Smart Home Security Ideas When You're On Vacation
According to Forbes, 75% of homes will be broken into within the next 20 years, no matter where you live or how safe you think your neighborhood is. This is why now is the best time to invest in a Smart Home Security system that can keep you, your family, and your home protected - especially while you’re away.
Before setting up your home with Smart tech from BAZZ, make sure you cover the basics. Don’t leave notes for delivery people on the door, and get someone to pick up your mail. If you’ll be gone for a while, it’s a good idea to hire someone to mow your lawn or take out your garbage cans. This in combination with a Smart Home Security setup will ensure you’re one of the lucky few who avoids a break-in - and if one happens, you’ll catch the perpetrator on tape.
Budget Friendly Monitoring
BAZZ offers many options for home monitoring that don’t break the bank. Installing a low-cost but efficient motion-sensing camera will make you aware of who comes and goes, as well as allowing you to communicate with (or scare off!) any visitors. BAZZ also offers Smart WiFi indoor/outdoor camera kits so you can monitor all angles.
The BAZZ Siren Alarm is sure to ward off any unwanted visitors, and the Smart WiFi Door Contact Sensor will let you know exactly what’s going on in front of your home. If you’re worried about natural disasters or internal issues in separate areas of your house, check our BAZZ’S selection of garage security kits and water leak sensors.
Get Smart With Your Plugs & Outlets
For under $70, you can invest in programmable Wi-Fi plugs that will be an essential part of your Smart Home solution. Featuring compatibility with most light fixtures, these plugs will be perfect for powering any room in your home. There is no hub required so they truly are “plug and play”. Using the free BAZZ Smart Home app with this plug means you can control the lights in any room right from your device.
Having a smart plug means you can connect it to your lights to simulate an occupied home, warding off thieves and threats. You can even customize every BAZZ product to your lighting routine, ensuring that, from the outside, it looks like you never left. Worried about energy bills? Turn off any lights you forgot about from your phone - whether you’re in the airport or across the world.
Be Aware of Unwanted Visitors
Indoor/outdoor cameras, along with Smart doorbells video cameras, do a fantastic job at dissuading potential intruders and keeping you up-to-date with who is coming and going. Set up the Smart WiFi Doorbell (with camera) easily and enjoy full front door monitoring while also being able to interact with your guests via the two-way voice function.
The BAZZ Smart Video Doorbell lets you see, hear, and speak to visitors, whether you're home or away. Communicate with visitors from your living room couch or holiday sun lounger using two-way audio and crystal-clear 1080p HD video. Tell delivery persons where to leave packages, receive alerts when guests arrive, and ward off intruders looking for an unsuspecting home.
The real-time mobile notifications when motion is detected make it seem like you’re home even when you're not. Simply mount the doorbell, connect it to the existing wiring, download the BAZZ Smart Home app (iOS and Android), and enjoy complete control.
Ensure Doors and Windows Stay Closed
Making it look like you’re still at home by staying consistent with your lighting routine and closing doors and windows is integral to warding off potential robbers. You can even turn on music or a movie to make it seem like your house is occupied if you spy a threat on your Home Monitoring System. One extra step you can take that could be the difference between peace of mind and coming home to a break-in is the Smart WiFi Door Contact Sensor.
The BAZZ WiFi Contact Sensor easily attaches to doors and windows to secure your home’s first line of defense. The innovative sensor sends mobile alerts when an entry point is left open, shut, or opened when it shouldn’t be - perfect for doors and windows not covered by a security camera. Be the first to know when you have an unwanted visitor, keep track of your children’s whereabouts, and see if you left entry points open.
The sensor is completely plug-and-play, with no hub required. Simply download the free BAZZ Smart Home app and connect with other smart home devices to activate lights or alarms when the sensor is triggered.
Protect Your Home Against Flooding
The BAZZ Water Leak Sensor offers reliable monitoring, keeping your home protected from expensive and severe water damage. Returning home to a flooded bathroom or basement can be financially devastating, but with a water leak sensor, you can prevent small problems from escalating into costly ones. Sometimes a disaster from inside your house can be just as scary as an intruder from outside.
Place the water leak sensor - fitted with a sensitive probe - near a washing machine, in the basement, or anywhere you feel the need to monitor. When a leak is detected, the device will siren an alarm and send a mobile notification so you can spring into action before it’s too late. Contact a neighbor or your plumber - anyone with spare keys - to fix the issue so you can come home to a dry, well-running house.
The BAZZ Water Leak Sensor uses your existing WiFi network, with no hub or bridge required. Download the BAZZ Smart Home app (iOS and Android) to monitor battery life, receive live alerts, and create automated scenes with other BAZZ Smart Home products.
Keep Your Lighting Routine
As mentioned, maintaining your lighting routine while away can make it look as if you are still home and is a great deterrent for thieves. You can control your lights, music, and videos all from your phone to give the illusion that your house is fully occupied and not to be messed with. BAZZ LED Smart Bulbs, recessed lighting, and strip lights can all be controlled conveniently from your phone.
Adjust brightness, create schedules, add colorful effects, and control bulbs through your smartphone or smart assistant (Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa). It all sounds magical, but it’s actually pretty simple. Smart bulbs connect to your WiFi, through which other devices, such as your tablet or smartphone, can communicate all your demands.
Have your lighting behave as if you're home, even when you’re halfway across the world! Create light sequences when your house is empty to ward off any unwanted visitors with BAZZ Smart Home Lighting.
In addition to all of these Smart Home tips, it is important to remember preventative measures you can take before and during your vacation to keep your home and your family safe. These steps can include:
- Making it look like you’re home when you’re not.
- Pause all deliveries to your home.
- Have someone collect your mail if it cannot be paused.
- Have a trusted friend or family member check up on your house regularly.
- Maintain your lawn, garbage, and any other scheduled necessities you wouldn’t normally forget.
- Lock all doors, garages, and windows.
- Keep your valuables away from windows and lights so they are out of sight.
- Don’t hide spare keys outside.
- Share your trip on social media after you’ve arrived back home.
These tips, combined with your BAZZ Smart Home Security system, are the best measures you can take to ensure your home, and your family, are always safe and protected.
Make Your Home The Smartest On The Block With BAZZ
BAZZ’S wide array of products will allow you to protect your family, home, and yourself with a highly customizable Smart Home Security setup, giving you peace of mind whether you’re on vacation or just making a quick trip to the grocery store. All BAZZ products can be seamlessly used and controlled from the BAZZ Smart Home App and do not need a hub.
Through just one app you’ll be able to adjust lighting, see who’s at your front door, talk to visitors, and protect your home against flooding. Make your home the smartest on the block with BAZZ Smart Home, and check out our guide to home automation.