37 Must-Have Products That Help Keep You Safe | 22 Words
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As a parent, there's nothing more important to me than keeping my family safe. Thinking ahead and taking measures to ensure safety is key! I've been researching home and personal security, and while there's certainly some good information out there, I keep seeing the same ads for expensive home security systems that aren't a good fit for my needs (or my budget).

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Instead, I've discovered a treasure trove of must-have products that help keep you safe, and they're all conveniently available on Amazon. From cameras to alarms, there's a gadget for every corner of your life to reduce risk and increase peace of mind.

This Echo Dot Listens for Smoke Alarms and Breaking Glass

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The fourth-generation Echo Dot is pretty darned fantastic. Not only is it a smart speaker that will tell you the weather or play your favorite song, but you can also use it to control lights and lock doors with compatible devices. And now, you can set up Alexa Guard, and your Dot will listen for smoke alarms and broken glass, as well as provide other safety features.

This Ring Video Doorbell Is the Best at What It Does

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A bestseller and industry leader, this Ring Video Doorbell is simply the best way to monitor your front door. The newest generation, released in 2020, features 1080p HD video, improved motion detection, and easy installation. Works with Alexa, or just use the app.

This Amazon Smart Plug Lets You Control Lights From Anywhere

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Turn a lamp on or off from anywhere once you've plugged it into an Amazon Smart Plug. This is perfect for when you're out of town or running late. But my favorite use is to turn it on from the safety of my bed before I get up in the night!

This Straw Means You Always Have Access to Clean Water

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This little guy is lightweight and small, which makes it a great addition to your camping gear. If you find that you're low on water and need to use some from your campsite, this purifier will keep you healthy and safe. And having enough water when you're camping in the middle of nowhere? It's essential.

This Security Camera That You Can Pan, Tilt, or Zoom From Your Phone

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I like to keep tabs on my home while I'm out. Whether it's checking on the dog or making sure everything is safe, the easiest way to get peace of mind is with this affordable Security Camera. It works with Alexa if you want it to, and you can control the pan, tilt, and zoom from your phone. It's earned over 10,000 ratings on Amazon!

This Emergency Escape Tool Belongs in Every Car

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I watched a TV show recently where the car crashed and ended up in a lake. The character struggled to get out of her seatbelt and to open the car door. That scene was enough to send me searching for this Emergency Escape Tool, which can cut a seatbelt and crack a car's safety glass.

This Door/Window Alarm Installs Instantly

This Door/Window Alarm 6-pack is a great value for this category of product. No wires, no hassle! Just peel and stick these alarms to doors or windows for instant peace of mind. When the alarm is triggered, it makes a sound that can be heard up to 750 feet away.

This Motion Sensor Nightlight Is Portable and Rechargable

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I have a bunch of these Rechargeable Motion Sensor Nightlights in my house. No batteries! Just charge it up by USB once in a while (it lasts for months on one charge). There are two brightness settings, and it automatically turns off after 20 seconds.

This Care Go Personal Alarm Sends an SOS to Your Emergency Contacts

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I have a teenage daughter, so I've been researching personal alarms. The Care Go Personal Alarm is my top choice. It's a newer product with an important feature: it has its own self-contained GPS tracker and is Bluetooth enabled. When activated, it sends an emergency message to anyone you've designated, along with real-time information about the location of the device.

This Blink Outdoor Security Camera Sends Motion Detection Alerts to Your Phone

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The absolute worst feeling in the world is hearing a scary noise and not knowing what caused it. Cat or cat burglar? Branch or break-in? Next time I'll know because I'm investing in this Blink Outdoor Security Camera. It's weather-proof, lasts two years on the included batteries, and works with Alexa.

This Ring Indoor Cam Sets Up in Seconds

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I don't have the patience for a complicated home security system. That's why I'm a big fan of this plug-and-play Ring Indoor Cam, which is up and working in seconds. Just plug it in and hook up to wifi. Then, you can control it by app or connect it to Alexa devices.

This Wireless Door Chime Has 52 Sounds to Choose From

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This would have been SO HANDY when my kids were toddlers. Stick a Wireless Door Chime on any door and plug in the base in any outlet. When the door moves, a pleasant chime sounds! There are five levels of volume and 52 different sounds to choose from, from a classic "ding dong" to the birthday song!

This Mini Security Camera Is Just Two Inches Tall

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I like the idea of a security camera, but I don't want something clunky and scary looking. This Mini Security Camera is the perfect solution. It measures just two inches tall but packs in a lot of functions, including 1080 HD video, night vision, motion detection, and two-way audio. Works with Alexa, too!

This Driveway Alarm Comes With Two Weather-Proof Motion Detectors

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This Driveway Alarm is exactly what I need! It uses passive infrared sensors to detect heat and movement, calibrated to only sense vehicles, humans, or large animals. When motion is detected, the plug-in receiver lets you know through sound, flashing light, or both--your alerts are fully customizable.

This Smart Photo Doorbell Installs in Seconds

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Peel and stick, and your new Smart Photo Doorbell is ready for action! This is the highest-rated camera-doorbell at this price point, and people especially love it for apartments. It takes a photo and sends it to your phone when it detects motion.

This Portable Door Lock for Extra Security Anywhere

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A must-have for travel, this Portable Door Lock is a quick and effective way to make sure you're safe inside hotels, rentals, or dorm rooms. It works on nearly any door that's hinged and swings inward. It's earning thousands of 5-star reviews, with one customer writing, "It was tested when the maintenance man at my building showed up earlier than expected. He knocked, and before I could get to the door, he was already trying to open the door AND COULD NOT. This held, and he was really pushing."

This Panic Button Makes Customers Feel Safer

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Here's a product you hope you'll never need to use, but will pay for itself in peace of mind. Press and hold this Panic Button for three seconds to activate. It works as part of an entire Ring Alarm Security System that provides total protection for your home. It gets high marks from customers for making them feel safer.

This Door Stop Security Alarm Is Low-Priced and Easy to Use

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I get a better night's sleep when I feel safe. Shocker, right? But while traveling, it's not always easy to feel secure in a hotel room or rental. This Door Stop Security Alarm can help. It's affordable, simple to use, and emits a painfully loud shriek when activated.

This Smart Camera Lets You See up to 30 Feet in Total Darkness

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This is the most versatile Smart Camera at this price point, offering night vision, 2-way audio, and integration with either Alexa or Google Assistant. It's earned over 110,000 ratings on Amazon with a solid 4.5 out of 5 average score.

This Security Alarm Kit Is Perfect for Dorms or Apartments

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This Security Alarm Kit would be a very practical graduation gift! For one reasonable price, you get three handy devices that provide peace of mind. The door stop alarm, personal keychain alarm, and door/window sensor are all wireless and easy to use.

This Indoor Security Camera Has 2-Way Audio

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This Indoor Security Camera has tons of cool features, including 2-way audio, color night vision, face recognition, and more. The price is surprisingly low for such a feature-packed camera, with one 5-star review saying it's "a great camera for the price."

This Lock Locker Makes Deadbolts Extra Secure

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A deadbolt is a good starting point for home security, but the problem is that anyone with a copy of the key, a lock pick, or a "bump key" can still get in. Unless you have the Lock Locker! This device uses powerful magnets to hold the deadbolt still and prevent entry.

This Door Handle Alarm Sounds If Someone Touches the Doorknob Outside

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Sometimes the best solution is a simple one. This Door Handle Alarm is sensitive enough to be triggered if someone touches the knob on the other side of the door. It has an adjustable setting so it can sound a chime if you want a gentle notification or a piercing alarm if you're using it for safety.

This Fire Escape Ladder Belongs in Every 2-Story Home

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Be ready for a nightmare scenario with this Fire Escape Ladder. It measures a compact 6 X 16 X 8 inches, so it's easy to tuck under the bed or in a closet. If needed, it attaches to most types of windows and extends 13 feet.

These Plug-In Nightlights Are Motion-Triggered

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I have a bunch of these Plug-In Motion Sensor Nightlights, and they do exactly what I need them to. I appreciate having them in my hallway and bathroom at night. They make me feel safer for sure!

This Safe Sound Personal Alarm Can Be Heard up to 600 Feet Away

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For peace of mind, this Safe Sound Personal Alarm is an affordable necessity. It looks like a keychain with an LED flashlight, and in fact, you can use it for just that! But if you pull out the side pin, it emits a seriously loud alarm (push the pin back in to shut it off). One satisfied customer wrote this review: "I never thought that a day would come when this gadget would be so handy and useful to me and my husband. And that has proven me right today!" (You can read her entire story on the Amazon product page.)

This Security Bar Prevents Forced Entry on Sliding Doors

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My patio door is secured only with one flimsy lock, so I invested in this Security Bar for extra peace of mind. It adjusts from 28.5 to 45 inches in length. One five-star reviewer writes, "This helps me sleep at night."

This Self Defense Keychain Is Legal for Travel

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It looks like a colorful tchotchke, but this Self Defense Keychain is designed for safety. Made of plastic, it's safe to travel with, but it can be used as a weapon if needed. One 5-star reviewer writes, "I love knowing that this is on my keychain, just in case."

These Smart Door Sensors Have a Quarter-Mile Range

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Perfect for big houses, these Smart Door Sensors let you know what's happening at the other end of the house, including garage and basement doors that are too far away for other sensors to reach. The pack includes four sensors and a base unit.

These Smart Light Bulbs Let You Control Lights From Anywhere

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Turn lights on and off from anywhere with these Smart Light Bulbs. Turn lights on when you're out of town or working late, or just when you're too lazy to get out of bed! They're compatible with Alexa or Google Home, but you don't have to use a home assistant if you don't want to since they also work with an easy app.

This Echo Show Helps You Manage Security Cameras and Lights

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If you've been on the fence about trying a smart display, the safety features might convince you it's the right move. The Echo Show lets you access all the smart cameras and devices in your home so you can easily keep tabs on everything from one display.

This Solar-Powered Security Light That's Nice Looking Enough for the Front Porch

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I've been looking at a lot of security lights lately, and I'm here to tell you that most of them are pretty damn ugly. However, this Solar-Powered Security Light is a very welcome exception! Sold in a pack of two, these lights require no wires or batteries, and install in minutes with included hardware.

This Travel Door Alarm Emits a 91-Decibel Sound When Triggered

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When a door lock isn't enough to give you peace of mind, this Travel Door Alarm is a smart solution. The compact gadget weighs less than 2 ounces and includes a built-in LED flashlight. Hang it on a doorknob and slide the sensor into the crack of the door. If someone tries to enter, the alarm will sound to wake you up, alert neighbors, and scare away intruders.

This Ultra-Thin Window & Door Alarm Is Easy to Install

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Keep tabs on windows and doors with this Ultra-Thin Window & Door Alarm. Sold in packs of two, these alarms install in seconds with no wiring or hardware needed. When the door or window is opened, it emits a deafening alarm you can hear from far away.

This Doorknob Lock-Out Device Is a Must For Young Kids

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These doorknob covers give you major peace of mind. They slip over your doorknobs to keep little ones from opening or closing doors, and the child-proof design means adults can still easily operate the knobs when entering or exiting. This pack comes with four covers that fit a variety of knob styles.

This Door Jammer for Personal Security Anywhere

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Secure any door with the Door Jammer. It's compact and takes only seconds to install with no hardware or tools needed. It's easy to remove when you're ready. It's earning solid reviews on Amazon, with one satisfied customer wrote, "100% recommend for any women that travel alone or to new places often."

This Bestselling Security Light Is Solar Powered

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I have two of these security lights on my carport, and they work great! They're solar-powered, so they can be installed anywhere without worrying about electrical outlets or changing batteries. When they detect motion, they turn on and then turn off automatically after a short time. There's also a mode to turn them on and leave them on if desired.