Security Camera Basics

May 14th, 2024

The simple truth is that we, as a society, are under almost constant surveillance anytime we step outside of the comfort of our own homes in Chico, CA. Whether we are fueling up at the local gas station or picking up a few groceries for supper, there is a good chance that there is a camera somewhere recording our every move. Cameras are used by businesses to protect themselves from theft and to identify criminals. Business owners sometimes use cameras to keep track of their employees activities and even schools use them to monitor students and prevent dangerous situations.

It is easy to understand why security cameras have become so popular in Chico, CA once an individual sees just how versatile and useful they can be. Of course, it is not just government buildings and businesses that can put these types of systems to use. Even homeowners can use a basic security system to record activity at their front door, backyard, or driveway in order to provide themselves with a greater peace of mind. Parents may even want to consider using a security system to monitor their children, especially if they have young ones that they are worried about or if they are looking to keep an eye on caregivers while they are not around.

Most security camera systems work in basically the same way. A camera records activity which is then displayed on a monitor of some type. Of course, there are systems that are very advanced and they utilize things like infrared technology and remote viewing to allow an individual to see what is going on even in lowlight conditions while they are thousands of miles away. The most basic system, on the other hand, generally involves a camera which is connected to a television or computer monitor and some type of recording device to keep a record of surveillance.

While a top-of-the-line, hardwired security system can easily cost thousands of dollars or more, depending on the number of cameras in place and the level of sophistication of the cameras, the average homeowner in Chico, CA may find that something like a basic wireless IP camera that they can monitor from their computer is the most efficient and least expensive option available. Because these types of cameras do not have to be hardwired into a building, they can be installed in just a matter of minutes and in just about any environment. This type of system is also an excellent choice when surveillance is only going to be needed for a limited period of time.

A business, on the other hand, that is looking to monitor an area like a parking garage, warehouse, or dimly lit lot will want to consider something like an infrared camera designed specifically for outdoor use with either a wide angle lens or the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom so that they can see as much of the area as possible without having to install more cameras that are necessary.

Hidden cameras are quickly becoming popular choices, especially when used as a nanny cam or hidden in smoke detectors, exit signs, or some other common device in places like hotel hallways. Of course, before an individual puts a hidden camera to use they should first make sure that they are not going to be unlawfully monitoring anyone.

Although cameras are valuable when it comes to recording Chico criminal activity, the simple act of installing a camera can deter criminals from committing a crime in the first place. When it comes to a simple deterrent that can protect an individual's valuables and their safety, a simple security camera provides a level of protection that is difficult to beat.

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"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
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