A Closer Look At The Types Of Private Security

June 13th, 2022

Whether it’s a Chico home or a business, knowing that your property is protected is important. Not only does it keep you and your belongings safe, but it gives you tremendous peace of mind as well. 

For those who want to maximize their level of protection, investing in private security is something that can help immensely. 

Benefits Of Private Security

There are several reasons that going with private security might make sense. Instead of just letting your Chico property be protected by the police or fire departments, private security are there to monitor you more closely. This leads to:

  • Protection customized for you
  • Faster response times
  • More attention to issues
  • Alerts when something is detected and you’re not there
  • 24/7 protection no matter what

Simply put, it’s money well spent for most people. But, there are several different types of private security that you can choose to add. Here’s a look at the main options you’ll have available to you when you start looking at private security for your property.  


Technology makes it easier and affordable to install private security systems. You can then access your system from mobile devices or computers and get an alert sent to you if a situation develops while you’re not home.

Private Patrol

Private patrol services are just what they sound like – a security officer is hired to patrol your home or business at the times that you choose. This means that intrusion is less likely and criminals are much more likely to be caught.

Private Guards

Guards can be armed or unarmed. They’re usually hired for businesses, but in some cases they may be needed for homes as well – such as when home parties are going on or when something has happened to cause you concern.

Private Alarm Response

Private alarm response is similar to private patrol, but they’re not always actually on site. Instead, they are linked to your alarm and security systems. When something is triggered, a security officer is sent to the property to check on things. This goes beyond the average response from a police officer, who will usually only do a drive by of the property.

Which Option Is Right For You?

So which option is the best for you and your Chico property? Really, it depends on a variety of things. You’ll need to think about things like your goals, your budget, and your security risks. Usually, talking to a security professional is the best way to determine which options are right for you.

Our team can provide a close look at your property and help determine exactly what is needed. We’ll look at every aspect of your situation – your business needs, your budget, the best ways to solve your problems, and more. Then we’ll discuss each solution with you. 

If you need protection and feel that extra private security is needed, we’re here to help. Contact us today to get your initial consultation and learn more about what we can do for you. 

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