10 Unique Home Security Tools – Great ideas


Some of these are fairly normal items. But others, well, I have always said that there is a very thin line between Genius and Insane. I have always considered myself a very creative problem solver, but I’ve got nothing on some of these guys. People come up with many crazy and creative solutions to complex problems, such as those in home security.

Dog Growling and Barking Audio

Guard Dog

You can buy a track of a barking and growling dog as mp3 or CD formats. Throw up a couple of beware of dog signs and set it to play on repeat and you will probably even keep solicitors away. No food to buy and no poop to clean up. Brilliant.

Personal Alarm

A personal alarm is the item that I recommend most for anyone that that is small or may lack the ability to effectively defend themselves in a physical confrontation against one or more attackers. A must have for kids that have to walk home alone.  There are different kinds. The best ones go off with a pull tab.

Security System Stickers or Signs

Signs that designate any common brand will make your home look less attractive to potential prowlers. If you do have a home security alarm system, I would post generically or a different brand, just to make it more confusing to attempt to bypass.

Fake Security CamerasSecurity Cameras

No aspiring thief wants to worry if his/her picture is being taken. Fake security cameras are inexpensive, come with blinking LED lights, and look very realistic. Or you could always upgrade to real ones that are available in a myriad of options.

Patio Door Security Bar

This is actually a very practical solution and looks a bit nicer than placing a wooden dowel in the tracks. An inexpensive and effective solution that I highly recommend. They had these installed on the patio doors in the rooms of a resort that I stayed at in Scottsdale, AZ.

Smoke Cloak

Literally, a smoke bomb for home security. Security fog that actually tags intruders with a unique DNA signature. It’s hard for bad guys to go shopping when they can’t see.

Mosquito Ultrasonic Projector

Designed to prevent loitering, the patented Mosquito is a small speaker that produces a high frequency sound much like the buzzing of the insect it’s named after. This high frequency is tuned to be heard by young people 13 to 25 years old.

The latest version has two different settings one for teenagers 13 – 25 years and one setting for all ages.

Tweeting Laser Tripwire

This is a genius little trap completely laid out in an instructables.com article. 


Tasers, Stun Guns, and Pepper Spray

Non-Lethal options that are effective at deterring or incapacitating an intruder. I recommend them over firearms for anyone that has not been trained in the safe handling and operation of firearms. Just the sound of a taser is a decent deterrent. I have been accidentally exposed to pepper spray in a second hand manner would definitely not want hit in the face with that stuff.

Maximus Security Light

Motion detection lights are great for home security, but this one really raises the bar. This Smart Security Light detects someone approaching your home, sends an alert in real time, and allows you to engage in a live conversation or sound an alarm from a phone app. The light can be turned on and off remotely, set to a schedule, or automatically run dusk-to-dawn or activated in response to motion as set from your phone. The video can be stored and is accessible from anywhere.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

There are hundreds of items that could be on this list. I have read about automated drones that are motion activated and even security robots that will mark thieves with paint balls. I have barely touched on most Smart home options, but undoubtedly will in an upcoming article. I think the point is don’t be afraid to get creative, but ultimately, it is about choosing what fits right for you and your lifestyle.





David DuVall


  1. Super cool ideas – I absolutely LOVE the dog growl/bark recording. I had a good old chuckle at quite a few of these home security ideas and think they’d be great for us now we’ve moved back to the big city.

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