Cloud Surveillance Best Practices for Multi-Site Retail

July 1st, 2020

It's never been imperative for multi-site business owners to provide employees, customers, and their assets with continuous and uninterrupted video surveillance. As business owners face a ‘new normal’ where proactively taking new measures to provide a safe workplace is essential. Cloud surveillance offers secure off-premise storage, remote access, and monitoring and scalability features with greater flexibility and cost-savings than a traditional system can.  

Continuous Recording (No Downtime) 

One of the most common security threats for retail business owners is loss prevention. Loss prevention plays a critical role in maintaining margin and profit. Without continuous video recording, it becomes difficult – almost impossible – to watch over and manage employees and customers to manage and mitigate theft. Video surveillance that doesn’t capture 24/7 recording may miss key activity, such as shoplifting, employee theft, or slip-and-falls.

For multiple location retail owners, deploying a cloud-based surveillance system allows them to achieve uninterrupted, 24/7 video footage. Because their data is stored in a secure, off-premise location, they don’t have to worry about their data being tampered with or stolen like they would with an on-premise recorder.

Cloud video surveillance allows them to view live or recorded footage from their desktop or mobile device. Instead of using on-premise equipment, a cloud solution stores all of your data in an ultra-secure T4 off-site data center. Unlike security systems that require you to monitor your system’s health with firmware updates and continuous servicing of your hardware, cloud surveillance automatically handles it all for you in the cloud, dramatically reducing security maintenance costs.    

Remote Access and Monitoring 

To accurately monitor activity at multiple locations requires being in several places at once – or, having a cloud video surveillance system that can achieve the same results of in-person monitoring! Monitoring employee training, cash transactions, and slip-and-fall or shoplifting incidents is easily captured in the cloud, stored, and retrieved. Whether you have a multi-site or a tristate franchise, accessibility limitations can be simplified with cloud-based monitoring. 

Unlike a traditional system that streams data directly from your site, cloud surveillance provides users with data that’s pulled directly from our ultra-secure, off-site tier-4 data center. Compared to a traditional system that requires you to add a recorder in every location, cloud security provides unlimited users and con-current streaming from a centralized location. This allows retail owners to have a convenient, streamlined monitoring security process for an unlimited number of locations.


Businesses that plan to scale require a video surveillance system that can quickly meet the demands of multi-location use. This includes a centralized interface for remote accessibility and monitoring, the ability to grant users unique permissions on demand, and easy deployment for additional cameras in new areas. Unlike traditional security systems that require equipment for each site, Cloud video surveillance eliminates the need for expensive equipment from the get-go. Once you deploy the camera-to-cloud solution, your data is uploaded directly from your camera to our off-site data center. Increase up to 25 cameras at a time from a centralized interface, and scale up with unlimited users and storage – giving you the flexibility to only pay for what you need – when you need it.

About Alibi Cloud VS

Cloud VS is a powerful and cost-effective way to secure your business, offering 24/7 surveillance, remote accessibility, and unlimited cameras, users, and locations for a perfectly scalable and streamlined solution.

Interested in learning more about how it can benefit your business? Call 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