Why Security-Grade Monitors Matter for Surveillance

March 4th, 2021

Whether at home or work in Chico, CA, quality matters when it comes to security and monitoring equipment. Professional/security grade is truly superior to standard display systems. Cheaper monitors can quickly burn out, especially with extensive use. So consider the upgrade, even if it does mean spending more up front to invest in your system.

Continual use

Security grade monitors are built for ongoing, continual use. Consumer grade systems don't have proper ventilation and aren't built for ongoing use, making them prone to burn out quickly. Proper ventilation, limits the ability to overheat, and the ability to set them up nearly anywhere, allows you to keep them running day and night, for optimal security around the clock.

You can mount them anywhere

One drawback of consumer systems is they can't be set up in portrait view; many don't have video electronic standard associations either. Security grade monitors have the capability of being mounted anywhere in Chico, CA, and are up to code on VESA standards. You have few, to no restrictions when it comes to setting them up anywhere you choose for monitoring needs. You can even mount multiple systems at once, if you are using them in a larger scale area, such as shopping mall or major business which requires added security throughout.

More connections and more control

Security grade equipment features more peripherals and ports/input slots. You can even lock out various inputs with the security features which are built into these superior systems. So employees in Chico, CA can't plug in a DVR or gaming device; you know they are constantly monitoring your store or business, eliminating the threats which are out there to attack your business (or your residence) at any given time.

Better warranties

With consumer grade systems you are lucky to get a 90-day warranty, some even state in fine print that you can void these warranties if you don't use the camera exactly to the specifications which they have laid out in the directions. So you are basically buying a system which is going to last you a few months, possibly up to a year, before you are going to have problems with it. Security grade monitors feature a multi-year warranty, so you have the piece of mind in knowing that your investment is going to be taken care of for years to come. If something does go wrong (which it is not likely to be the case) you are covered and are not going to be paying a high cost to have repair work done on your system. And, you don't have to worry about replacing the security grade monitor every few years, as is the case with consumer grade systems.

Benefits are limitless

Government control features, law enforcement, healthcare; you name the type of business in Chico, CA and dedicated use, and you can probably use your security grade monitor in that capacity.

It is not only cost effective, it is far superior quality you receive from security grade equipment. So even if you pay more up front, you'll reap the benefits, and you definitely are going to save on the costs over time as well.

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