Black Friday is here and Christmas is right around the corner. For many this is a merry time for family and gift giving, but unfortunately it's also a time that sees an increase in break-ins and burglaries.

Fortunately, it's becoming easier than ever to keep your home safe thanks to security cameras and smart home security systems, many of which are on sale this week for Black Friday. Read on for the best deals on these devices.

The new Amazon Echo Dot delivers dramatically improved sound, making it an even better buy for an entry-level Alexa speaker. It's now just $22 on Amazon, down from $49.99.

With 4K HDR, Amazon Alexa, and very peppy performance, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the best media streamer you can buy for under $50. On Black Friday, it's now half that; nab it for just $24.99.

For a limited time, Amazon is offering a free Echo Show 5 with the purchase of select Ring devices. This combination gives you some much needed security at your front door and a smart home device with numerous features, including the ability to display video content from your new Ring device.

The Arlo Pro 2 outdoor security camera system is completely wireless, works well with other smart home devices, and offers stunning 1080p video with free cloud and local storage options for event-triggered video. Get a four-camera setup for $399.99 at Amazon, down from $650.

Currently Amazon is offering free Echo Dot smart speakers with the purchase of a multi-piece Ring Alarm security kit. The smallest of these kits has five devices (base station, keypad, a contact sensor, motion detector and a range extender). The larger 8-piece and 14-piece kits are essentially the same but with additional contact sensors and motion detectors to help cover a larger home.

The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat has all the smarts of its predecessors and adds some new features including a larger display, geofencing support, a furnace monitor, and a few more sensors. Get it for $179, down from $249.

Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a life-long tech enthusiast and gamer. He began breaking down PCs and ancient video devices known as "VCRs" at the age of 10. When he isn't gaming or tearing apart gadgets to learn how they work, he can usually be found reading history. He's also a student of the Chinese language and has a first-degree black belt in T... See Full Bio

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