The best cheap home security devices of 2020 – CNET

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Security systems can be expensive, but if you know where to look, you can find unbeatable deals on security equipment. So how can you avoid hurting your wallet while trying to keep your house or apartment safe? Check out these affordable home security options, including less than $ 20 door sensors and cameras that can help you secure your home when you're not at home.


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One of the most obvious obstacles to possible intruders is an occupied house. Throw some chic lightbulbs into your kitchen, living room, or porch, schedule them to turn on at specific times during the night, and instantly make your home less attractive to the mischievous 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 regular LED lamp. These cheap home security devices connect directly to your Wi-Fi network and can be controlled from your mobile device using the Wyze mobile app. They are perfect to plan and forget.

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As we talk about deterrence, it might be worth thinking about dummy cameras. Especially for larger objects where you want to cover a lot of floor without breaking the bank, fake security cameras can make your house look like a closed building. You can order a four-pack of dummy cams here for under $ 20.

Of course, deterrence only gets you so far. If a burglar enters your home, you should still be made aware of the security breach using an alarm monitor or a motion sensor.

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CNET's Megan Wollerton said: "The era of the $ 200 security camera is over." Nowadays, there are cheap surveillance cameras for $ 20 – yes, so cheap – that offer the most intelligent and wireless security features of the high-end models, including a motion sensor with AI person detection. The Wyze Cam is the most wallet-friendly smart cam, offering free person notifications for your Wyze app, 14 days of cloud storage and an SD card slot if you want continuous recordings. This Wi-Fi surveillance camera is pretty incredible for the price.

Read our Wyze Cam test.

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If you are less concerned about recording certain rooms and are more interested in monitoring the entrances to your home, the safety sensor kit may be more suitable for you. Wyze is the security company that has the edge here again. The $ 20 kit includes a bridge (which connects to the Wyze WiFi camera and helps the devices communicate), two door / window sensors, and a motion sensor.

This is also a solid deal for the price. For a small apartment, or if you are only monitoring your front and back doors, this kit with motion detection might consider you super affordable.

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Alexa Guard is a relatively new feature of the Echo and can help you keep an ear (or some far-field microphones) in your house when you're away. An Echo Dot, which you can buy quite often for $ 25, is the cheapest way to get Alexa Guard into your home. However, if you already have an echo, this monitoring service is completely free.

Just say "Alexa, I'm going" to turn it on. Then your echo will hear glass breakage, alarm or noises from people moving around your house (it can differentiate between pets and people) – and you will get a mobile alarm when something is heard.

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It can be difficult for tenants to increase their security at home because the installation can be very time-consuming – especially if you are talking about intelligent security measures. So if you want to save a little more security without much effort and without a lot of money, you should consider a retrofit lock like this.

Devices like this aren't connected to Wi-Fi, but they still offer clever ways to give burglars another bypass barrier, which is a little reassuring for the timid homeowner.

Read more about smart locks.

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