Why Should I Invest In An Offline Security System?

February 10th, 2022

WiFi is everywhere, and in today’s modern world, we’ve become more connected to the internet and each other than ever. We do our Chico,CA banking, our shopping, and our research online from the comfort and convenience of a smartphone, and we think little of it or how incredible the ability is when compared to life just a short decade ago. However, when the WiFi goes out, a service provider experiences a glitch, or there is simply no internet where you are, you quickly see how important offline options are, too. 

When it comes to Chico, CA home security, you’re going to find a lot of options that rely heavily on online capabilities. While these capabilities are nothing short of amazing, like remote monitoring, they’re not everything a great security plan has to offer. 

The Benefits Of Implementing Offline Security Layers 

A remote monitoring home video surveillance system that keeps an eye on your Chico, CA property is great, but what if your internet cuts out? What will you have protecting you then? Having a multi-layered approach to your security is always your best bet, and a few benefits of implementing offline security layers are: 

  • They’re inexpensive – Offline security layers are often inexpensive, but what they bring to your home security is invaluable. A heavy duty deadbolt for a front door, for instance, will have some installation cost attached to it, but no long-term fees and the initial cost isn’t too much. A motion activated light for the front porch can be purchased at just about any hardware store, and provides both light to your space and the look of activity whether you’re at home or away.


  • They work whether the internet is on or not – Internet services providers aren’t perfect, and you don’t want your home left vulnerable if service goes down. These offline layers work even if the internet is out, and they never skip a beat. Some even work when the power goes out during a big storm, like deadbolt locks or motion detecting lights that work off of battery power. 

  • They’re effective – Most importantly, offline security measures are effective. A strong deadbolt isn’t going to allow an intruder in easily, and motion detection lights are often enough to scare potential intruders away before they ever reach your entryways. With such a low investment price and proven efficacy, there is no reason not to add in some offline layers to keep your home safe. 

A Well Rounded Approach To Home Security 

A well rounded approach to home security is your best bet for truly keeping your home safe. Online security measures are great, and they’re simply getting better every year, but until online capabilities are a 24/7/365 thing, they’re not enough on their own. These offline measures keep you protected during these downtimes, and they’re always there working for you whether you’re at home or away. With online paired with offline, you’re doing the very best you can to ensure your home is always a safe place. 

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)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators