Life is all about protection: taking care of yourself and loved ones while keeping intruders out. It can be as simple as password protecting your phone or electronic files to as advanced as purchasing a home security system. 

That said, when it comes to homeownership, you have a variety of options when it comes to levels of safety. Pending your neighborhood and your budget, you may want to opt-out of a full-service security system and instead choose more affordable security solutions.

These are four of our favorite options when it comes to affordable home security.

1. Home door sensors

24/7 monitoring isn’t always necessary when it comes to home security solutions. A simple home door sensor package may be loud enough and bright enough to scare off criminals, leaving them to think the police are on their way. 

Some higher-end options may even alert your smartphone that the device has been triggered and you have a door or window that’s been broken into.

2. Security cameras

Security cameras are one of the more popular tech tools keeping homes safe, as many new models are equipped with smart and proactive features. Think automatic, real-time alerts via an app, or the ability to partner with voice commands via Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. 

Before investing in a camera, consider the video quality, whether it has a zoom function and better yet night vision, and also if it has a mobile device remote control so you can receive a live stream directly to your mobile device. Additional fees may be involved, but it’s well worth the investment. 

3. Motion detectors

A motion detector is a device that detects moving objects, particularly people. For as little as $15 a unit, you can detect movement in or outside of your home and have lights turned on for a set period of time. 

You can also choose more advanced options that include video. Some recordable motion sensors start recording when they sense motion. Cameras controlled by motion sensors can save you memory storage by not recording hundreds of hours of useless footage—they only capture the important stuff.

4. Smart doorbells

If you want to see who is at your door before you open it, gone are the days of the peep hole. Instead, you can install a smart doorbell, like Ring offers. Not only can you see who is out there, you can also speak to them in real-time. You also get the previously mentioned motion sensor alerts and the ability to capture video. They’re very affordable home security solutions that can leave you with a great sense of security. If you haven’t looked into a smart doorbell, definitely take some time to consider it.

DIY home security solutions

High-cost home security isn’t your only option when it comes to keeping your home and family safe. There are many DIY home security projects you can complete on your own. For example, maybe it’s adding pin locks to your windows so it’s more difficult for intruders to enter your home. You can also add a wooden down to secure your patio door. Maybe get a dog or participate in a neighborhood watch program.

For peace of mind at home and away from home, these four affordable home security solutions are well worth their time and investment.