Home security can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. While top-of-the-line cameras have all the bells and whistles, they may not be the most accessible to people on a budget. If you know just where to look, you can find killer deals on security devices that don’t require professional installation. So how do you avoid hurting your pocketbook while trying to keep your home or apartment secure?
Check out these cheap home security devices, including door sensors and window sensors, security cameras and motion detectors. These cheap home security options can help secure your house and bring you peace of mind when you’re away from home.
Wyze Bulb: Smart Bulbs Stop Dumb Burglars
One of the most obvious deterrents to would-be intruders is an occupied house. Throw some smart bulbs into your kitchen, living room or front porch fixtures, schedule them to flip on at certain times during the night, and you instantly make your house much less appealing to the more-skittish thief.
One of the most wallet-friendly options: The Wyze bulb. You can get one for $8 or four for $30 — not too much more than a regular LED bulb. These cheap home security gadgets connect directly to your Wi-Fi network and can be controlled with the Wyze mobile app through your mobile device. They are perfect to schedule and forget about.
Price: from N10,000 at Amazon
Wyze Cam: Real (Cheap) Smart Cam
You can find cheap security cameras for less than N30,000 — yes, that cheap — that actually offer most of the smarts and wireless security features of the higher-end models including night vision and a motion sensor with AI person detection. Wyze Cam is the wallet-friendliest smart Wi-Fi camera, and it offers free person-alerts to your Wyze app, 14 days of cloud storage and an SD card slot if you want continuous recording. This Wi-Fi security camera is pretty incredible for the price. Read our Wyze Cam review.
From N28,000 at Jumia
Armo Dummy Security Cameras: Set Up Dummy Cameras
While we’re talking deterrence, it might be worth considering dummy cameras. Especially for larger properties, where you want to cover a lot of ground without breaking the bank, fake security cameras can make your house look like a locked-down compound.
Of course, deterrence will only get you so far with fake cameras. If a burglar breaks into your house, you’ll still want alarm systems — either some sort of alarm monitoring device or motion detectors — to alert you to the breach.
From N10,000 at Amazon
Wyze Sense: Use a Security Sensor Kit
If you’re less concerned about recording specific rooms, and more interested in monitoring entryways to your house, the security sensor kit could be a better fit for you. Wyze is the security company that takes the cake again here, with a $20 kit that includes a bridge (which connects to the Wyze WiFi camera and helps the devices communicate), two-door/window sensors and one motion sensor.
Again, for the price, this is a solid deal. For a small apartment, or if you’re just monitoring your front and back doors, this kit could keep you solidly covered with motion detection for super cheap — eliminating the need for professional monitoring with shoddy customer service or false alarms.
From N10,000 at Wyze
Amazon Echo Dot: Ask Alexa
As a relatively recent addition to the Echo’s feature set, Alexa Guard can help keep an ear (or some far-field microphones) on your house when you’re away. An Echo Dot is the cheapest way to get Alexa Guard in your house. But if you already have an Echo, this monitoring service is totally free.
Just say, “Alexa, I’m leaving” to switch on the feature. Then your Echo will listen for glass breaking, alarms or the sound of humans moving around your house (it can distinguish between pets and people) — and you’ll receive a mobile alert if it hears anything. Read our Echo Dot with Clock review.
N16,000 – N20,000 at Jumia
From N15,000 at Konga
D-Link DCS-933L: Get 180-Degree View
This little IP camera offers a simple and cost-effective springboard into the surveillance game, as it comes complete with local storage on a microSD card and a free app that makes it easy to monitor your property remotely. And by recording a wide 180-degree view whenever its motion sensor or mic are triggered, the DCS-933L does its job quite well.
The plastic construction does feel a little vulnerable, however, and app support is decidedly less sophisticated than the competition, so we would advise spending just a little more if you’re serious about surveillance.
N37,000 at Jumia
These super-cheap security solutions will give you peace of mind without emptying your wallet.