To add a layer of security without a full-scale system or a monthly monitoring fee, consider getting a standalone security camera. On the downside, you won’t have professionals monitoring your household for you. On the other hand, automation features make it easy to monitor the camera yourself. If you know how to use a smartphone, you can get real-time alerts about activity caught on camera. And as long as your home has Wi-Fi, set up is a cinch too.
The Nest Cam IQ Indoor and the Ring Stick Up Cam are Safety.com’s two top picks for wireless security cameras. Both are simple to set up and offer benefits like 1080p HD video quality, two-way audio, motion detection and mobile alerts. For a deeper dive into easy-to-install camera options, explore our Best Wireless Security Cameras comparison guide.
(Note: All of the leading monitored home security providers offer higher-tier packages with add-on security cameras. However, these start to bring us into more advanced territory. If you definitely want a system that includes monitored home security and a security camera with mobile alerts, then start by comparing top home security companies and check prices on the specific configuration you desire. If you’re not tech-savvy, it will probably be easier to go through one company than to mix and match devices and providers.)