What Else Can Security Cameras Do?

February 24th, 2022

One investment that can add more protection and peace of mind to your Chico, CA home or business is a security camera system. These cameras are great because, when they see things clearly, they are infallible witnesses that can help with criminal investigations and even prosecution in court.

However, if you are thinking about getting surveillance cameras you can do a lot more than just enjoy some criminal deterrence. Surveillance cameras can do a lot of other things for you, and here are some of the biggest advantages.

Be An Effective Neighborhood Watch Element

Surveillance cameras protect your Chico, CA home or business, but, when integrated as part of a larger network, they can protect your neighborhood. If others in your neighborhood are also setting up cameras, think about adding a few extra, not just for coverage of your own home, but the street.

This way, if there are any break-ins, or even rumors about people cruising in cars, talking to children, one of these cameras could provide vital clues to help the police.

Keep Peace In The Home

If you have strangers regularly coming into your home, such as people to clean the home, the swimming pool, or gardeners for landscaping maintenance, surveillance cameras inside the house can ensure that everyone is on their best behavior. Unfortunately, theft from workers does sometimes happen, but this will either deter them from doing so or, if they proceed, provide the evidence.

This can also be great for ensuring the proper behavior of pets and children. Because surveillance cameras are wireless, you can check on the footage any time you like from devices like your smartphone. You can check to see if the children have come, or even snuck out. You can review footage to find out if the dog really did knock something over, or the pets are being blamed for something one of the children did.

Keep Your Parents Safe

If you’ve got elderly parents that want to continue living in their own home, but are now at the age where mobility, fragility or senility are becoming issues, surveillance cameras inside can help. If you call their home and no one answers, but you know they should be home, for example, the cameras can quickly let you see if everything is all right, or if they’ve fallen and are unable to call for help.

Employee Supervision

If your cameras are at your workplace, having some inside the workplace can help improve your business practices. Not only can more carefully review how employees work, whether they are taking proper safety precautions, and reduce your chances of internal theft, you can even use these cameras to resolve disputes.

For example, if a customer makes one claim about poor customer treatment, but your employee claims otherwise, a review of the footage—especially if your cameras also pick up the audio—can quickly put your employee in the clear, and perhaps even help you avoid a fraudulent claim.

There are plenty of additional uses for surveillance cameras besides just protection from crime. If you’re interested in having your own camera network, contact us. We can help find the right one for you.


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