If you’ve spent any time at all looking into home security systems, you know that they’re not cheap. Sure, some companies will let you get started with their system for $100 or less, but then you’re locked into a multi-year contract with monthly payments totaling in the thousands of dollars.
The good news is that there are plenty of inexpensive home security gadgets and devices you can get today that will help you make your home a safer place:
- Wireless home security cameras. You can walk into just about any big-box retail, electronics, or home improvement store and walk out with a wireless home security camera. You can buy a whole system with three or four cameras, a DVR to record video, and more for $200 or less. If you want to go even less expensive, you can buy a single wireless camera that will send video feed to your computer for about $50 or less.
- Motion sensitive lighting. One of the best theft deterrents is simply good lighting. There’s a reason most burglaries happen at night; burglars don’t want to be seen. A bright halogen yard light that includes motion sensing technology can run under $50. Best of all, today’s motion sensitive lights are much more astute at telling the difference between a burglar and an alley cat, so you’ll have many fewer false activations.
- Door wedge alarms. These alarms are great for using when you’re traveling, or if you live in an apartment or dorm room. This wedge slips right under the edge of the door. When the door opens, it pushes the pressure plate down and sends an alarm signal. This type of alarm will cost you less than $20.
- Fake cameras. There are some experts who debate the effectiveness of “fake” security measures like cameras or home security signs, but in some cases they’re just enough of a deterrent to get the burglar to move on down the road. Fake home security cameras can be had for as little as $6.
- Contact alarms. Magnet-based contact alarms can let you know when a door or window has been opened. When that happens, the alarms will emit a loud noise, often scaring off intruders. Some contact alarms can cost as little as $10 for a four-pack, while others may run around $20 apiece.
- Personal alarms. The last line of home security defense is protecting your own person. These alarms typically attach to a keychain, and can be activated with the press of a button or the flip of a switch. You might instead choose a personal protection device, such as a spray can of mace or something similar. Personal protection alarms and devices start at around $5, and can cost as much as $50 for the highest-quality pepper spray devices.
Protecting your home and your family doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Check out some of these inexpensive home security gadgets today, and increase your home security without having to empty your bank account.
Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from personal to home security systems. Get more tips and advice on the blog Home Security Systems!