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How to thwart thieves, no pricey security system required

Cheapism Logo By Saundra Latham of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 21: An alarm system is a great way to deter burglars, but also a big investment. On average, alarms cost more than $700 to install, Angie's List members say. Monitoring tacks on an average of $32 a month, according to the security-system review site SafeWise. If you don't have that kind of cash to spare, don't worry: There are plenty of ways to protect a home — as well as cars and even your identity — from would-be thieves without overspending.Related: 10 Ways to Protect Your Identity and Data Online

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An alarm system is a great way to deter burglars, but also a big investment. On average, alarms cost more than $700 to install, Angie's List members say. Monitoring tacks on an average of $32 a month, according to the security-system review site SafeWise. If you don't have that kind of cash to spare, don't worry: There are plenty of ways to protect a home — as well as cars and even your identity — from would-be thieves without overspending.

Related: 10 Ways to Protect Your Identity and Data Online

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