Critical Features Of Effective Hospital Security

December 16th, 2021

Though we often think of hospitals as places of safety and healing, sadly hospitals in Chico, CA are often the target of violence. Hospital leadership can work to reduce both the potential for violent incidents and the number of incidents that happen on their campus. With comprehensive security planning and good training of both security personnel and staff, hospital leadership can help foster a safe workplace.

Hospital Security Starts With Strong Leadership

In order to keep a hospital safe, there has to be a directed effort by leaders. Leaders need to prioritize security and consistently set and review security goals. Leadership isn’t just important at the top, but also within the security department itself. You need to ensure that your security management team is well-trained, certified, and continues their education to stay current on how to address the newest threats popping up in Chico.

Focus On The Biggest Security Threat

Most security plans are focused on the deterrence of theft and property damage. In many industries, this is where the biggest threat lies. However, at hospitals, the biggest threat is workplace violence. Therefore, hospital security systems needed to be designed to identify warning signs and report threatening behavior. Then the system needs a process for mitigating the potential for violence, as well as, quickly responding if violence occurs.

Keeping Patients Safe

Addressing the threat of workplace violence also includes keeping patients safe from harm. Here are some of the ways that a hospital can prioritize patient safety as part of their security program:

  • Identify ways to reduce the potential for patient elopement
  • Secure sensitive areas from unauthorized entry and use
  • Establish and clearly communicate reasonable visitation policies to match staff schedule
  • Communicate to patients how to report suspicious or unusual incidents
  • Develop and communicate a process for investigating escalating incidents
  • Train staff in proper protocols and regulatory compliance for the use of force and patient restraint
  • Provide extra training for staff in very vulnerable areas like emergency departments, behavioral health areas, and emergency departments

Make sure to also have a clearly written and outlined policy that both patients and staff can access concerning incidents of violence.

Design A Safe Hospital Environment

Another important piece of hospital leadership needs to consider is the physical features within the hospital’s architecture that can provide safety. Facilities need to look beyond the standard video surveillance systems, motion detection, and access entry security. Leaders also need to think about how to renovate spaces to provide more security. Adding extra doors to the hallways, creating physical barriers on the perimeter, and providing surrounds and shelter in outdoor walk spaces, can all add layers of passive security.

Though there is no one-size-fits-all system for hospital security in Chico, there are multiple common components. Utilizing these protocols, design, and training can help not only reduce incidents of violence, but can empower your staff to recognize and mitigate threatening situations before they escalate. To ensure that you are protecting everyone at your hospital, you need to work with a qualified security company that specializes in hospital security. They understand the threats and can help you develop a plan to keep everyone safe from violence.

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