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5 Home Security Gadgets to Keep You Safe

Updated on August 29, 2017
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Michael has long-lived interest in science and technology. He enjoys trying out the latest gadgets and sharing them with others.

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There are relatively many, very affordable home security gadgets that are readily available to ward off and deter the criminal element. No matter where one lives, they are susceptible to becoming a victim, and many become victims of lack of proper vigilance and proactive defensive measures.

A good combination of home security devices, working in conjunction will keep a home much more secure, whether you're not home or sound asleep in bed. Yet, protecting one's home is easier said than done, and should be looked upon as an ongoing necessity, rather than an overnight operation. Maybe you're a parent and do not feel comfortable with having a firearm in the house, so other options must be considered.

Also, keeping a home efficiently secure shouldn't cost an arm and leg. Taking these factors into consideration, the following home security gadgets aren't weapons, nor are they wildly expensive. These are inexpensive, highly reviewed by real consumers from Amazon, feel free to read the multitude of positive reviews for yourself.

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Home System Alarms

Almost nothing comes close to a home security system to put one's mind at ease. The Simplisafe2 Wireless security system allows people to setup their own system, and that passes a substantial amount of savings on to their consumers. Installation takes less than an hour and costs less than half of other standard home alarm systems.

With this highly rated and reviewed security device, you receive an eight piece, pre-programmed sensor units, that automatically work in conjunction with one another. They all can be set up in 20 minutes or less. Additionally, this home security package also includes a built-in wireless modem, making it next to impossible for robbers to circumvent.

Why spend thousands more per year to keep your home and family safe? Anyone who decides on this system will have to sign up for service, which is a very inexpensive, compared to other systems, at $14.99 a month for 24/7 monitoring. SimpliSafe2 home security sensors use the latest technology to foil any attempts of would be thieves. No hard line or contract needed, the system is 100% wireless and ready to go, right out of the box.

Solar Powered Security Motion Light

This security gadget is a stand alone unit that requires no power-source, just position and mount where you need it. This motion detection device will automatically turn its high intensity, bright LED light(800-lumen output) on when movement is detected.

This security floodlight is powered by a solar panel and charges up to work throughout the night, no wiring is required. Intended for use to add additional illumination for possibly compromised areas, such as a dim driveway, dark pathway, garage, shed, or front porch.

The possibilities are up to the owner, considering this unit can be moved and mounted virtually anywhere. The solar powered motion LED lights are housed in a durable ABS plastic and aluminum. Makes a great addition to a home security network. Also ideal for non-security purposes, a handy secondary or supplementary light source.

Fake TV Burglar Deterrent

This nifty security gadget is another inexpensive deterrent for a curious burglar, utilized when the homeowners are away. The fake television break-in deterrent produces a series of bright LED lights that project many combinations of lights and hues to simulate a real HD television.

From outside the home through a window will appear as if someone is home enjoying some late night TV shows. Studies show burglars are less likely to break in a home that is occupied. Why not just leave your own television on you might ask?

Simply because It wouldn't be energy conscious, this security device uses little to no electricity, and the LED lighting doesn't need much power to operate. The unit comes with an integrated sensor switch that activates when it's dark enough. A couple of these babies in strategically visible rooms will make your home a more unappealing target for thieves.

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Dummy Security Camera with Blinking Light

Yes, this home security gadget is, in fact, a dummy surveillance camera, made to look like an actual working one, even comes with a small flashing light. This fake security measure is a deterrent to theft. The one thing home invaders and burglars dislike is being video taped and will move on to softer targets.

Includes a rain shield, easily mounted for indoor or outdoor use. Perfect security gadget for the home or office to make criminals think twice towards stealing or vandalizing your property. Also works great in front of the driveway, where it will be most visible, and therefore more effective in its purpose.

Simple to set in position, and also tilts downward and left to right. Powered by a 1.5V AA battery. An extremely useful and cost productive method in home defense.

Electronic Watchdog, Barking Dog Alarm

A truly cheeky way for a homeowner to guard his castle, with an electronic watchdog gadget that is always ready to greet would be intruders. Also, it has an option for soothing sounds of a rainforest or a pleasant alert chime to let you know guests have arrived and are nearing the front entrance.

However, when you're away or in bed and want a little extra home security intimidation, the electronic watchdog might be right for you. This clever security gadget is essentially a motion detector, plugged in it will emit a real life recorded bark of an aggressive and protective guard dog. Place it near a front door, and it will alert you of approaching movement, and as the target comes closer to in proximity, it will increase its rate of barking.

Plugs into any outlet and is a reliable source of 24-hour security. Most intruders will not want the hassle of subduing a canine, moreover, some burglars will not want to hurt a dog, and will opt for a better opportunity elsewhere. A great inexpensive alternative for an actual dog, the electronic watchdog doesn't eat, sleep, or rest.

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Ways to Improve Your Home Security

To reiterate, keeping your home safe and secure is an ongoing endeavor, that requires being aware of your home's weakness and vulnerabilities. Active burglars will search for a home that is particularly unprotected, thieves, don't relish the thought of a challenge. Here are a few nearly effortless things you can do to make your home less at risk for break-ins.

  • Career thieves will always choose an unoccupied residence, rather than meet resistance, so create the appearance of an occupied home. Lights that are on timers are effective for this when you plan to be out.
  • Use metal or iron bars to reinforce sliding glass doors and windows. The idea is to make it as hard for the burglar as possible, making your home a less savory target.
  • Make sure the locks in your home are all up to date, many break-ins occur in the happenstance of the intruders possessing a key.
  • Use effective lighting, especially around dark vulnerable areas. Burglars are like vampires or cockroaches, they scatter away from the light.
  • Keep in contact with your neighbors, they can help watch out for your home, and you can watch out for your neighbors. If you're planning to be out of town, let them know.
  • Even if you don't have a home security system in place, buy a sign. Criminals will think twice before seeing if the sign is really legitimate, they won't take the chance.
  • The best front line of home security is a dog, one that is protective and will bark when any intruders are close by.

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      Michael Kismet 3 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for weighing in Rock, those are some excellent points you've made, definitely should vet your neighbors and sure they're trustworthy. I totally forgot to include leaving a radio on, nice catch on that one!

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Good advice about keeping your home safe and secure. One other idea is to turn a radio on while you are away. If someone gets close to your home or breaks in and hears a radio, they may assume someone is home and leave your home alone. I am hesitant about telling neighbors that I won't be around, unless I know I can trust them. It's not so much the neighbors, but perhaps them mentioning it to someone else in the area that is a bad actor.