Protect your house with affordable high-tech monitoring devices

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Protect your home with these monitoring devices

Heading off on your holidays soon? From checking emails abroad, to worrying about leaving the front door unlocked, a new survey from Nest Labs reveals that concerns about life back home are stopping British travellers from making the most of their time off.

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To help give you a little more peace of mind, we tracked down the top home security accessories on the high street right now to make sure you get the most relaxing holiday possible, from the likes of Argos,Currys and John Lewis.

NETATMO Welcome Home Camera with Face Recognition, £129.98 (was £199.99)

Face recognition and a 130 degree field of view means that you can be sure to capture your sneaky suspect on this device.

It will notify you about unrecognised guests thanks to its high-tech face recognition technology, as well as detecting smoke, fire and burglar intrusions.

Get it from Groupon.

Nest outdoor security camera, £179

The Nest cam works by looking for motion and if something doesn't look quite right, it instantly sends an activity alert to your phone. You can zoom in, and talk back to people via the Nest app, for example if someone arrives at the door.

Night Vision LED sensors mean that you can see just as well in all types of light, and there's a three hour events history on it too.

Get it from John Lewis here.

NETATMO Presence Outdoor Security Camera with Light, £249.99

Wirelessly connecting to your smartphone, its light can be set to switch on when it detects movement to deter intruders, or to help you yourself find your way in the dark.

Using infra-red night vision when the light is not operating, you can get real-time reports about events going on around your property, to see if a person is loitering by your home, a car enters your driveway or an animal is in the garden.

Get it from Currys here.

Motorola Focus 66B home security camera, £39.99

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If you're after a budget gadget that does that job, the Motorola focus might be the product for you.

Also using cloud technology and also letting you zoom in on certain details, you can take snapshots of anything you deem suspicious - or just your pets being cute.

Get it from Currys here.

Samsung SmartThings Multi Sensor, £29.99

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According to Nest's survey, 84% of Brits confessing to being worried about leaving an electrical appliance plugged in or doors and windows open.

This handy gadget lets you check with your smartphone whether you left your windows or doors open, no matter how far away you are from your house.

Get it from Currys here.

Panasonic Home Safety Starter Kit, £129.95

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If you want to go all out, Panasonic have released a full starter kit which keeps you covered on three different bases.

The smart hub sits at the home of the system, communicating over a 300 metre range and is able to be supported by microSD cards to record huge stores of footage.

Motion sensors detect intruders and can activate alarms, sirens or switch on a light, while the door and window sensors focus specifically on entry points into the house.

Once you've got your main hub, you can also add extra bits of equipment on to it, for example this Panasonic Smart Home Indoor Water Leak sensor, £39.95

Get it from John Lewis here.

MOTOROLA Focus 73 Connect HD WiFi Home Security Camera , £104.99 (was £129.99)

A a 270 degree view means that you get maximum coverage from your home monitoring system, with the cloud-based camera also working well under very low light conditions, thanks to its infrared technology.

Made for outdoor use, this camera can be sure to withstand both burglars and the weather.

Get it from Currys here.

Hive Motion Sensor, £29

Using clever infrared technology to detect motion in your home, one of the biggest benefits of the sensor - despite its low price, is the fact its incredibly easy to install. Just place the Hive device a surface or use the self-adhesive tape to attach to the corner of the wall.

Using the free Hive smartphone app, you can choose whether or not to receive alerts or turn them off when you know you'll be at home.

Get it from Argos here.

Guardzilla All-In-One Video Security System, £59.99

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As well as a high quality infrared IP camera, powerful 100dB siren and two way audio that lets you speak back to the room you're watching, Guardzilla's most striking feature is perhaps its ability to understand normal home life.

Its motion detection is pet friendly, which means it can be set to ignore your pets but still go off when there are intruders.

Get it from Argos here.

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