PhotoYour home and the people who live there are worth protecting, but it’s likely that you can’t be there every moment to protect your palace.

Fortunately, there are several low-cost "starter" security systems that can help you keep an eye on your home when you're not there. You can find research on more robust systems in the ConsumerAffairs Best Wireless Security System research report. 

These motion-sensing home security systems can provide the peace of mind that your home or business is safe and protected from intruders. 

Barking dog alarm

Don’t have a dog? Or is your pooch more of a friendly couch potato than a dutiful guard dog? With the Barking Dog Alarm ($70), you don’t have to own a large German Shepherd in order for it to sound like you do.

The device’s radar technology enables it to detect motion through doors, walls, or windows. Potential intruders may be discouraged from breaking into your home upon hearing the sound of a loud, large breed dog inside. If the intruder persists, the realistic sound of the barking dog will become more frequent and threatening.

Ring Video Doorbell

Ring's Video Doorbell security system gives homeowners the ability to see and speak to whoever is at their door. Whether you’re at the office or just upstairs, you’ll be able to see whether the person on the other side of your door is a solicitor, a neighbor, or perhaps an unwanted visitor.

The system connects to your home’s Wi-Fi and sends you a smartphone notification when someone is at your door. Using Ring’s companion app, homeowners can program the system to send a notification either when the doorbell rings or when motion is detected.

The standard Ring Video Doorbell is $199. The Pro version, which comes with a few advanced features, will set you back $249.


Like Ring, Piper lets you keep tabs on your home from wherever you are. The Wi-Fi connected system will send you an alert when everyone has left your home, which may serve as your cue to arm the system.

Mom or dad can see when the kids have arrived home safely, pet owners can check on their pets throughout the day, and business owners can see when their employees come and go.

Key features of the system include an intruder-deterring siren, a camera with 180-degree views, motion and sound detection, and two-way audio. Piper classic is available for $99. The Piper nv Security Bundle, which comes with three door/window sensors, is $349.

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