Crime Prevention Tips For A Safer Community

March 13th, 2023

Crime can happen anywhere. Sometimes, even neighborhoods that seem safe fall victim to crooks. The worries of communities rise even more in times of economic distress.

Fortunately, there are preventative measures that residents of Chico, CA can practice to reduce the risks of being targeted. When it comes to community safety, you have to keep in mind that team effort may be the best approach. You may have to work with your neighbors for crime prevention.


Property crimes affect millions of Americans each year. It comes in different forms. However, one of the most common in residential areas is burglary. In its Crime in the U.S. 2018 report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said there were around 1,230,149 burglaries in the country.

Generally, burglary refers to the unlawful entry into a structure. In most cases, it involves theft. Experiencing a break-in or knowing that someone targeted a neighbor can leave you feeling uneasy. It may also make sleeping at night harder as you would always worry about possible attacks in your CA home.

Safe Homes

Creating a safer community does not have to be so hard. You and your neighbors have to practice vigilance. Looking out for each other can also help increase the chances of warding off criminals.

  • Get to know those living in your neighborhood. One effective way of deterring crimes is to know the people living near you. Doing this will help you recognize suspicious individuals lurking in the area. Being aware of the habits and routines of your immediate neighbors can also be beneficial in watching out for the welfare of each other. You may also share contact information so you can reach them in case of emergencies.


  • Give trusted neighbors a heads up if you are going on vacation. Leaving your home unattended will make it more vulnerable to break-ins. So, let your neighbors know if you will be gone for some time. You can also ask them to collect your mail so it would seem that you are around. At the same time, they can also keep an eye on your property. While letting your neighbors know about your vacation plan helps, posting it on social media is a big no as some criminals rely on public social media posts to stalk residents’activities.


  • Install a reliable home security system. Many criminals choose to give up on homes with security systems in place. Video surveillance can capture their movements and reveal their identities. Alarm or motion sensors can deter them. Having these will keep your property secured. Encouraging your neighbors to have one too can also increase the security of the whole community.

Getting Help

Choosing the right home security system for your CA home can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of options available. So, you may have a hard time choosing. If you want high-quality equipment and service, then contact our team. We can provide customized solutions that will fit your needs.  

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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."

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D. Weseman, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

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"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."

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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."

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"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."

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"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
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