Build A DIY Security System This Weekend

You want your home to be secure, but high-end security gear isn’t cheap. Why not construct a DIY security system? You’ll save some money and improve your tech prowess at the same time.


Make Your Own Alarm System

There is no shortage of DIY alarm projects, so you really just have to decide how and why you want to be alerted. This Arduino-based alarm is motion-based and will send you a text message if it detects an intruder. If you’ve got a Mac, you can use a clever app called SecureHome that detects noise levels and sounds an alarm if they reach a specified level. If you’re worried about partcular items getting stolen and want to alarm them individually, you can’t go wrong with this motion-detecting alarm. It requires some very minor soldering and a tilt switch, but it’s easy enough for just about anyone to create and can be concealed just about anywhere.


Set Up A DIY Security Camera

Security cameras are easy to set up — you just need a webcam and (sometimes) a computer. We have a full guide on setting up a comprehensive video surveillance system that streams images from a webcam to your phone, a computer or your email. You can even make a solar-powered option and give it motion-sensing capabilities.


Simple Tricks To Keep Your Home Safer

When it comes to securing your home, it helps to think like a criminal and know how they might crack a padlock; bust a combination lock; break into a safe; open your garage door from the outside; or simply break through your front door. When you know how someone might break in you can take measures to prevent it.

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