Did I leave the garage door open? Did I forget to lock the back door … again? 

If you’ve asked yourself these questions on the way to work, you’re not alone. Leaving our homes each day is part of our routine, and unfortunately leaving them unprotected is also sometimes part of that routine. That’s why many people follow up with the question: is home security worth the investment?

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If you’re asking yourself that same question, keep reading to learn how to secure your home without breaking the bank.

1. Door Stop Alarms

You might use a door stop to keep doors open when you’re bringing in groceries. But did you know that a door stop can actually be used as a security measure? Designed with a loud 120-decibel alarm, a pressure-sensitive alarm trigger, General Electric’s GE 50246 door stop alarm is extremely effective and can keep your home safe from would-be intruders. This lightweight security door stop is powered by a single nine-volt battery. It’s also wireless, which means setup and installation are simple. And the on-off switch makes it easy to operate. Like any door stop, this one works as an effective door jammer, giving you plenty of time to call for help or get out of harm’s way. The door stop is also lightweight, so you can take it anywhere you go. Use it at home, at a family member’s house, or in a hotel on your next trip for an added layer of protection. 

2. Peel-and-Stick Alarms 

That’s right, a sticker can keep your home safe. These practical peel-and-stick alarms work by detecting vibrations. If a significant vibration is detected, the household is alerted by a 100-decibel siren. Simple to install, just peel and stick the device to any window around your home and let the sensors go to work. This alarm is ideal for sliding windows and can be used not only in your home but apartments, dorm rooms, offices, storefronts, and even RV campers. It also has a warning sticker, which in itself may work to deter would-be criminals from making your home their next target. 

3. Smart Home Security 

From refrigerators to smartphones, smart technology is everywhere. And home security is no exception. Smart home technology makes it easier to stay safe at home, whether you choose to install smart security cameras or smart door locks. Today’s home security technology is more advanced than ever before. But don’t let the tech discourage you. Many of these modern systems are easy to install and easy to operate. If you have a smartphone and a Wi-Fi connection, you can see what’s going on in and around your home, even if you’re not there. Now that’s smart.

4. Motion Sensor Spotlights 

For years security experts have touted the benefits of outdoor lighting as a means to prevent crime. Adding security lighting around your home and property is a surefire way to keep your home safe and protected. While a number of different lighting systems can be effective, one of the most effective lighting solutions can be found in motion sensor spotlights. Unlike switch-controlled doorstep lights, motion-sensor lighting switches on only when it senses motion. These lights are also very bright and can illuminate otherwise dark areas of your property, encouraging potential criminals and thieves to keep moving along.

No matter who you are or where you live, there’s a good chance that at one time or another you have considered your home’s security. With these affordable options, from motion sensor lighting to door stop alarms, you can keep your home safe, whatever your budget.