How to Choose The Best Security Cameras For Your Business

September 3rd, 2021

The success of a business in Chico. CA depends on many factors, security being a major one. You need to protect it against several threats including malicious mischief, theft, and burglary. Installing business security cameras is the most efficient method of improving the safety of an investment. The number of businesses in Chico. CA installing business security cameras is significantly growing, proving their effectiveness in deterring criminals. However, it requires time, careful evaluation and analysis to choose the right system that meets the security needs of a business enterprise.

Below is the ultimate buyer's guide for anyone who wishes to install business security cameras. It includes a few questions that you should ask as a prospective buyer before deciding the system to choose.

What are the business security requirements to your investment?

A prospective buyer needs to understand the capabilities of an ideal security system. Some possible specifications include night vision, infrared and wireless compatibilities. Such a system can identify intruders even in the dark. Some other features to consider are weatherproof capability and the recording resolution. As well, know the type of lens camera you are buying, whether it be vari-focal or a fixed lens. The recorder can be a hardware based digital recorder or a PC-based digital video recorder.

A buyer should also know whether the security camera is meant for outdoor or indoor use. The highest and lowest temperature recommended for a specific brand, and the duration recorded videos are kept.

Does the supplier meet your requirements?

A buyer should consider purchasing a security system from a supplier specializing in security cameras. The supplier should have an excellent reputation and favor buyers with an exceptional customer service. When buying, consider the expertise level of the customer service and sales representatives, including how long the supplier has been operational.

Does the security system meet all your business requirements?

When designing a security camera system, seek help from experts to ensure it satisfies the needs of your business. This includes the number of cameras, the type of power supply, and capacity for the security cameras, enough hard drive capacity and an efficient digital video recorder. A good security system also allows remote monitoring.

System Installation

Business managers should purchase a wireless surveillance system that is easy to install such that they can do it by themselves if they wish. However, they need to understand the needed installation tools, where the cameras should be mounted and camera alignment after installation.

Does the system allow remote monitoring?

Business owners are recommended to choose surveillance systems that allow remote viewing to ensure efficient monitoring of their business at all times. Such a system is capable of broadcasting live and records footages to mobile devices and desktop PCs.

What are the initial and maintenance costs of the security system?

When choosing a security system, consider the purchase price, maintenance and monitoring costs to determine the overall cost. As well, the product should be beneficial in the long run, with great performance and ability to support upgrades.

The chosen system should also be expandable to meet the growing business needs and rapidly changing market trends. Wireless camera systems are the best as their network can be advanced to IP systems easily.

Finally, choose a trusted security brand that supplies high-quality products. Buying can be done online or directly from a local brick and mortar location. Ensure security of your business is the main priority and make the right choice that satisfies your business security needs.

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