Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Security Camera System for Your Home

May 13th, 2024

Anytime you are making a decision to install a new or upgrade a security camera system in Chico, CA; you should only opt for a high-quality, secure and functioning system. Hardly can you run out of options if you are out to purchase security camera systems. You can surely meet many models, however what makes it difficult is often picking the right security camera system that can guarantee your security monitoring needs in Chico, CA while operating with very minimal upsides.

You must have in mind that many security camera systems manufacturers just hype their products for the intentions of driving their sales and that is one trick you should subtlety be aware of. You should read any review about a security camera system with caution since many reviews just mention prices which are so unrealistic and security technologies which hardly don’t even exist.

Assess your security needs

As a customer, you must first outline your security needs and that objective is what can actually lead you into picking the right security camera system for your home or business. Security cameras offer different security capabilities and in no instance should you go for a system whose functionality doesn't match your needs.

Consider the ease of use of a security camera system you intend to purchase

How easy can it get to install as well as use a security camera system you may have purchased? Does the system offer multiple-view camera and how easy can it get to retrieve any recorded images or adjust the system’s settings. Owning a security camera system which you hardly know how to operate can only give you more frustrations than the solutions you intend. Anytime you are buying a security system, you must insist on being shown how to operate it, troubleshoot any minor technical difficulties it may run into and also how you can gain access to any recorded footage.

Customer support consideration

Only purchase a security camera system from a company which promises continuous customer support since some security camera problems are unavoidable and you have to be in a good position to contact persons who understand the system you are using very well. The company you pick must also be easily accessible and ready to restore any technical fault your security camera may encounter.

Consider the quality of recorded images you intend to get from a security camera

You wouldn’t want to own a security camera that gives recorded footages that are of incredibly mediocre resolution to the extent you can hardly identify anything in the footages you get. That would be as good as not owning a security camera on the property you intend to monitor. Only go for security camera systems that operate 720p or 1080p video recording technology since they give high-quality images which can easily be analyzed. The hard drive storage space you own must also be large enough so that your camera can record images without you having fears of the recorded footage size exceeding the hard drive capacity.

Price also matters a lot – you shouldn’t pay a large amount for a security camera system only for you to end up with mediocre working security monitoring capabilities. Do your calculations well. Spend the right amount of money on the right security camera system that can best live up to your security monitoring needs.

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

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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)
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