Busting Myths About One Size Fits All Security Solutions

June 14th, 2022

Security. It’s incredibly important for every business in the Chico area. And over the last few years, there has been an increase in the availability and popularity of one size fits all security solutions. 

These solutions make big promises – a single small investment provides a security system that works for every business. You get the system fast and get protected for good. Sounds great – but it’s also something that sounds too good to be true. Because it is. 

The simple fact is that Chico businesses need a security system designed for them. The promises of a one size fits all solution just can’t deliver what they say they can. To show you why, let’s take a minute and look at three of the main reasons that one size solutions aren’t really right for all businesses. 

Business Sizes

A one size fits all solution doesn’t fit every business because every business is a different size. A large business with hundreds of employees will need access control systems, IT security system considerations, and far more cameras than a tiny business with just a dozen employees.

The different sizes of Chico businesses means that you have to find a solution that fits yours, not one that is just designed for ‘every’ business. Like it or not, size matters. 

Business Risks

Different types of businesses have different risks. Corporations are at risk of cyber security threats that a restaurant won’t have to worry about. A retail establishment needs to be able to catch shoplifters or burglars. Consider some of the things that have to be thought about:

  • Where is your business located?
  • What kind of business assets do you have to protect?
  • Who has access to your assets?
  • What are your current building and data regulations?

There are many different things to consider, and without a custom designed security solution you just won’t be able to ensure that all of those risks are covered properly. A full assessment has to take place to determine just what should be protected, then the system needs to be designed around those specific needs. 

Business Budgets

Another sad truth about getting security is that not all businesses have the same budget. A local mom and pop store in Chico isn’t going to have the huge budget that a hospital or a corporation might have. As such, security solutions must be designed according to the budget that is in place.

Along with this, businesses have to think about where to apply their budget. Determining which aspects are most important within the security system will allow you to properly focus your funds in that area. This in turn means that your money isn’t spent on an aspect of security that you don’t even need – something that can easily happen with a one size fits all system. Simply put, you should only be paying for what you need to have in your system. 

The Bottom Line

Every business is different and has different needs along with different solutions for those needs. We can help. Contact us today to find out more about how we can 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

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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