DIY Home Security Tips
Affordable Home Security Technology 02:30
Professionally installed system, big-bill subscriptions – home security can be daunting, especially if you’re a renter or on a budget. In fact, if you’ve already maxed out your monthly expenses on living space and insurance, adding another fee can feel impossible. No wonder lots of us avoid the security issue altogether – until the unthinkable happens, and a break-in makes the cost of avoiding one seem so much less expensive.
Fortunately, there are other things you can do besides shelling out the big bucks, putting up a giant fence or adopting a scary dog. I’ve found some DIY home security tech that can make your home safer, and don’t require a food bowl or daily walks.
No need to buy separate cameras and alarms: This hub has an integrated, 180-degree HD video camera, microphone with two-way audio, and a siren. It also monitors temperature and humidity, and for extra security, you can add door and window sensors. If there’s trouble, Piper can message, text, email and call you.
A small but powerful HD camera with two-way audio, Dropcam works with an app to let you see what’s happening in your house via your smart devices or computer. It sends emails or notifications when it detects movement. Crystal visuals plus night vision make this a great choice for monitoring pets and babies, too.
A series of products intended to make it easy to automate your home, WeMo lets you control everything via app — from cameras to motion sensors to lights. Schedule your house to light up at a certain time, lock or unlock, check cameras or even switch on the stereo, so it’s like you’re home even when you’re not.
August Smart Lock
Safer than leaving keys under a mat (or getting your key reproduced or stolen), this smart keyless lock only lets in those who have a digital key assigned to them. You can even control when people have access to your house (so the housekeeper can’t let herself in while you’re on vacation).
SkyBell Video Doorbell
Who’s ringing the bell? Find out by seeing live video feed on your cell phone — then communicate via two-way audio. It’s like installing a call box with video, plus a motion sensor, night vision and accessibility across multiple devices — so you can even see who’s there when you’re out of the house.
There’s a device for your front door that keeps strangers out, but lets in whomever you choose, and you’ll never need to copy a key or leave one under the mat. And how about a peephole with video and night vision, so there’s no more guessing who’s at the door? Finally, there’s a home security system that includes a camera, motion sensors and even noise detection — you can see what’s going on, and it will alert you when things don’t seem right. Best of all, they all can be controlled from your phone wherever you are, and none of them come with a monthly fee.
Every one of these will help you feel more secure. And your peace of mind might be the most valuable thing you’ll protect.