Whether you live alone, travel for business often or simply want to protect your home better when you are away, finding the right home security options can be a daunting task. Many of us are familiar with the big names in home security systems and services. But, for those of us who cannot invest in security services, for any number of reasons, there are a few hacks and gadgets you can use that will help deter would be burglars.

Below are some of our favorite, easy-to-use security gadgets that we think will give you a leg up on any thieves eyeing your home.

GE Door Stop Alarm

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via smarthome.com

This low profile option provides a simple solution for those looking for easy ways to protect the main entrances of your home. For around $15, you can buy a GE Door Stop Alarm (the 9 volt battery you’ll need is not included). Just switch it on and place it beneath a closed door for added security. If someone opens the armed door, the pressure from the door touching the device’s alarm plate will sound a glaring 120 decibel alarm. The alarm stops once the door is closed and is no longer touching the the alarm plate. Watch the video below for more on this nifty gadget.

The Fake TV

via faketv.com

via faketv.com

This little number is so simple it’s brilliant. Never leave your house looking dark or vacant ever again. Just plug in and turn on this pint-sized unit and watch as it mimics the colorful display of a 27″ or 40″ television screen from behind drawn curtains or blinds. The prices vary from model to model. They start at $24.95. Learn more at FakeTV.com. Video demo below, too.

Dummy Security Cameras

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via homedepot.com

Thieves don’t want to get caught. They look for tell-tale indicators like security system lawn signs and cameras that show that a home owner has gone the extra step to protect their abode. Dummy cameras are a convincing, realistic alternative to their “real” (and expensive) counterparts. Equipped with motion detectors and flashing red lights, crooks won’t be able to tell the difference. Prices and model types vary widely but you can purchase one from Home Depot for as low as $12.94.

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via homedepot.com

Electronic Watch Dog Alarm

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via sears.com

Once you set the alarm on one of these units and leave your home, it can sense any intruders yards away. It can either chime much like a traditional alarm or be set to “barking dog”. The threat of a viscous guard dog is enough to send a burglar running! Watch how you set it up below.

For more on smart home security tech, check out our previous post, Best Smart Home Tech from CES 2016 pt. 2.

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