What’s the best home security system under $50?

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – These days, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a home surveillance system. Many are affordable, easy to use and won’t look gaudy in your home.

Manager Gary Glarner at WatchDog Surveillance and Spy Gear in Turkey Creek said there are some amazing gadgets that are under $50. Knoxville mom Tracy Clevenger tagged-along with her priceless 3-year-old daughter Kate to weigh-in on what type of security camera would work best at her home.

Tracy Clevenger and her 3-year-old daughter Kate test the video clarity on the Bluetooth camera
Tracy Clevenger and her 3-year-old daughter Kate test the video clarity on the Bluetooth camera

Glarner says one popular items looks just like a Bluetooth, but it contains a tiny camera. The camera Velcros to any surface in your home.

“These will last on motion for two hours of recording so it won’t record unless someone’s in there,”  Glarner explained.

Bluetooth camera
Bluetooth camera

Clevenger said she likes the simplicity of the blue tooth, as well as a tiny wired camera that is also easy to use.

“They’re amazing, ” Clevenger said, “because they’re so small, you could really put them anywhere. I like the idea of a wired camera because I don’t have to worry about charging it.”

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Another way to keep a secret eye on your property is a wall hook. Glarner says you can place it inside your home by any door, preferable from the garage into your home. We tested it. Audio extends ten feet, and the video has amazing clarity.

“A lady actually caught someone coming into her house that way,” Glarner said.

The hook, too, is under $50. Clevenger said she is “hooked” on the hook.

“I love the hook, ” Clevenger said. “I think a lot of it is because it’s such a novelty, it’s so useful, so it has a utility factor where if I have it hung up somewhere , it doesn’t look like a camera. I can even hang a jacket on it.”

The hook also doesn’t require a program to download. Glarner said you just attach the camera to your computer or television to see who’s been on your property.

The wall hook camera can be easily plugged into a computer or tv to play back security footage
The wall hook camera can be easily plugged into a computer or tv to play back security footage

Fake smoke alarms are also a hot commodity, according to Glarner. The alarms are under $50 and are equipped with a tiny camera. He says you can move them around to different spots in your home.

The one we looked at is also a motion detector. The battery lasts 8 hours.

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Manager Gary Glarner at WatchDog Surveillance and Spy Gear in Turkey Creek shows off the smoke alarm camera

Another affordable option: medium to large sized fake surveillance cameras. They serve as a deterrent on the outside or inside of your home.

Technology has come so far, and the industry is so competitive, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for a big bank of monitors and expensive cameras. Just do your homework.

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“Don’t get exuberant , don’t try to buy the best, just buy the latest,” Glarner advised.

For moms like Clevenger, having the tiny extra set of eyes in and around her home provides extra peace of mind.

“I know if something’s going to happen, ” Clevenger said, “I’m going to be aware of it. If there’s an intruder that comes into my house, my garage, I’m going to know about it, whether we’re home or not.”

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