Daycare Security Is A Smart Investment

October 21st, 2021

If you run a daycare or other childcare facility in Chico, CA, you are probably already aware of the heavy responsibility you bear. Children are, in one sense, one of the most important investments that any human being can make, and to be entrusted with the care of such children while the parents are unable to, is not something that should be taken lightly. Should anything negative happen to a child, such as an injury, abduction, or even death, the effects are traumatic and widespread.

This is why child safety is such an important concern for any Chico, CA daycare facility, and it’s not just supervising the children under care that is important. There needs to be an effort to ensure they are secure from outside risks as well. Daycare centers may actually be safer than the homes that children return to, but only if you take the appropriate security precautions.

Front Desk Sign-Ins

This is a very basic, easy to implement precaution, and it can be done with minimal effort. This is just a matter of enforcing good professional practice for a daycare. A sign-in sheet means that visitors’ names and arrival times are always logged in. As long as the staff is diligent about manning the desk and making sure visitors sign in, this is a great way to safely monitor and control outside traffic into the daycare center.


Another very effective and not-too-difficult to implement security practice is ensuring there is a lock, or locks, between the entrance of a daycare and where the children are. Strangers should never have complete, unobstructed access to where the children are actually being cared for. At the minimum, traditional locks with keys should be in place, or, for extra security, modern access control systems, such as key pads, key cards, or other measures that reduce the risk of duplicate keys or lock picking efforts.


Security cameras can be a incredibly important tool in childcare. On the mundane side, a daycare under camera surveillance can easily settle arguments and/or fights among children with actual evidence of who started a fight, rather than going on a child’s word about what actually happened.

More importantly, however, cameras are a great crime deterrent. The presence of cameras ensures employees don’t commit crimes like theft, or even mistreat children because they believe no one is watching. But for criminal activity from strangers, especially if combined with other tools, like sign-in desks, good, verifiable images can be captured and used in both investigations and court to resolve criminal activity, such as unauthorized adults posing as relatives and making off with a child. Now there is much more concrete evidence of who a person is, and what he or she looked like, in addition to clothing, timestamp of activities, and even the reaction of the child.

Don’t take a chance with something as important as the welfare of children under professional care in Chico, CA. Get the security these children deserve and contact us to see how we can improve the security of your daycare.

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"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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"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

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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

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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."

Tieka and Don S.

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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