The Importance Of A Home Security System

August 4th, 2022

Some people think that having a home security system is an unnecessary expense. Given that the FBI has reported a continuous decline in the number of crimes, including property crimes, some may think that this belief is reasonable. However, the decrease in crimes does not eliminate the risk of being a victim. Besides, there are a lot of benefits one can get from it.

Protecting The Household

  • Perhaps the most common reason for installing a security system is to protect one’s home and family. Studies have shown that having an alarm system can prevent break-ins. Hearing an alarm can make an intruder leave. But if in case that it does not hinder an intruder’s plans, it can still serve as a warning to those inside to move to a safer location or go outside while waiting for authorities.

  • Modern security systems can also add another layer of protection with an early warning system in case of fire. One can also get information on the presence of fire, including the source of heat. Fire can spread fast. That is why it is necessary to know about it before it is too late.

  • Peace of mind is also something one can have through a security system. Knowing that one’s home is well-protected can reduce worries. It is especially helpful to the elderly or people who have medical conditions. 

  • Homes are where people usually keep their valuables. Burglars know this too. That is why they target vulnerable properties. Most burglars steal smaller items that have more retail value, such as jewelry or gadgets. In 2018, the estimated value of property losses due to burglaries reached $3.4 billion.  

Remote Access

Homeowners in Chico can still watch over their homes even when they are away. Some security systems allow remote access. One can arm or disarm the home alarms, monitor the video surveillance footage, turn lights on or off, and control the temperature.

Not only can a homeowner watch their Chico home for intruders, but one can also protect one’s property without moving an inch from one’s location. If you are on a vacation or business trip, you can make it look like someone is at home by turning on the lights at a specific time.

Save Energy

One way of increasing the functions of a security system for your home in Chico, CA is through home automation. One can prepare for temperature changes by adjusting the air conditioning or heating systems. This way, you can avoid pipe damage and save on your electric bills. Some systems also allow connection to some appliances. Now, homeowners can secure their homes and reduce their energy consumption.

A home security system may be one of the best investments one can have. It is useful and practical. Some people think that having one can be costly. However, one would realize that spending some bucks for this system is worth it. If you are interested in having one, contact us to learn more. 

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