Enjoy These Features With An Outdoor Wireless Security Camera

August 19th, 2021

Not all surveillance takes place indoors in Chico, CA. In fact, many properties need cameras outside to monitor and secure the premises. Of course, picking the right cam is easier said than done. There are many, many different kinds available at traditional brick-and-mortar establishments as well as online retailers. Each brand promises to do this or that, but if a consumer isn't fluent in the tech jargon, there's no telling what they might wind up buying. Read further to discover the features you should be looking for in an outdoor wireless security camera.

Characteristics That Can Make Or Break The Surveillance Experience in Chico, CA

1. Nightvision

More than likely, if the majority of recordings will be taking place outside, lighting will be an issue. After all, not all buildings have the outer perimeter lit up like an airport runway. Rather, most of them have very dim lighting if any at all. Therefore, if this is your case, consider choosing a superior outdoor wireless security camera with infrared lights. The IR technology captures crisp, clear images in the darkness. They are the ideal solution for recording license plates, faces, weapons, and more.

2. Weatherproofing

When a camera is going to be installed outside, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that the one you purchase has stellar weatherproofing. It is a silicone skin that protects against rain, snow, harmful UV rays, and humidity. If the buyer picks an inappropriate device, the internal components can become damaged. Then, instead of videoing the area, the camera won't be doing anybody any good.

3. Pan, Tilt, And Zoom

While PTZ models may not seem like that big of a deal, they are. Firstly, they cover a larger area than most other cameras. Hence, the initial equipment cost is lower as the property will not need as many devices. Plus, some options have remote capabilities that allow the user to pan, tilt, or zoom and get the perfect angle. Others automatically do these things when movement is detected to record the situation.

4. Power Options

An outdoor wireless security camera may contain wires, but then again, it might not. Everything depends on what the consumer picks. For instance, there are solar, battery, and electric options available. Some of the solar units use the sun to recharge the battery for nighttime surveillance. Meanwhile, the full battery-powered devices are usually energy-efficient. Hence, the owner doesn't have to change out the power source very often.

There is nothing wrong with the electrical wireless cameras. However, it is notable to mention that a criminal could potentially disrupt the service by snipping a few cables. Chico, CA residents should think about talking with a professional surveillance company before purchasing just any old equipment. This action will ensure that they get the most bang for their buck. Attempting to go it alone may leave the individual unhappy with their purchase and result in them feeling as if they threw their money in the trash. So, don't be afraid to ask for help and get the equipment that your property needs and deserves.

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