Why Choose Home Security Monitoring?

May 3rd, 2022

When you buy or upgrade your home’s security system, you have a lot of options you can choose from.  Cameras come in all different brands and designs with plenty of quality and feature options, electronic locks can use keycards or passcodes, and alarm systems can include door sensors, glass shatter sensors, and an integrated smoke alarm.  Another option that many security companies in Chico, CA offer is home security monitoring.

With home security monitoring, the security company that installs your security equipment will monitor things like camera feeds and security alerts 24/7.  The security team can respond to suspicious activity and alerts immediately even if you as the owner are distracted, at work, or on vacation.  The monitoring team will usually check in with you first, and if you don’t give them the all-clear they will contact the authorities.  Home security monitoring offers several concrete benefits.

Additional Deterrence

When you get home security monitoring for your Chico, CA home, you’ll also get signs you can post on fences or in yards or windows.  These signs clearly indicate that you have a security system with active monitoring, and professional burglars will know exactly what it means.  Active monitoring means that someone is watching every camera feed live, and if the monitoring team notices something unusual they can respond within minutes guaranteed.  Burglars don’t like that kind of fast response, so they’re more likely to target a different house.

Instant And Smart Notifications

Thanks to today’s technology, security companies can set up alert systems that will notify a secure app on your smartphone so you can see what’s happening when one of your cameras starts recording or when a home alarm goes off.  You can set up these alerts to automatically go off with no active monitoring, but active monitoring improves this alert system by giving you a human filter between the automatic systems and you.  If an outdoor camera notices a plastic bag flying across on a breeze, the security monitoring team will know not to contact you.

Better Insurance Rates

Insurance companies hate risk.  Higher risks mean higher chances that they’ll have to pay out, and insurance companies do whatever they can to avoid doing that.  This is why many insurers will offer incentives to homeowners who buy strong security systems, incentives like bigger payouts and lower monthly rates.  This may include a discount for getting active home security monitoring thanks to the rapid response time it offers, so check with your insurance provider to find out if you could qualify for a lower premium.

Active home security monitoring is an effective add-on to many home security systems, and most security companies in Chico, CA offer it as an upgrade to their other security packages.  Technology has come a long way in the past few decades, but having a set of human eyes watching your camera feeds can make a big difference.  Home security monitoring is also much cheaper than hiring a home security guard, so contact your local security service and see if active monitoring is right for your home.

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