Technology makes home security cheaper, easier than ever

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When it comes to home security you might think of complex installation and monthly subscriptions.

But now technology can make it more accessible to protect your home before you leave it empty to go on summer vacation.

"The big change recently in security is that smart phones have allowed us to monitor things in our home ourselves. That's kind of opened the door for products that cost a lot less because we can install them ourselves," says Ry Crist, CNET Reviews Editor.

Technology like motion sensors, cameras and smart lights are providing more options outside of traditional wired systems - for a fraction of the cost

"One that I like a lot is called piper. It costs a little over $200. It's a small device that sits on your shelf with a camera and built in sensors," says Crist.

It detects motion and sound, with the ability to arm the system wirelessly.

"If you have a bigger space and more doors and window to secure, I like a system called iSmart Alarm that has door sensors and window sensors and motion trackers that you can put through your home," says Crist.

You'll get alerts on your smartphone if something's amiss.

You can even answer the door when you're not at home with a smart doorbell like the "ring".

Smart bulbs like BeON can also trick would-be burglars into thinking someone is home.

"They can also replay your previous night's lighting, so if you're gone, you can just kind of hit replay, and the bulbs will turn on and off in the same pattern as the night before to make it look like you are home," says Crist.

Keeping an eye on your home when your guard dogs are slacking off.

The iSmart alarm, ring doorbell and BeON light bulbs will cost you around 200 bucks for starter kits.

One cheap DIY hack is to use the camera in an old phone or tablet.

You just set it up, connect it to a power source and use a free app like 'Presence' which can let you see through the camera via wi-fi.

The iSmart alarm, ring doorbell and BeON light bulbs will cost you around $200 for starter kits.

One cheap DIY hack is to use the camera in an old phone or tablet.