Why Choose Remote Monitoring For Security Cameras?

June 1st, 2022

Security cameras have come a long way in the past few years.  New cameras can be completely wireless, provide HD footage or better, switch to other visibility modes like low-light and infrared, and swivel around by remote control.  New cameras also use IP signals, which means they’re compatible with a basic wireless network and can send their footage to remote cloud servers for storage.  At the same time, costs have come down so that most homes and businesses in Chico, CA can afford a set of security cameras with minimal installation costs.

One exciting new feature is remote monitoring.  Remote monitoring means that you can access your camera feeds using a secure app on your smartphone no matter where on the planet you happen to be.  Whether you’re in your office, out on a business trip, or off on vacation, you can keep an eye on your company and see what happens when you aren’t out in the store or watching the main room in person.  Remote monitoring can cost a bit more than a basic camera installation, but it comes with several benefits.

Employee Monitoring

The way an employee behaves can be very different depending on if they think someone’s watching or not.  They might become rude to customers, slack off when there’s work to do, steal company property, harass other employees, and cause all kinds of other issues.  Remote monitoring can help you identify these problem workers and give you an idea of what to do about them.  Also, employees are more likely to behave themselves when they know a supervisor may be watching them at any time.

Instant Alerts

Your remote monitoring app can integrate with your security alarm system to send you alerts when your alarm goes off.  This lets you see exactly what’s happening through your live feeds the moment you get the alert.  You can also get motion-detecting cameras that only start recording when they sense something moving in front of them, and these can also alert your phone so you can find out who’s entering a restricted area and watch what they do.

Liability Investigation

Many people in Chico, CA like to sue companies to get a big liability settlement.  Sometimes they have a solid case for negligence, but other times they don’t.  With remote monitoring, you can pull up the relevant feed, go back to when the incident happened, and see for yourself who did what and when.  Having this information can protect you from false liability suits and let you settle other incidents immediately without needing to go to court.

Remote monitoring adds a layer of convenience and access to your surveillance system, and it lets business owners and other authorized workers see the security feeds even when they aren’t in the room with the monitor and recording device.  That means management can react much faster when an alert goes out and they have more opportunities to monitor employees when they aren’t around in person.  So when you upgrade or install a surveillance system in your Chico, CA building, be sure to ask your security company about remote monitoring.

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