Home Security Solutions For Seniors On A Budget

As seniors, protecting our home with proper security is vital. Let's examine the best ways to stay safe when cash is short in supply.
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Whether you’re looking for a first-time installation or upgrading your security system, home security is a top priority. You want to protect your home from intruders, fires, water damage, and medical emergencies. The only question is…what’s the best and most affordable way to do it.

Let’s focus on the best solutions for a home security system on a budget.

What’s The Bare Minimum?

You want to have at least these features to not only keep your home safe, but also not go bonkers or broke trying to do so. It’s easy to go wild on security features—especially if you are talking with a passionate security professional.

Here’s the bare minimum checklist:

  • A central hub that ties all your security equipment together.
  • A siren or alarm.
  • A motion detector, especially at the main entrance
  • Sensors on all windows and doors at ground level.

If you want to up your system a little more, check into these features:

  • Full mobile access.
  • Video surveillance.
  • Remote control.
  • 24/7 protection.
What The High End Systems Offer

Higher end security systems come with in-home assessment and professional installation. These may seem like luxuries, but it can be helpful to have a professional evaluate your property and install the system.

Check out costs in your area. Many companies provide a free in-home evaluation and can make you aware of potential vulnerability points to your home and property.

What About DIY Solutions

If you’re handy, or know someone who is, going the DIY route is attractive. You can keep criminals out of your house, avoid monthly fees, and protect your property. In short, you can protect your home without spending a fortune.

If you’re not a DIY kind of person, no problem. Ask your friends, family and neighbors for tips. Perhaps there is someone in your circle who loves to do this kind of handy work.

How To Avoid Monthly Fees

Monthly fees can really add up over time. That’s why when you’re shopping for a budget home security system; it helps to find one without a monthly fee. That means you’ll likely be doing the monitoring of your home system.

The upside is, as said, no monthly fees. The downside is, no round-the-clock surveillance. If you’re monitoring yourself, you’ll have to call the police, fire or ambulance directly. If you’re on vacation, you won’t have that sense of security and peace of mind of 24/7 monitoring.

While we’re on the ‘no-monthly-fees’ topic, look for a home security system with full mobile access. Otherwise, you’ll only get a warning when it’s already to late to stop a breech.

Top 4 Security Systems On A Budget

In reviewing the options, four options rise to the top.

Ring Alarm
Ring has branched out to smart technology, going beyond the video doorbell camera that made it a household name.

The 10-piece Ring Alarm security kit is considered one of the best ways to design a security system for your home. Ring Alarm 10-piece starts at $259, and is compatible with Ring doorbells, cameras and lights. You can add a monitoring plan and video doorbell for additional costs. With no contracts, you can be up and running at a remarkably low cost.

As this system is password protected, be sure to create strong, unique passwords; reset passwords regularly; and use two-factor authentication.

This system works with numerous smart home brands such as Alexa, Google Assistant and Amazon.

This is the bottom line cheapest way to add some security to your home. You can get started at under $50 for indoor security camera, a motion detector and two door and window sensors.

However, there are no options to integrate 24/7 professional monitoring, nor siren to sound the alarm during suspicious activity. Wyze isn’t compatible with most other smart home gadgets.

At these rock-bottom prices, you can’t not afford to have a home security set up!

Abode is a simple all-in-one security system. You can select a lot of options with their smart security kit or camera. Abode’s Iota is a smart security camera, which makes it possible to also add professional monitoring.

The cost of $229 plus taxes gets you going for Total Abode for the first year. The Abode Iota security camera includes free mobile access, an extra contact sensor, a remote key fob and three days of video storage.

This is the most expensive of the budget solutions. It’s a DIY option that you can modify to match exactly what you’re looking for in your home. You can go basic to more robust to include multiple sirens, smart home integration and security cameras.

The costs for a Total SimpliSafe are $652 plus taxes. However, be sure to shop for discounts such as free cameras, which they offer on a regular basis.

SimpliSafe is famous for offering free shipping, free returns, 60-day money-back guarantee, no contracts, no mark-ups and no hidden costs.

Assistance Club Summary

The #1 Tip: Home security solutions are easier and more affordable than ever. Be sure to look for what works best for you, your family and your lifestyle.