What Can My Security Footage Be Used For

July 22nd, 2022

It’s well known that your Chico, CA security system works to keep your home or business safe. Security cameras record footage you can use to scare away criminals, but what else could your footage be used for? For business and homeowners all across the Chico, CA region, your footage can be much more useful than just for keeping criminals at bay. You may be surprised by how valuable your footage is, and how it may come in handy when you least expect it.

The Uses For Your Security Footage

If you’ve been on the fence regarding investing in a security system for your Chico, CA property, learning the many varied uses for your security footage could be the perk to sway your decision. 4 important uses for your footage you may not have considered are:

1. Record footage for your insurance company

If your vehicle is vandalized in the middle of the night, your security camera footage could hold all of the evidence you need to receive compensation from your insurance company. If your home falls victim to wind, snow, rain, ice, or other natural disasters, your security footage could provide the evidence you need to back up your claims to your homeowner’s insurance company. Fighting with insurance providers can be a nightmare after disaster strikes, and your footage could be the backup that makes the process a great deal easier.

2. Keep track of employees

It’s an unfortunate reality that employees do steal from employers. As a matter of fact, approximately 75% of all employees admit to stealing from their employers at least once in their lives. Your security camera footage can catch employee theft in the act, and deter employees from stealing in the first place. By reviewing your footage, you can catch instances of theft, and use this footage as evidence while making a clean break from the employee through termination.

3. Keep track of pets while at work

Your security camera footage doesn’t only keep track of criminals and natural disasters, it also has a few far more innocuous but still important uses. If you have security cameras in your home with remote access, you can keep track on the pets you leave at home while you’re away. What your footage will show you is which one knocks over the trash can, how long it takes before they run out of fresh water for the day, or what toys they reach for to get comfortable while you’re away.

4. Use as a training tool

For businesses in the area, your security camera footage can also act as an important training tool. Footage can be used to show examples of proper and improper protocol in a very real and easy to relate to way.

Use Your Footage The Smart Way

Your footage, plainly put, acts as proof. Proof of insurance claims, proof of actions going on in the home while you’re away, and proof of employee actions when they don’t know you’re looking. If you’d like to learn more about using your footage in a better way, contact us today.

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