Protecting Schools With Access Control And Security Cameras

September 30th, 2019

Sadly, it’s a scary time to be a schoolchild in America. Between the increase in bullying, incidents of both physical and sexual assault against students and staff, and the prevalence of mass shootings, we have to do everything we can to protect our Chico community schools. One of the best things we can do is install a comprehensive security system that provides both access control and surveillance footage.  

How Access Control Can Protect Students

Access control is a type of security system that limits the access to buildings and rooms. Access control systems come in a variety of styles, but typically use identification cards, keycodes, and bluetooth signals in order to unlock and open a door. These are very valuable at schools because they can keep dangerous intruders out. The best strategy is to install access control at all entry points and vulnerable areas. Then during school hours, only allow entry from outside visitors through the front lobby. That way everyone that comes to the school has to check in before entering.

How Surveillance Systems Protect Students

The sad fact is, our educators are overloaded. Between overflowing classrooms and a variety of extra tasks, they simply can’t be everywhere at once. A surveillance system helps give school staff an extra set of eyes across the campus. This helps ensure that all student activity is being monitored, even when a teacher or administrator isn’t present. In a serious incident, like a school shooting, it can notify staff that an active shooter is on campus and where they are located. This can help emergency responders direct students and faculty to safety and lets law enforcement know exactly where the shooter is to capture them.

What Does School Safety Cost A Community?

We can’t put a price on our children’s safety. However, we still have to contend with the fact that most Chico schools are already underfunded. So trying to find the money for a security system in an already stretched budget can be a challenge for administrators. However, there are some ways to help pay for these systems. First, your school board should work with a security company that specializes in school security. They know exactly how to implement both access control systems and surveillance cameras within a constrained budget. Secondly, parents and administrators can work together to raise the money. Finally, there may be some cost savings involved, such as a decrease in the cost of premises liability. 

As a community we have to address the dangers to our school students. Access control and surveillance cameras can go a long way to help. Furthermore, at Crime Free Living we understand how budget can be a factor. We work closely with Chico schools to help find ways to implement a security system without taking away from the budget needed to educate our children. Give us a call and speak to one of our school security experts. We’ll help you fight to keep your kids safe.

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