Trying to improve your personal or home security on a budget can definitely be a challenge. Though it’s easy to get caught up in advanced security gadgets and sophisticated equipment – you don’t have to spend a lot to make small changes to your security. Here are a few useful gadgets to help improve your security – both at home, and in self defense situations.
Alarm.com iPhone App
While not technically a gadget in itself, the Alarm.com iPhone app definitely seems to be popular among iPhone users. This app allows you to tap into the video feed of your security cameras, as well as arm/disarm your system remotely from your phone. It also features a running “history” of your security devices, so you can see what activity has taken place over the past several hours. The best part about this useful app? It’s completely free for existing Alarm.com customers! If you’re not a customer of this company, don’t worry. Many other home security companies are now also offering free apps for iPhone, Android and other smartphones.
This cool little security gadget is quickly becoming a favorite among women, due to its small size and easy portability. It is designed to be held in the fist, usually as a self-defense technique against muggers. Many self defense classes for women are now teaching some of the standard kubotan defensive tactics. A basic kubotan will usually cost you anywhere from $6 – $10, and can be found in many online retail stores.
The great thing about personal alarms is that they’re legal to carry in most every area – including airplanes and banks. A personal alarm can be easily attached to your keychain, and is very lightweight. With a simple press of a button (or flip of a switch, depending on the model), you could activate a loud alert that might scare off a potential attacker. The other great thing about personal alarms is that they’re usually very inexpensive – around $5 – $10. Personal alarms can also be combined with other devices, such as a kubotan or pepper spray, to give you the edge in a self defense situation.
Window Alert Sensor
Since most window alert sensors are now wireless, they don’t even require many tools to install. Some window sensors only require you to peel-and-stick to your window and window frame. A window sensor will usually emit a loud audible alarm to let you know that a window has been opened. Window sensors can also be used for doors, which makes them a great (and versatile) home security gadget. The best part? It’s possible to find a decent quality window sensor for around $9!