DIY home security systems have come a long way

Especially when we’re rolling up on the holidays, it makes total sense to start thinking about bumping up your home security. When you’re making travel plans, when your kids are home during school break, when you’re hosting loved ones, making sure you feel like your home is as secure as possible. Of course, no one can guarantee safety. But with DIY home security systems, taking steps to have an extra eye on the people and things you love most is super easy.

Another bonus of DIY home security systems? You can easily customize them. Whether you’re interested in a couple of cameras that you can tap into on your phone, or looking for a full top-to-bottom setup with door sensors, doorbells, and keypads, these systems let you decide what’s best for you. Below are some great options (and some bonus Black Friday deals).


Started by 3 former Amazon employees, Wyze launched with the idea that smart home products should be accessible to everyone. Today, their first product, the Wyze Cam OG, is still one of their most popular, but they’ve added a ton of different options. Indoor and outdoor cameras, video doorbells, garage door controllers, and even an app-controlled camera car, plus security monitoring plans. Wyze offers some of the most cost-effective home security products out there. They also offer lifestyle products like keypad locks and sprinkler automation, so your whole home can be Wyze smart. Right now, get up to 50% off your favorite Wyze products.

Wyze Home Security—Shop Here!


There’s a really good chance you’ve heard of SimpliSafe. They’ve been around since 2006, and currently work to protect more than 4 million homes in the U.S. and United Kingdom. Their products are designed to blend into your home with clean, minimal lines that disappear into the background. SimpliSafe offers full 24/7 monitoring, standard monitoring, and self-monitoring plans at super reasonable prices, and you can customize your system with everything from key fobs to smart locks and glass-break sensors. And this Black Friday, take 60% off a new system + get a free outdoor camera with Fast Protect monitoring. 

SimpliSafe—Shop Here!


The original Ring Video Doorbell has been making sure no one misses Taco Night since 2012, but they’ve expanded over the years. Every product they make is designed to work together within your own home, as well as connect you with your neighbors and neighborhood happenings through their app. Video doorbells, alarm systems, car systems, and the option of a live Virtual Security Guard make Ring one of the most customizable systems out there. For Black Friday, save up to 50% on select Ring devices. 

Ring—Shop Here!


Cove is one of the newer kids on the block, launching in 2018 with the idea that home security systems should be simple and priced fairly. The Cove Hub is at the heart of it all, connecting all your home sensors to Cove’s monitoring systems. It uses an ethernet system so you don’t have to rely completely on wi-fi, and installation is designed to take around 30 minutes. Customize it with glass-break sensors, door sensors, and indoor/outdoor cameras. Right now, take 65% off equipment + get a free outdoor camera.  

Cove—Shop Here!


What can’t Google do, right? They have a ton of offerings from cellular to audio, but they also offer door locks, cameras, and video doorbells that work together. You can keep an eye on your home at all times, get notified of deliveries, and use the Google Nest Hub to keep it all connected. Google also lets you select front door or outdoor monitoring, so you can decide what system works best for your home. Some of Google’s best deals of the year are happening this Black Friday, too. 

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