Let your Webcam be your eyes and ears while you're away from home or the office. A simple Webcam costs about $20, if you don't already have one, and a good surveillance-software package can be downloaded for free or cheap.
We recommend NovoSun's free SurveillizCam Lite, which monitors your home and office by stably detecting motion and logging surveillance video into an AVI file with MPEG1 or MPEG4 codecs. Or you can upgrade to one of their paid packages which include sound recording, remote connection, Scheduled recordings, and recording up to 16 channels (webcams) simultaneously. You can download SurveillizCam Lite Here.