DIY Home Security Tips

Don't have the budget for a professional home security system? Try these inexpensive, do-it-yourself solutions that will make your home safer.

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Carley shows you how to use the latest technology to keep your home secure.

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.

8 DIY Home Security Devices

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Piper

Lowe’s Iris

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Dropcam

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Belkin WeMo

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August Smart Lock

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Brinno PeepHole Viewer

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SkyBell Video Doorbell

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STI Rex Plus II Electronic Watchdog

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.

12 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home's Security

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You’ve Got (a lot of) Mail

Decal Decoy

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Home Automation Tricks

Give Shrubs a Trim

Light Things Up

Lock Down

Keep an Eye on Things

Don’t Advertise

Install Window Stops

Get to Know Your Neighbors

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Fill Your Trash

Get a Fake Fido

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Every one of these will help you feel more secure. And your peace of mind might be the most valuable thing you’ll protect.

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