The Types of Security Systems for Your Home or Business

August 9th, 2022

Whether we like it or not, we now live in a world where criminal activities have become more prevalent. Every day, when you look at your social media feeds and watch the TV, you will see posts and news about crimes committed on the streets, business establishments, and homes.

Regardless of the reasons and causes behind these crimes, one can never be too cautious nowadays. Furthermore, it’s not only crimes that you have to protect yourself and your assets from. There are also other accidents and incidents that can occur and wreak havoc on your life, assets, and properties.

Indeed, having a sound security system has now become more of a necessity than a luxury. The importance of security systems in the commercial industry has long been established, but nowadays, homes need to be protected as much, too.

If you are looking to enhance the protection and safety of your Chico, CA home or business, you can get started by learning about the types of security systems that you should consider investing in.

Monitored Alarm System

A monitored alarm system is unlike traditional security alarms that let out a loud alarm when an intruder breaks into your home or business. When you say “monitored”, a security agency monitors the alarm system. If something goes awry or the alarm system detects something unusual, the security personnel will call you to notify you of the alert. They may also verify with you if it was nothing but a false alarm.

Furthermore, if the security personnel cannot verify your status or safety, they will contact Chico, CA authorities immediately.

Smoke Detection Alarms

A smoke alarm system is very useful in both commercial and residential applications. This system consists of smoke detectors located throughout the home, office, or building. When smoke or heat gets in contact with the detectors, an alarm will be raised. The addition of indoor sprinklers is optional, although they can prove to be practical investments, as they can help contain the fire until the firefighters arrive.

Intruder or Burglary Alarms

Intruder alarm systems consist of motion detectors, which can be set to detect movement at certain times in the day. Sensors can also be placed on windows and doors. For instance, you can set it to detect movement at night. These systems come with a central keypad or control that allows the activation of the sensors or alarm.

CCTV or Security Cameras

Security cameras are the best way to capture any criminal activity. High-quality and high-definition cameras can capture images and videos that can help identify the culprits. Video recordings can also help during investigations, in case theft, robbery, or other crimes happen.

Furthermore, security cameras are also powerful crime deterrents. Criminals and burglars may be discouraged from breaking into your home or business when they spot the security cameras.

Ready to take your Chico, CA home or business’ security up a notch? Consider investing in these security systems! Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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