Is It Possible To Prevent Crime With Video Surveillance?

April 6th, 2022

The short answer to the question, "Is it possible to prevent crime with video surveillance," is yes. While of course, the components cannot physically stop a burglar, thief, trespasser, or vandal, they can deter them from acting out. It is not like cameras and sensors can sprout arms and legs, come to life, and nip issues in the bud. However, there are various ways in which video surveillance can help prevent crime.

Sometimes, the threats are not even from outside sources. Rather, Chico organizations face employee theft, fraud, and more too. Once again, video surveillance can keep these workers walking a straight line and not misbehaving. Curious Chico home and business owners should continue reading to find out what video surveillance can do for them.

Video Surveillance Can Be Used As A Scare Tactic

Whether a criminal is experienced or a newbie, they know that being captured on video is a big no-no. It is not only their faces that they have to worry about as tattoos, scars, and birthmarks can lead police to their doorsteps as well. Also, if the individual's license plate number gets recorded, the same fate is likely in store for them. Therefore, if criminals see high-quality cameras and signs stating that a professional company is monitoring the property, they will usually avoid hitting that place and search for a new target that is unprotected.

Also, if workers know that somebody could be watching their every move, they will avoid partaking in inappropriate workplace behaviors. Should a person decide to do something improper, the footage will tell the real story and stop he said/she said arguments in their tracks. Video surveillance can cut down on instances of...

  • Sexual Harassment

  • Bullying

  • Violence

  • Discrimination

  • Verbal Abuse

Increased Arrests Are A Result Of Video Surveillance

When police officers don't have any leads, they often turn to the security camera footage of Chico stores, residences, and businesses. The recordings assist the authorities in identifying suspects. They use facial recognition software to see if the individual matches any of the mug-shots currently on file. Then, after further investigation to ensure that they have the right person, deputies arrest the person and put them in jail. Hence, new crimes are prevented as that is one less criminal on the streets.

Video Surveillance Helps Get Criminals Convicted

Putting criminals behind bars only stops so much crime from taking place. However, keeping these persons in jail or prison is the best way to prevent career offenders from acting out again and again. Video surveillance assists prosecutors as it serves as indisputable evidence so that they can get a conviction. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if a person is caught on tape, they don't have much of a leg to stand on. Additionally, the footage often shows witnesses that might have seen the whole thing go down. Lastly, but certainly not least, due to identification occurring via video surveillance, investigators can get warrants to arrest the individual and search their property.

Contact a member of the Security Feed team to learn about your video surveillance options.

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