You Can Support Law Enforcement With Private Security Cameras

May 5th, 2022

Law enforcement plays a central role in community safety.  A properly trained police and security force can spot suspicious behavior before it leads to a crime, gather evidence after a crime to find the guilty party, and enforce the laws of the state and city.  However, they can’t do everything on their own.

A strong police force needs the trust and support of the Chico, CA communities it protects, and one way you can do your part as a home or business owner is by installing a security system that includes quality surveillance cameras and recording equipment.  A security system will protect your property in many ways, and the way it protects you is similar in many ways to what law officers do.


The first goal of law enforcement is to prevent crimes from even taking place.  Officers can do this by patrolling the streets in cars and on foot in uniform.  After all, it’s not easy to get away with a snatched purse when a police officer spots you grab it.  Surveillance cameras can also deter crime by making themselves equally visible to passersby and customers.  Some businesses make it as obvious as possible by setting up a monitor that shows guests entering from the camera’s perspective.


When someone has committed a crime, it’s up to law enforcement officers to check for evidence, question witnesses, and decide who to investigate.  Security cameras can’t conduct an investigation, but they can be a big help to one.  Unlike witnesses, cameras are relatively objective and will show you the same footage no matter how many times you replay it.  HD recordings are especially useful since they can pick out more details than older SD cameras can.

Safety Inspection

The police enforce a lot of laws, and many of those laws were created to protect personal and public safety.  Being in law enforcement means caring about the safety of others and making sure that everyone follows the rules and watches out for dangers.  Security cameras can do the same thing by allowing homeowners and company executives to see whether their families or employees are following the rules and correct them later if they need the attention.


Vigilance is an area where surveillance cameras excel.  While Chico, CA police officers need to sleep, work in shifts, and patrol large areas, a security camera can watch the same angle of the same building day after day no matter how dull it gets.  Thanks to modern technology, it can also save battery life and recording space by only recording when the software senses a person walking through the area.

Law enforcement and surveillance cameras have a lot in common.  Both can deter bad behavior when they’re present, both are essential when it comes to investigating crimes, and both can help citizens and businesses by spotting safety issues that need addressing.  If you’re ready to do your part to improve community safety, be sure to contact a security company in Chico, CA and figure out the best surveillance setup for your property.

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