It's already November, which puts Thanksgiving and many other holidays on the doorstep. And the more you travel on vacation, the more vulnerable your house will be to burglary. So the question is, how can you protect your home without incurring additional costs for travel, gifts, food and Black Friday? Fortunately, smart home devices are getting cheaper every year.
Here are a handful of affordable home security options, each under US $ 20, that can help you secure your home when visiting your family or friends during vacations.
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One of the most obvious obstacles to possible intruders is an occupied house. Throw some chic lamps into your kitchen, living room, or veranda, plan to light them up at certain times of the night, and instantly make your house less attractive to the roguish thief.
One of the most wallet-friendly options: the Wyze pear. You can get one for $ 8 or four for $ 30 – not too much more than a normal LED bulb. These cheap home security devices connect directly to your Wi-Fi network and are easy to plan and forget.
Read our Wyze Bulb test.
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While we are talking about deterrence, it might be worth thinking about dummy cameras. Especially for larger objects where you want to cover a lot of ground without breaking the bank, counterfeit security cameras can make your house look like a closed building. Here you can order a pack of four dummy cams for under $ 20.
Of course, the deterrence only brings you so far. If a burglar enters your house, you should still be alerted to the security breach by some sort of alarm monitor.
Read our list of top home cameras, including Arlo Pro and more.
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Megan Wollerton of CNET has pointed out: "The era of $ 200 security camera is over. "Today, there are cheap $ 20 – so cheap – security cameras that offer the most intelligent and wireless security features of the high-end models. The Wyze Cam is the most wallet-friendly smart cam. It offers free personal alerts, 14 days of cloud storage, and an SD card slot for continuous recording. This Wi-Fi surveillance camera is pretty incredible for the price.
Read our Wyze Cam test.
If you are less interested in recording specific rooms and are more interested in monitoring the entrances to your home, the safety sensor kit may be better for you. Again, Wyze is in the lead, with a $ 20 kit that includes a bridge (which connects to the Wyze WiFi camera and supports communication devices), two door / window sensors, and a motion sensor.
Again, this for the price is a solid thing. For a small apartment, or if you only cover your front and back doors, this kit could make you look awesome with motion detection.
Read more about Wyze Sense.
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As a relatively new addition to the scope of the echo, Alexa Guard can keep an ear (or some far-field microphones) in your house when you're not there. An Echo Dot, which you can buy for $ 25 a lot, is the cheapest way to get Alexa Guard in your house. However, if you already have an echo, this monitoring service is totally free.
Just say "Alexa, I'm going" to turn the feature on. Then you hear echoes of broken glass, alarms, or sounds from people moving around in your house (it can make a difference between pets and people) – and you get a cell phone alert when you hear something.
Read our Echo Dot with Clock Test.
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It can be difficult for tenants to improve their safety, in part because the installation can be very costly – especially if you're talking about clever pinch bolts. So if you want to save a little more security with little effort and money, consider a retrofit lock like this one.
Devices like this, although not connected to Wi-Fi, offer clever ways to add another barrier to burglars, which means a little peace of mind for the frightened homeowner.
Read more about intelligent locks.
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