Many people think a security system is expensive. A Safety.com survey that explored the motivations behind home security purchases identified expense as the number obstacle in owning a system: 33% of respondents thought they couldn’t afford it.
The truth is that a simple set-up from a trusted provider might be more affordable than you think. Protect America, for example, offers packages starting at $19.99 per month with no up-front installation costs. There are also affordable systems that you can install yourself without a long-term contract: SimpliSafe’s Essentials Package starts at $259.95 for equipment and $14.99 per month for (optional) professional monitoring.
Of course, if you don’t want to invest in a monitored home alarm system, there are many more standalone home security devices available than there used to be. These products range from security cameras, to video doorbells, to smart locks and driveway alarms. You keep tabs on them yourself using a smartphone app or other sensors, so you don’t need to pay a security company to monitor and respond to your alarms.
Wireless cameras are increasingly popular because they can be purchased for a very reasonable price and they’re easy to install yourself. For example, a Ring indoor/outdoor wireless camera is $99.99 for the plug-in or battery-powered version, and $148.99 for solar powered. Wyze offers camera options for even smaller budgets.