Many homeowners of Chico, CA have an inflated view of the actual safety of their home, however, and their properties may not be quite as safe as they think they are.

A burglary occurs in the United States right around every 22 seconds of every day, even in homes of the Chico, CA region. Unless the proper precautions are made, any homeowner could be putting themselves at risk of being the target for the next 22 second cycle.

4 Steps You Can Make To Better Secure Your Home

There are some very simple steps any homeowner can make to improve the safety of their home in a very real and effective way. 4 steps you can make to better secure your area home are:

1. Consider your landscaping Burglars don’t want to be caught, and they’ll look for properties that offer ample places to hide so they won’t be. Your landscaping could be providing cover for today’s burglars, making your home a more attractive target to carry out their next crime. If your home has overgrown areas of brush, bushes near windows or other entryways, or large shady trees, a burglar may look at you as an attractive target.

2. Install security cameras Security cameras can be one of the most effective deterrents there is when it comes to stopping burglaries, and they provide evidence should any type of crime occur. Burglars will see signage pointing to your cameras, and know that their actions are being recorded on your property.

3. Utilize motion sensor lights It’s difficult to go unnoticed when you’re under the spotlight, and that’s just what motion sensor lights provide. Not only do they take away any cover of darkness, but they give off the impression of activity around the home. A burglar who doesn’t wish to be caught won’t want to be seen by neighbors, homeowners, or their families.

4. Alarm systems armed during the day While most think that burglaries are nighttime crimes, statistics show that most burglaries in the United States actually happen during the day. The thought behind this is simple – most families are at work or school during daytime hours, so homes are left vacant and ripe for the taking. Alarm systems guarding your home during daytime hours ensures your property is protected while you’re not around.

Creating Safer Homes

Security systems and proactive security measures create safer homes all throughout the region. If you’re looking to better keep your home protected around the clock, contact us for the solutions you need to keep your home safe 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

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