Stay Safe! These are the Best Security Systems for Renters

published Sep 19, 2019
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When people purchase a home, they often consider setting up a security system to protect themselves, their family, and their valuables. That doesn’t always cross the minds of renters, but it should: There are actually plenty of great systems on the market that are also quite affordable, so you have every incentive to hop on the bandwagon (and determine whether your housemate really has been going through your closet after all).

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Kangaroo Home Security Motion + Entry Sensor

This tech-savvy system works with your smartphone to keep you safe. No matter your location, you’ll be notified when someone opens a door or window (though there is a special way to prevent your furry friends from setting it off each time they glide across the room!). At just $30, it’s a no-brainer.

Buy: Kangaroo Home Security Motion + Entry Sensor, $29.99 from Amazon

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Ring Video Doorbell

Is that the pizza delivery person or a total stranger ringing your doorbell? Since not all apartment doors are equipped with windowpanes or peepholes, it can often be alarming when a visitor shows up unannounced. This doorbell features a video camera function that will allow you to see and speak with guests standing outside (and footage is then stored in the Cloud). You can also pair it with your Google Assistant or Alexa voice control settings.

Buy: Ring Video Doorbell, $99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

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Light Bulb Camera WiFi Panoramic IP Security Surveillance System

This camera/light bulb hybrid is a great way to monitor who’s approaching your home, but it can also be used indoors. A two-way voice feature makes it easy to say hello to pets or caregivers who may be at home during the day while monitoring what’s going on inside the apartment.

Buy: Light Bulb Camera WiFi Panoramic IP Security Surveillance System, $29.95 from Walmart

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Wyze Cam V2

Customers are major fans of this camera system, which boasts features similar to the lightbulb featured above in addition to a three-way axis and magnetic base. Reviewers are thrilled with its high quality, low price, and ease to use.

Buy: Wyze Cam V2, $25.98 from Amazon

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Google Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

Though pricey, the Nest system is another customer favorite. It features a built-in Google assistant, can open a door quietly, and much more. You’ll even get a text alert if you forget to set your alarm before leaving.

Buy: Google Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack, $399.99 from Walmart