Smart And Simple Ways To Secure Your Home

February 2nd, 2023

While the best defense against burglaries is a well-armed security system, that doesn’t mean there aren’t simpler things you can do to help to keep your home safe. Thinking like a burglar, you can do a few simple and smart things to safeguard your home, ensuring that your security system is backed up to the best of your ability. 

Your home should be your safe space, and your place where you can truly relax after a long day. Deterring crime helps to ensure it remains just that type of environment, and every protection measure you take works to deter crime that much further. Criminals, ideally, want to get in, get out, and get away with their crimes, and anything that stands in their way is just a measure convincing them to leave your property in Chico, CA alone. 

Simple Ways To Better Secure Your Space 

There are a number of simple things you can do to protect your Chico, CA home. Some of these measures you can take include: 

  • Keep your doors and windows locked – It takes a burglar only 60 seconds to break into your home, and anything longer than that is considered a deterrent. Burglars want to get in quickly and get out just as simple as how they came. Keeping your doors and windows locked puts that extra measure in place that takes more time, causing burglars to bypass your home for a property in Chico, CA they deem “easier”. 

  • Keep your locks updated – Like any other fixture in or on your home, locks can degrade over time. A degraded lock is a lock that is easy to break or break in to, making your home more attractive to burglars. Keeping your locks strong and updated helps to keep your home safe. 

  • Use lighting to your advantage – Motion sensing lighting inside and outside helps to keep your home safe. Burglars like vacant properties, and properties that give them plenty of potentials to hide. Motion sensing lighting not only takes away the darkness for criminals to hide in, but it also presents the appearance of activity even in a vacant home. 

  • Keep your valuable out of sight – Even if a home has protections in place, visible valuables can make the risk seem “work it” to criminals. A very large TV, safe, expensive collectibles, or other valuables are tantalizing to burglars looking to target particular homes. Keeping your valuables out of sight of windows and doorways takes this temptation away from those considering a burglary of your home. 

Securing Your Home The Smart Way 

Security camera systems and other technologies are your best defenses against criminals today. These high tech tools are more user friendly than ever, and our professionals are here to make full installations and provide ample support. If you’re looking to protect your home with the technologies proven to deter criminals from targeting your space, we’re here to help. Call us today to see how we can improve your home security strategy. 

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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
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