Local Security Companies Can Offer More

March 14th, 2022

Whether you’re just thinking of your home or your business lifeit’s never a bad idea to considering investing in a security system. Choosing to install a security system on your Chico, CA property not only gives you a bit more peace of mind, but it can also be an active deterrent to reduce the chances of being victimized by crime. 

However, investing in security is just that; an investment. It’s something that you want to do right, so you can feel better about your property being protected. One of the best ways to ensure you get that peace of mind is to leave it to the experts. But which experts should you choose? Sometimes the biggest answer is not always the best. 

National vs. Local 

If you’ve decided that you want to bring in security experts to assess your Chico, CA property, listen to your needs and make a recommendation about the type of security network that meets your needs, you’re probably down to two choices. You can either go with a large, national or even multi-national security company or go with a smaller, local security firm. 

One of the most important, safest of choices are already made; going to the experts ensures you’ll get the quality craft you deserve. But there may be a difference in what these two different groups can offer you. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that one is the better than the other. 

The Service Factor 

One area that might make a difference when it comes to national versus local companies is the way they treat you. Service is what smaller companies live and die by because they know they don’t have the resources of a bigger company backing them. With larger companies, mediocre to indifferent service may have more latitude because losing one customer in the area can often be offset with more customers in another part of the country. 

With a local company, they know that repeat customers are the blood that keeps them going. They work hard to make sure customers are satisfied because there is much more riding on their performance. 

They Know The Lay Of The Land 

Bigger companies tend to stress operational efficiency across as wide a spectrum of the company as possible. This may sometimes mean that corporate policies or rules don’t always reflect the reality of the situation where a company’s franchise is. For example, if a multi-national company is having a company-wide “spring special” on select products to welcome the warm weather, this is almost a practical joke for the Australian franchise, which is welcoming winter. 

A local company knows what’s going on where you live and work. They know what the weather is like, they have a better understanding of the characteristics of the local geography, and they know what the people and conditions of the area are. This means that they may have a better understanding of what your needs are, because, like you, they’re local. 

Contact Us Today in Chico, CA

If you’re thinking about getting security from a national, or a local company, talk to us first. We might give you a more accurate assessment of your security needs. 


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