Keeping Your Elderly Parents Safe And Secure

December 13th, 2022

In Chico, seniors make up about 15% of the total population. Their population is projected to nearly double across the United States in the next 40 years. Our parents are living longer which is a good thing, but they are not always physically capable of protecting themselves. However, even though they may face age-related limitations, they still want to maintain their home and independence. This is where it is important to find a balance between their desire for independence and you need to make sure they are safe. 

How Home Security For Seniors Supports Their Independence

One of the best options for keeping your elderly parents safe and yet allowing them to remain independent and safe in their Chico home is with a home security system. A professional home security company you can build a plan for you and your parents that is user-friendly and budget-friendly. Home security is no longer just keeping intruders from entering the home, it can also be used to monitor the safety of your senior relatives.

Safety Monitoring For Your Elderly Parents

Advances in technology allow more and more elderly adults to live on their own, have a good quality of life and allow their children more freedom. Some smart devices that are beneficial for their safety include Fire and carbon monoxide alarms, medical alert systems, and automatic pill dispensers. So let's look at these safety monitoring devices:

  1. Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: With fire and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the house, they will not only sense and locate the source, but notify authorities and medical personnel and send help to your senior right away. 
  2. Medical Alert System: Medical alert systems allow for monitoring both outdoors and inside the home. Inside you have a choice of a pendant or a wall button. When pressed it connects to a call center to send first responders. For outdoors there is a GPS handheld tracker so no matter where the senior is first responders can locate them. 
  3. Automatic Pill Dispensers: As your parent's age, forgetfulness is part of the process. Using an automatic pill dispenser you can set up to six alarms to remind your parents to take their pills. The alarm goes off, lights flash and do not stop until the pills are dispensed. It will not allow you to dispense any more until the next alarm. 

Video Surveillance For Keeping Seniors Safe

A good video surveillance system can be the eyes and ears of your parents. As seniors age, they tend to experience more loneliness, depression, and fear of living by themselves. Video surveillance systems are a great way for seniors to monitor activity around their home, without having to walk through the entire premises. Instead, from the comfort of their living room they can see who is at the door, note if anyone is on the property at night and all from a simple tap of their cell phone. 

It is important that you initiate a conversation about their safety as your parents grow older. Let them know you support their independence but wish to ensure their safety as well. Explain to them that crimes against people over the age of 60 are at record levels, but that you have a plan to help keep them safe and in their Chico home. You both deserve the peace of mind that comes with video surveillance for your elderly parents. 

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