Smart Home Security Equipment To Consider In 2020

June 19th, 2020

2020 has been an interesting year thus far, to say the least. With everything going on in the world and amid all the uncertainty, you may find yourself searching for ways to better protect your home and family in Chico, CA. You may also be looking for ideas on how to make home life easier and more convenient. 

If that sounds like you, then we have some smart home security equipment you should consider getting in 2020.

Smart Garage Sensors

One of the more overlooked areas when it comes to home security is the garage. It needs to be secure just like the rest of the home. This is where smart garage sensors come in. With them, you will be notified if the garage door has been left open. They also allow you to close the garage door even when you aren't at home.

Motion Detectors

Motion detectors have seen a few upgrades in recent years, and many of them come with built-in cameras and image sensors these days. With their visual verification feature, you can see who is in your Chico home. If you are a parent, you will quickly find out how valuable this smart home equipment is. You can watch your kids arriving home and have peace of mind knowing they are safe. 

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is another way to add security and convenience to your home. No one wants to arrive at a dark house because this can be a big safety risk. With smart lighting, you can turn the lights on before you arrive home or schedule your lights to turn on and off at different intervals to make it appear as if someone is home. You can easily control your smart lighting from your mobile device.

Smart Thermostats

More and more homeowners are installing smart thermostats and integrating them into their current home security system. Monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will give you energy savings and comfort as well as keep you and your loved ones safe.

Keyless Locks

With keyless locks, you won't have to worry about replacing lost keys or wondering if your child has accidentally misplaced their key. They provide you with both safety and convenience. You can lock and unlock doors from your mobile device and never have to look for your keys again.

Wireless Video Cameras

Security cameras are always good to have for home security, and they have never been more affordable. With cameras, you have adequate surveillance for your entire property. They also allow you to keep a close eye on things when you are not at home. 

You can monitor your children, pets, or an elderly family member throughout the day and ensure that your home is safe and protected at night. Security cameras are often a deterrent for criminals as well, which makes them all the more valuable.

Contact your local security experts in Chico today to learn more about your options and how to make the most of smart home devices.

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