Is Security Worth The Loss To Privacy?

August 17th, 2021

Security systems are the very best way to deter and catch criminals. However, sometimes security systems can feel like an invasion of privacy. A good security system will monitor people as they come and go around the clock. This monitoring can feel like an intrusion in certain environments. Though you may need to protect your premises and people, you may also be concerned about the loss of privacy as a result. Privacy considerations are important and we are here to help you understand them before making a decision.

Spaces That Are Always Private Chico, CA

First of all, keep in mind there are always places that will be private. Spaces like public restrooms, locker rooms, or any changing areas will not have cameras. These places are considered off-limits and in many cases, it can be illegal to put a camera in these areas, especially without notifying people first. So you don’t have to be concerned about unreasonable invasions of privacy in these protected spaces if you work with a credible security company.

Concerns About Security Cameras in Chico, CA

If you are putting security cameras in your business, employees may be worried that they are only there to monitor their work. This can make them feel very uncomfortable about working at your company. Students have similar concerns when security cameras are used in schools. Even with the increase in school safety issues like bullying and school shootings, parents also have concerns. They worry that even though the cameras are there for safety, an unscrupulous individual may be monitoring their children. No one wants to feel like they or their families are being spied on.

No One Wants To Feel Like They Are Being Spied On

Anymore most of our activities are being recorded. Security cameras are very commonplace in our society and are found everywhere from stores to airports to even street corners. Even though security cameras are so common in our public spaces, they may not want them their office or at their schools. Being recorded when you are not doing anything wrong can feel like you are being spied on. Our justice system is built on the concept that people are innocent until proven guilty. However, when being constantly monitored, it may feel like the other way around.

No Easy Answer

Weighing security versus privacy is very difficult in Chico, CA, complex, and emotional issue. Even our government struggles to find the right balance between individual freedoms and protection. As a private business owner or a school administrator, you will have to determine if the risks and threats you are facing are worth people you are trying to protect being asked to give up some of their privacy. With all these considerations, only you can make this decision.

Do know that there are security systems that can be installed discreetly, so they don’t feel so invasive. Our security experts can also work with you to ensure that your system is designed so that you are protected with minimal loss to privacy. Give us a call and we’ll go over these concerns with you, to help you make the right decision for your protection.

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