Security Cameras Have Many Uses

June 21st, 2019

Security cameras can be an essential piece of equipment for any home or business in Chico, CA. They can provide an essential piece of deterrence on your property, as many thieves will think twice about intruding on any place where their identifying features can be easily identified.

However, while crime prevention and investigation assistance are the chief advantages of security cameras in Chico, CA, that’s not the only thing they are good for. With a little bit of creativity, cameras can also prove to quite useful in other ways.

Employee Surveillance

It’s not just criminals that need to fear security cameras; they can work for you when it comes to keeping an eye on employees. Sadly, employee theft is that uncommon an occurrence. Security cameras that are positioned in key areas, such as the cashier counter, or the stock/inventory room can be very useful in preventing internal crime.

However, they can also be used to find employee behavior you think needs improvement or find employee behavior you want to encourage. When employees go above and beyond with customers in front of a camera, for example, you can quickly find out about this. Conversely, if employees handle a situation poorly, everyone can learn from watching the camera playback.

Insurance Disputes

Sometimes things happen outside or inside a home or business. A tree in the neighboring property falls through a window, or a contractor that was doing repair work gets careless and damages something. There are plenty of instances where you may need to be compensated for by your insurance because something has happened that you have coverage for. However, without proof that you are a victim of an accident, sometimes an insurance investigation will decide you manufactured an accident for your own gain.

Cameras outside or inside a property can often help corroborate your version of events. If you have indoor cameras, and a tree suddenly crashes through the window at the time you claimed, you have video proof. In the same way, if a careless worker under a contractor gets into an accident, and the camera caught it, you once again have proof that settles an insurance dispute.

Keep An Eye On Family

If you have children, or you have elderly parents, internal security cameras can be extremely useful for safety. For example, when you’re not home, but the children are with a baby sitter, internal security cameras can ensure that the kids are safe since you can remotely check the feed anytime you like. The presence of security cameras also ensures a baby sitter doesn’t mistreat children or invite friends over to use your home.

With elderly parents, security cameras can be essential in keeping them safe. People with mobility problems may fall or have other accidents where it can sometimes take hours to realize they need help. With a security camera, however, you can see—and assist—your parents with a quick check on their status.

Security cameras are great for many different purposes in Chico, CA. If you’d like to know more about security cameras for your property, and other uses for them; contact us today and let us help.

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