From professionally installed systems such asand Brinks Home Security to do-it-yourself security solutions such as security systems can cost an arm and a leg. But if you know exactly where to look, you can find affordable deals on including detectors, video doorbell camera options, lighting, contact sensors, night vision and other smart security systems that don't require professional installation. So how do you avoid damaging your wallet while trying to keep your house or apartment safe?
Check out these inexpensive home security devices, including window sensors and door sensors, security cameras, and motion detectors ̵
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One of the most obvious deterrents for potential intruders is an occupied home. Throw some smart lights in your kitchen, living room or veranda, plan to turn them on at certain times during the night and immediately make your home a lot less attractive to the more skittish thief.
One of the most wallet-friendly options: The Wyze Lamp. You can get one for $ 8 or four for $ 30 – not too much more than a regular LED lamp. These inexpensive home security gadgets connect directly to your Wi-Fi network and can be controlled with the Wyze mobile app from your mobile device. These lamps are perfect for scheduling through your app and forgetting.
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While talking about affordable deterrence, it might be worth considering dummy cameras as part of your security kit. Especially for larger properties, where you want to cover a lot of ground without breaking the bank, fake security cameras can make your home look like an enclosed area at an affordable price. You can order a four-piece dummy camera here for less than $ 20.
Of course, with deterrence, you can only get that far with a fake security camera. If a burglar enters your home, you still want an alarm system – a type of alarm monitoring device or motion detector – to alert you to the breach.
Read our top list of home security cameras including Arlo Pro and more.
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As CNET's Megan Wollerton noted, "The era of the $ 200 security camera is over." Today, you can find inexpensive security cameras for under $ 30 – yes, that's cheap – that most smart and wireless security equipment features offer from the more expensive models, including night vision, two-way communication, and a motion sensor with AI person detection. Wyze Cam is the wallet-friendly smartest Wi-Fi camera, offering free person notifications for your Wyze app, 14 days of cloud storage and an SD card slot if you want to record continuously. This Wi-Fi security camera is quite incredible for its affordable price.
Read our Wyze Cam review.
If you are less concerned about including specific rooms and more interested in guarding access roads to your home, the security sensor kit may be more suitable for you. Wyze is the security company that is once again taking the lead here, with a $ 20 security kit that includes a bridge (which connects to the Wyze WiFi camera and helps the devices communicate), two-door / window sensors, and one motion sensor.
Again, for the price, this security kit is a solid deal. For a small apartment, or if you're only guarding your front and back doors, these smart home security kit devices can cover you tightly with motion detection for super cheap – eliminating the need for professional surveillance with poor customer service or a false alarm.
Read more about Wyze Sense.
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As a relatively recent addition to Echo's feature set, Alexa Guard can help keep an ear (or distant field microphone) at home when you're away. An Echo Dot, which you can often buy for $ 25, is the cheapest way to get Alexa Guard. But if you already have an ultrasound, this monitoring service is completely free and can be set up via the Alexa mobile app.
Just say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to enable the feature. Then your ultrasound will listen for the glass breaking, alarms or the sound of people moving around your house (it can distinguish between pets and people) – and you will receive a mobile alarm when it hears something.
Read our Echo Dot with Clock review.
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It can be difficult for tenants to partially improve their home security, as installation can be quite complicated, especially when talking about smart deadbolts. So if you want to add a little security to your door locks without saving a lot of hassle or money, consider a retrofit lock like this.
Devices like this, which are not connected via Wi-Fi, still offer smart ways to add another barrier to bypass burglars, which equates to a little peace of mind for the concerned homeowner. And while it misses one of the bells and whistles of a smart lock (like a control panel or burglar alarm), it's portable so you can take it with you when you stay in a hotel or an Airbnb.
Read more about smart locks.
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