Stay Safe At Home With These Tips

June 9th, 2020

All sorts of people, including those right here in Chico, are remaining cooped up inside their homes right now because of the novel coronavirus that is causing chaos around the world. Of course, with COVID-19 being responsible for 355,575 deaths globally at the time this piece was written, who can blame them? When persons elect to stay at their houses, and only leave for necessary things, like going to the doctor or grocery store, they have a better chance of not contracting the disease. Then again, if individuals already have the virus, keeping to themselves prevents them from spreading it to others.

Not everyone is hanging out indoors, though. Some people have worked throughout the pandemic as their jobs are deemed as essential. Career burglars may include themselves in such a category. After all, the unemployment rate is high in the U.S. right now, and they need to earn a living too, even if there isn't anything legal about what they are doing. Hence, Chico homeowners need to take certain precautions to, hopefully, stop their homes from becoming targets.

The remaining sections of this article will focus on several security tips that could be just what the doctor ordered to keep the criminals at bay. Therefore, interested Chico parties should stay right here and read further to learn more. So, without any more ado, let's get on with it. 

Install High-Quality Surveillance Cameras Around The Property

Video security is an excellent choice for deterring burglars. One survey conducted with twelve former career thieves shows nearly half of them reported that the presence of CCTV systems prevented them from breaking into places. Most robbers want things quick and easy, but when locations have surveillance cameras, the devices throw wrenches into their plans.

The individuals don't want to take chances and have their faces or other distinguishing marks caught on video. After all, that could lead to them getting identified and thrown into jail. On that note, cameras are a great option, as they record evidence should incidents happen to arise, which can be utilized to ensure that justice gets served.

Keep All Of Your Of Your Doors And Windows Locked

Most movies portray break-ins as elaborately planned out schemes. However, that usually isn't the way things go in real life. When it comes to home burglaries, more often than not, burglars get inside through an unlocked door or window. It is best to keep the mechanisms on these entry points secured in the closed position at all times, even while you are at home. Some people like to air out their houses in the summer, which is fine, but when they are done, they should make it a point to go through and lock everything back down accordingly. 

Consider Motion-Activated Lighting

The majority of burglaries happen during the day time when people are less likely to be home. However, that does not mean that a thief cannot or won't attempt the deed at night under the cover of darkness. Peeping Toms, vandals, and other criminals may come onto properties during evening hours as well. Motion-activated lights kick on as soon as they detect movement. If you are worried about trespassers hiding in the shadows of your yard, think about installing these units to brighten things up whenever there is a disturbance outside.  

Give our office a call to discuss your high-quality surveillance camera options. 

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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

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