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Cheap Home-Security Products That Really Work

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Protect Your Home for Less

Home security systems are notoriously expensive, but these products are an exception to the rule. Innovative, affordable, and effective, they offer you easy ways to help secure and protect your home. Consider using multiple products for comprehensive home protection that’s within your budget. 


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Flip Guard Deadbolt Protection
Amazon

Flip Guard Deadbolt Protection

$35 from Amazon

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The Flip Guard helps to prevent intruders from being able to pick and operate your deadbolt. It fits over most single-sided deadbolts and, when the latch is flipped, prevents the bolt from turning. It’s a simple way to get extra protection against non-forced entry. 


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Mail Manager Locking Post-Mount Mailbox
Home Depot Product Authority, LLC.

Mail Manager Locking Post-Mount Mailbox

$110 from Home Depot

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This locking mailbox makes it easy to protect your mail and packages from thieves. It easily accepts mail and small packages, but prevents people from trying to reach into the box. The box is made of heavy gauge galvanized steel, and is then powder coated for durability. It includes three laser-cut keys, so you can easily access the mail. 


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Nightlock Security Lock Door Barricade
Amazon

Nightlock Security Lock Door Barricade

$40 from Amazon

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The Nightlock provides additional security and reinforcement to your doors, helping to prevent them from being kicked in. It’s made of solid aluminum and is easy to install with a drill, biit, and screwdriver. Unlocking the system is as easy as removing the rail, so you can still use your door like normal before locking it up for the night. 

Reolink Outdoor Security IP Camera
Amazon

Reolink Outdoor Security IP Camera

$43 from Amazon

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This security camera supports 24/7 recording, motion-detected captures, and live viewing via the free Reolink app. There’s no subscription fee for any of these viewing options. The camera is equipped with a night vision range of up to 100 feet and functions from 14 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve had three of these cameras in my barn for two years and have been impressed with their durability and reliability. 

Good Earth Lighting 180-Degree LED Outdoor Motion-Activated Flood Light
Lowe's

Good Earth Lighting 180-Degree LED Outdoor Motion-Activated Flood Light

$100 from Lowe’s 

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This light is equipped with an infrared sensor that detects motion up to 100 feet away, allowing it to come on automatically and illuminate your yard. You can set it to remain on for 1-, 5-, and 10-minute increments once motion stops. The light features a die cast aluminum housing and shatter-resistant diffuser lens for durability, and is backed by a 10-year limited warranty. 


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Defender Security Sliding Patio Door Lock Pin
Amazon

Defender Security Sliding Patio Door Lock Pin

$5 from Amazon

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This lock pin may look simple, but it creates a barrier that keeps your door closed, preventing it from being slid or lifted. You can insert the pin into the retaining ring to activate the lock, and then store it in the holder when it’s unlocked. The lock is made of alloy steel for strength and durability. 

Fake Dummy Dome Cameras
Amazon

Fake Dummy Dome Cameras

$18 from Amazon

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If you’re not concerned with actually filming security coverage but still want to deter thieves, this pack of four security cameras may help. A flashing red light makes the cameras look highly realistic. The cameras are powered by two AA batteries, so there’s no wiring required, making for an easy installation. 

Bunker Hill Security Wireless Security Alert System
Harbor Freight Tools

Bunker Hill Security Wireless Security Alert System

$15 from Harbor Freight

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This system is equipped with a wireless receiver, so it will chime when the sensor detects motion. You can mount the sensor on a post or wall, and then set the receiver within the sensor’s 400-foot range. The sensor will recognize motion within 30 feet, and its water-resistant means you can install it outside. 

Echo Dot 4
Amazon

Echo Dot Smart Speaker

$40 from Amazon

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This smart speaker features an attractive compact, fabric design. When paired with other smart home devices, it lets you set alarms, turn on your lights, lock your doors, and more, all by voice. You can also use the Echo Dot to set up Guard, which can send you mobile alerts if the device detects smoke alarms or glass breaking. 


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Wyze
Wyze Labs, Inc

Wyze Home Monitoring

$5 per month from Wyze

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If you’re looking for a monitored home security system, Wyze is the most affordable option on the market. You can build a system to your specifications and easily install the devices yourself. Wyze contacts you within five seconds of an alarm, and also routes calls to your local 911 call center to ensure a prompt response. 

Wundermax Door Stoppers
Amazon

Wundermax Door Stoppers

$10 from Amazon

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With this three-pack of door stoppers, you can easily secure your doors from the inside. The wedges prevent anyone from pushing the door in, and they deliver a secure hold on surfaces including concrete, carpet, tile, and linoleum. The wedges are made of durable rubber, and you can layer them if you’re working with a larger door gap or a heavier door. 

Ring Video Doorbell Wired
Lowe's

Ring Video Doorbell Wired

$60 from Lowe's

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This wired video doorbell features HD video, two-way talk, and motion detection capabilities. It can send alerts to your phone, so you never miss anything, even when you’re not home. The camera is equipped with night vision for a clear picture in any light, and it pairs with Alexa so you’ll hear audio announcements when someone’s at the door. 

Door Armor MAX Complete Door Reinforcement Set
Amazon

Door Armor MAX Complete Door Reinforcement Set

$100 from Amazon

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With this three-piece door reinforcement kit, you can make any door kick-proof. The kit reinforces the weak points in your door, including the area around the lock, jamb, and hingest. Installation requires a power drill and about 30 minutes. 

Portable Door Lock
Amazon

Portable Door Lock

$14 from Amazon

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This portable lock is designed for doors that open inward, and you can take it with you for security in hotels as well as at home. There are no tools required for its installation or use, and it’s made of stainless steel for durability. The lock won’t damage your door and is designed for repeated use. 

Securityman 2-in-1 Door Security Bar with Alarm
Amazon

Securityman 2-in-1 Door Security Bar with Alarm

$34 from Amazon

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This security bar functions as a stopper for a door or a window, and it features interchangeable caps for hinged doors and sliding doors. The angled rubber bottom ensures a strong, secure grip, and the bar can withstand up to 350 pounds of pressure. The bar is equipped with a vibration sensor and alarm attachment, so you’ll be alerted if anyone is trying to open a door or window. 

Google Nest Cam
Amazon

Google Nest Cam

$130 from Amazon

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The Nest Cam offers 24/7 live video and night vision. The kit includes a built-in stand that you can also mount on a wall. You can check in on your house any time by using the app, and the clear picture in any light means you can keep tabs on what’s going on. 

Simple Set Plug-In Dual Digital Outdoor Timer
Home Depot Product Authority, LLC.

Simple Set Plug-In Dual Digital Outdoor Timer

$26 from Home Depot

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This timer makes it easy to automate your indoor or outdoor lights, so it will look like you’re home even when you’re away. You can schedule your lights and appliances to turn on and off at specific times. The timer is weather-resistant and is equipped with two grounded outlets and a handy digital display. It’s compatible with LED, incandescent, halogen, CFL, and dimmable LED bulbs. 

The Studio Security Kit
Cove Smart, LLC

The Studio Security Kit

$147 from Cove

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If you’re looking to secure a smaller space, like a studio or small apartment, this kit gives you the essentials without any frills. It includes a touch alarm panel, a door sensor, a motion detector, and an indoor camera. You can easily install all of the devices yourself, and if the kit isn’t quite what you need, you can customize it and add on other products. 

Google Nest Protect Second Generation
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Google Nest Protect Second Generation Wired Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

$119 from Bed Bath & Beyond

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This smoke and carbon monoxide alarm will speak to warn you of smoke or CO, and it will also send a warning to your phone in case you’re not home. You can also turn the alarm off from your phone if needed. The alarm uses two light wavelengths to seek out fast- and slow-burning fires, and it tests itself 400 times a day to ensure it will be functional if you ever truly need it. 

SimpliSafe Home Security System
SimpliSafe, Inc.

SimpliSafe Home Security System

$310 from SimpliSafe

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SimpliSafe’s eight-piece security system gets you up and running affordably, but it also offers comprehensive protection for your home. It includes a key fob, motion sensor, glass break sensor, and three entry sensors. You can edit the system to include the specific items you need, and you’ll never have to sign up for a service contract. 


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