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I am the social media manager for Strand Security Systems in Myrtle Beach SC and Maryland. At Strand Security we strive to educate home owners and business owners on how to best protect their loved ones as well as their business assets. Your security is our business!

Should I Evacuate With The Next Hurricane?

Should I evacuate with the next Hurricane?

Should You Evacuate When the Next Hurricane Heads Your Way?

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1, 2018, till November 30, 2018. A lot can happen in those months and we are sure to see storm activity in the ocean soon enough.

If you are new to South Carolina, or the South Carolina coast, you might not have experienced a hurricane season before now.

You might ask yourself ‘Should I evacuate with the next hurricane?’

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The answer might surprise you!

How To Decide Whether To Evacuate For A Hurricane

There are several factors involved in whether you should evacuate for a hurricane.

Here are the most important factors you need to decide whether to stay and ride out the next storm, or whether you should evacuate.

  • What your local authorities are mandating or recommending you do. Each storm will be different.
  • Category of the named storm.
  • The path of the storm.
  • What type of home you live in.
  • How close you are to the ocean – if you are in a flood zone, you’ll be asked to evacuate sooner than someone who lives inland.
  • How many dependents you have, if any, and how young, or old, they are.
  • Whether you are able-bodied or if you rely on medical devices run on electricity to keep you healthy.
  • Your personal experience riding out a storm at home.
  • Transportation to evacuate.
  • Money for evacuation to a hotel, or supplies to head to a shelter.

It’s a personal decision whether to evacuate or stay during any storm and therefore you will be personally responsible for your actions, either way!

Sheltering at Home or at a Hurricane Shelter During a Hurricane

If you’ve ever ridden out a storm at home, you know how scary that can be! You don’t know what can and will happen!

You have to be prepared for the worst …

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…and hope for the best!

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If you do head to a shelter, make sure to bring the appropriate supplies.

You should bring at least a 3 day supply of the following:

  • Food & Water – Bring snacks, bottled water and non-perishable canned or packaged food.
  • Medications – Bring prescriptions, glasses and contacts and durable medical equipment.
  • Clothing- Bring a complete change of clothes and footwear.
  • Bedding – This include blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Hygiene Items – Bring sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste and sanitary items.
  • Important Papers – This includes ID, proof of residency and insurance papers.
  • Cash – This is just in case your debit or credit card is not working.
  • Entertainment Items -This includes puzzles, toys for children and reading material.
  • Miscellaneous – Battery-powered radio, First-Aid Kit, flashlight, Cash

How To Prepare Your Home for the Next Storm!

The very best way to prepare for the next storm is to start now before there is a named storm in the Atlantic Ocean headed to South Carolina!

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The 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners

2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide


Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

Do You Really Need a Generator During a Hurricane?

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Hurricane Season is Coming, Do You Have A Generator?

If you live on the east coast, you know all about hurricanes. Myrtle Beach and South Carolina residents certainly have experience dealing with hurricanes!

You might have lived through one recently.

Are you prepared? Do you feel ready to tackle yet another Atlantic Hurricane Season? Last time a hurricane came to your state and town, did your home lose power? Did you have a generator or did you muddle through?

Today, we look at why you really need a generator if you want to stay safe during the next hurricane!

What Does a Generator Do When The Power Goes Out?

In case of a power outage, your generator can take over important tasks in your home, especially now that many of us live in Smart homes and almost everything we do runs on electricity!

Here are some of the important devices in and around your home that run on, or use, electricity!

Think about your

  • fridge
  • freezer
  • stove
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • lights
  • locks
  • electronic devices
  • garage door
  • pool system

For those of you with small kids

  • baby monitors
  • TV
  • food blender
  • bottle warmer

For those of you who are elderly or live with the elderly

There is one other system that runs on electricity and that is your home security system!

Who Should Purchase a Generator for Hurricane Season?

This question seems to come up year after year; who should purchase a generator for hurricane season?

Here is our take on this!

  • Anyone who lives in a known hurricane zone
  • Someone who prefers to ‘ride out’ a storm vs voluntary evacuation
  • Those who have pets
  • People who are elderly
  • Families with babies and small children
  • Farmers, and those who live in a remote area

We highly recommend you do your due diligence and check out your options to purchase a generator. We highly recommend you purchase a generator BEFORE hurricane season begins in full-force as the supply will dwindle quickly as soon as there’s a named storm in the Atlantic Ocean.


Click HERE to check out our Visual Hurricane Prep Guide


How Does a Generator Keep You Safe?

Having a generator allows you to keep your security system activated!

Here is what Chuck Bryant of Strand Security has to say:

You can prepare for extended power outages (especially in coastal areas) by doing the following;

  • Connect the power circuit that powers your alarm panel to a generator.
  • Make sure you have a spare battery on hand. Power outages can certainly exceed the life of an existing battery.
  • Call your security company today to get your ‘back up’ alarm panel battery. Do not delay. As soon as a storm is named, these batteries, like all generators and all other hurricane supplies, will be in high demand.
  • If you have to evacuate, relay this information to your security company.
  • Monitor your assets from your smartphone and/or tablet while away.

Safety and security go hand-in-hand during a storm! Don’t delay, prepare your home today for hurricane season!

When Should You Purchase Your Generator?

You should purchase a generator when you start preparing for the next hurricane season. 

We recently published a beautiful hurricane guide for homeowners to help you get ready.

Download your FREE COPY today!


2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide


Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

Can Cheap Security Systems Protect Me in an Emergency?

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If You Can’t Afford the Best Security System, Get What You Can Afford!

The question of whether cheap security systems can protect you in an emergency is a simple one.
The answer is ‘Yes, cheap security systems CAN protect you in an emergency, however…’

As always, there’s a caveat to such a question.

The ‘however‘ is what this article will focus on. Please read on.

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Last As Long

The problem with cheaply made products is that they are… well… cheap!

  • The materials used in cheap security systems is most likely not of the same grade as the more expensive units.
  • Corners will be cut with regards to research and testing cheaper units.

In other words, cheap security systems might not last as long and replacement costs can thus drive up your total cost.

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Always Integrate Well With Existing Hardware

If you are in the market for an upgrade and you want to go cheap, be forewarned that cheap systems often don’t integrate well with older systems or any system for that matter. Meaning, you might have to fork over more money because you might not be able to reuse existing hardware. Again, in the end, this will drive up the final cost.

Cheap Security Systems Might Break or Malfunction More Easily

Cheaply made does not always have to mean lesser quality.

When it does, however, and when cheap translates into broken or malfunctioning systems requiring maintenance, this, of course, comes at a cost.

As much as we like you, our customer, we really don’t want to come see you every month because of issues with a cheap security system. We much rather spend our time helping (new) customers set up new systems that will last a long, long time!

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Come with Good Warranties

When a system breaks to no fault of yours, warranties will allow for replacement units. That is, as long as you didn’t pick the cheapest security system without such warranty. In that case, you will be responsible for replacing units and again, cheap becomes expensive when you have these unexpected additional costs associated with your security system.


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Strand Security Offers Honeywell Total Connect Systems!

We work with many different brands and we stand behind every piece of equipment we install.

Have you checked out the Honeywell Total Connect systems and mobile apps?

We believe everyone can afford a security system; let us work within your budget!

What Cheap Security Systems Can Do!

If the security system is new and has been installed by a reputable dealer, even cheap security systems will

  • notify you of intruders
  • alarm when a fire breaks out
  • alert you to Carbon Monoxide poisoning

If you have a monitoring company like C.O.P.S. to keep you safe, you are in even better hands!

We invite you to give us a call to see how we may help you with the selection of the right security system for you and your budget!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

How To Select The Best Door Alarm To Keep My Assets Safe

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Most Break-ins Happen Through Unlocked Doors!

Did you know that?

Most break-ins happen through unlocked doors and happen during the daytime hours of 10 AM – 2 PM.

Yes, that’s right! Daytime break-ins happen more than at any other time day or night, with easy access, because people don’t use their locks. We make it really easy for thieves to have access to our valuables this way.

We can do better than that, can’t we?

Let’s start with something you can do right now that will make it just a bit harder for someone to break into your home.

Make It A Habit To Always Lock Doors Behind You

Sounds simple enough, but it is a habit you need to create by doing it each and every time.

Start off by reading about evening routines to keep your family and your assets safe. You can apply some of these same principles to a daytime routine when you leave your home to go to work, to go shopping or even just going for a walk with your dog. Don’t ever assume that thieves come during the night in a black mask. Often, they come during the day, they might greet your neighbors and walk out with your valuables without anyone suspecting what they are doing.

Locking your doors is the first step.

So what is step two to prevent break-ins?

Research The Best Door Alarm To Purchase

Can we assume you always do due diligence on new purchases like homes, cars, refrigerators, and HVAC systems? You need to do due diligence on door alarms the same way.

This includes learning more about door alarms before talking to a dealer about purchasing a system.

Consider

  • price point/budget
  • size of your home
  • number of access doors and windows
  • stories of your home
  • current technology in your home
  • remote access

Once you have this information on a list, then pick up the phone and call your nearest local security dealer at 843-318-6392

Your Security Company Can Tell You More About What Brands They Prefer

Each security dealership has preferred vendors and brands they work with.

The best door alarms are those your security company uses the most, and those they trust to keep their customers and their family safe.

Why don’t you ask this:

“What door alarm do you have installed in your home?”

This should give you an answer to the question; ‘what is the best door alarm to keep my family safe?’

Go ahead and ask us today.

Then once you have a system installed, make it a habit to active your system whenever you leave your home! 

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

Are You in Search of The Best Burglar System Money Can Buy?

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Does Your Home Have a Burglar System?

If you have any sort of burglar system, congrats. We hope you did your research before purchasing and that you are happy with the system you picked and the provider you currently have. Have you had an emergency yet? How good was the customer service provided and how was the response time?

If you do not currently have any sort of system in your home, we assume you might want to know how to get the best burglar system money can buy!

Does Your Business Have a Burglar System?

If you own a business like us, you understand the value of preventing crime.

Employee theft, workplace accidents, vandalism, workplace invasion; each of these come with a heavy price tag.

Having a solid burglar system in place at your business location can help prevent and deter crime. A system with cameras can also help you determine cause, and guilt, of crimes.

If you do not currently have any sort of system at your place of business, we assume you might want to know how to get the best burglar system money can buy!


Here are several points to consider before buying any kind of security burglar system.

Do your Due Diligence and Research Burglar System Options First!

Why do you need a burglar alarm system?

Have you

  • recently purchased a new home?
  • moved into a new home?
  • made a state-to-state move?
  • switched neighborhoods?
  • been the victim of a crime?
  • read about the increase in crime in your town?
  • started a business?
  • taken over an existing business location?
  • recently dealt with employee theft?

Most often, something ‘triggers’ a homeowner or business owner to start looking for the best burglar system available.

The journey to select starts with solid research on what is available in your location.

Decide How Much Money You Can Spend on the Best Burglar System Money Can Buy

‘The best burglar alarm system your money can buy’ can mean many things.

When thinking about a budget think about the following cost; both now and in the future.

  • equipment
  • monthly monitoring
  • installation
  • equipment replacement
  • add-ons
  • smart home technology

Remember this:

The most basic burglar system will still deter a would-be burglar.

A fancy, automated system will make it easier for you to operate the system.

Will You Want Home Automation and Add Smart Technolgy in Your Home?

If you are going to be spending money on a burglar system, this is a great time to check out your smart home options!

These systems can and do work together.

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Talk to your trusted security company about these options BEFORE deciding on a burglar system.

Is the Track Record of the Remote Monitoring Company Important to You?

Last but not least, we want you to remember that you get what you pay for.

You could have the best equipment, the latest technology, and the nicest customer service rep, but if the response time of the monitoring company is not good, you could still be left ‘in a pickle’ when an emergency happens to you or your family!

We at Strand Security pride ourselves on working with the best in the industry!
Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

 

 

5 Powerful Runner Safety Tips to Keep You Safe on the Roads

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Do You Love Running?

If you’ve never thought about running, or you are a new runner, we encourage you to try it.

Besides it being fun, there are many health benefits of running.

All Runners Need To Be Careful on the Roads

Have you ever thought about your personal safety when running?

Chances are you have only thought about danger once something has unexpectedly gone wrong.

This article is here to help prevent accidents and help you avoid dangers situations. A forewarned person is a forearmed person!

Everyone who goes out for a run will want to read these runner safety tips.

Whether you

  • are male or female
  • live in the city or suburbia
  • are young or old
  • run on familiar or new roads
  • are new to running or an old ‘pro’
  • run in the morning, during the day or at night

Danger is everywhere!

Here are the 5 most powerful runner safety tips to keep you safe on the roads.

1) The Buddy System; Don’t Run Alone

Don’t run alone if you can help it!

This is especially true for those who run

  • at night
  • in the dark
  • on trails
  • in isolated areas

There is runner safety in numbers.

Together, you deter a potential physical attack. Running with a buddy guarantees an instant helper in case there is a running accident or injury.

2) Share Your Training Plan & Route

Prior to each run, let someone know

  • distance
  • location
  • time

of your run.

In addition, share where you will park and with whom you’ll be running. Better yet, have a buddy system check-in after your run, so if you do not return from a scheduled run, someone will know to alert authorities.

This can be done through an app like the Glympse App or via text message with a parent, friend, spouse, sibling or grown child.

3) Carry A Weapon

We aren’t advocating you carry a gun while running. Instead, we suggest you carry something with you that can be used as a weapon!

You could carry pepper spray and your Smartphone, as both can be used as a weapon, of sorts.

Find additional weapon ideas, including rings, claws, lights, sprays in this article by Active.com

4) Be Visible

The danger to personal safety can also come in darkness. To make sure you are visible, wear reflective clothing or accessories, lights and always, always assume the cars do not see you – be aware and get out of the way when needed.

5) Listen To Your Body

Last but not least, you need to listen to your body to keep yourself safe.

This includes knowing when to stop running in extreme weather – in the heat here in South Carolina, or in the cold and snow up north! If it hurts, stop. If you exhaust yourself  – if you run past the danger zone of heatstroke and frostbite, just to name two dangers, you could do permanent damage or even go into cardiac arrest.


Did you know Strand Security has a self-defense division and that we offer classes to the public?

Check us out on the website, or join us on Facebook! 


To learn more about personal safety and why ANYONE should take a self-defense class, read these past articles!

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How to teach children self-defense and why they need it.

3 Self-defense moves you need to know.

Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

13 Simple self-defense tips that could save your life.

7 People in your life who need to know self-defense

How to protect yourself in case of attack

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How To Get The Best Theater Room Money Can Buy

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Are you in the market for a new home theater? Do you want the best theater room money can buy? Look no further. We have the answers you need, want and have been looking for!

Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area services both Horry County and Georgetown County and we specialize in customized home theater rooms. Before you give Chuck a call at 843-318-6392 to set up a consult about your needs and wants, you need to know several things!

Here are the 5 steps you need to take to get the best home theater room money can buy!

1) Do Theater Room Design Research

Before you call us, or anyone, you need to have some ideas of the possibilities!
Ask your friends, go online, visit Houzz and Pinterest and use Google to find some neat ideas.

2) Complete Brand Research for your Theater Room

Next, do your brand research.

What brands do you trust, what do you like, what does each brand offer.

A good way to go about that is to check brand warranties and online reviews!

3) Take Stock of Reusable Furniture and Equipment

What do you already own in your home, that you will want in your home theater?

Is it seating, speakers, a large TV or surround sound system, or are you starting from scratch?

4) Take Measurements of the Future Theater Room

If you have your room ready to go, this is the right time take careful measurements. The size of the room will dictate the type of sound system you will need, the size and placement of your furniture and more. Make sure to note everything on paper, including the number of outlets, windows etc.

5) Set a Budget for Your New Theater Room

It’s important to set a budget for your home theater room. You’d be wasting a lot of time looking at brands and equipment if your budget is too small to afford it. If you don’t know what type of budget you need, make that your top priority question when you call a home theater expert!

Best to get that out of the way to make things clear – your budget should include line items for furniture, technical equipment, and installation fees.

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Now It Is Time To Call Your Local Home Theater Expert for Quotes

Now that you’ve got your 5 steps taken care off, it is time to call your local home theater expert!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

3 of the Most Common Mistakes People Make With Do It Yourself Home Security

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 Have You Ever Attempted to Install Your Own Home Security System?

We get that you want to save money. Life is expensive. Life with a family is expensive.

Just for a minute, consider the consequences of a home security install disaster.

Go ahead!Consider them.

Your family’s safety and security should be your number one priority. There are certain things you can cut corners on, and yes, saving money feels good! Let us be the first to tell you, cheap is not always the best value!

 Do it yourself home security almost always 

….starts with over-confidence.

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Quickly turns into a frustrating project.

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…and can be an utter and total fiasco and failure!

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As we don’t want that to happen to you and yours, here are some Do It Yourself Home Security Fails you can learn from!

You are welcome!

Do It Yourself Home Security Fail #1: Thinking You Know What Equipment You Need

The experts have seen hundreds, maybe thousands of homes and businesses and have installed countless security systems. An expert understands what each location needs and what is unique about that home or business. They check and measure the distance to exits, current lighting, ask about habits, potential users of the system and many more questions. When an expert comes to you for a consult, they take everything into consideration before deciding what equipment you need. You, on the other hand, might be lured by price points, sales at the local hardware store or by what your 80-year-old neighbor installed in his much larger, or smaller, home.

Security is not one-size-fits-all.

Therefore, ask a security expert to help you pick the exact equipment you need to secure your home and keep your family safe!

Do It Yourself Home Security Fail #2: Thinking You Know How To Wire New Equipment Correctly

Another mistake frequently people make is that they underestimate the time and knowledge it takes to install a new system correctly. Even if you’ve wired lights before, installing a security system is different.

It is only your family’s safety and security that depends on you installing a new system correctly.

Ask yourself: “Am I 100% sure I know what I am doing?”

If you can not answer that question affirmatively, it’s time to outsource this skill to an expert!

Do It Yourself Home Security Fail #3: Thinking You Know How To Integrate New and Old Equipment and Pair it With Your Smarthome.

There are tons of commercials enticing you to buy add-ons to your current system. There are even more YouTube videos available to watch and learn from. DIY videos are one of the most watched genres of videos on YouTube.

Caution ahead.

Old and New Equipment Don’t Often Integrate Well. Ask an Expert to Make Sure It Can Be Done Safely and Securely.

Just because you watched a video, that does not make you an expert.

Just because your friend is helping you install some new features, does not make you both security system installers.

Just because you think you can, does not mean you can!

A ‘Do It Yourself Home Security Fail’ Often Results In Higher Overall Security Cost

If you tired and failed to be the do-it-yourself home security installer, it is time to call in the expert.

Often, experts only work with the best systems and the best brands, something many DIY installers don’t consider. That might make your ‘deal’ on the hardware from the local hardware store, not such a good deal afterall because if you can’t use the equipment and you can’t return it, you will end up paying double, never mind the wasted time you’ll never get back!

We hope your home is safe and secure!
Let us know if disaster struck and you need us, we are only one phone call away!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

Will You Need Expert Help With Home Theater Setup?

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Are You In The Market For A Home Theater?

Are you looking to add a home theater to your home this year?

Are you exploring your options for a home theater and you aren’t’ sure where to start?

You’ve come to the right place.

We are Strand Security and we not only specialize in residential and commercial security systems, we also design and install home theaters all along the Grand Strand, both in Horry County and Georgetown County.

If you are considering whether you can DIY or whether you need expert advice for your home theater setup, this is also the place to find out.

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Know All Home Theater Options Available To You

The fact that you are considering adding a home theater, or upgrading an existing home theater, means that you most likely have experienced the fun and incredible experience of home entertainment.

Before you decide on what you want, you need to know what options are available to you!

The best place to start is with research! 

There are many great places to start your research. Here are some options:

Know What You Want in a Home Theater Setup!

What is your prefered order of ‘wants’ in a home theater?

Put these in order of most importance to you first, and then get started with planning.

Know What Type of Home Theater Your Home Can Handle

You might want, want, want, but what can your home handle? How big is the space you are planning to add this home theater?

It is very important to take good measurements and to draw up a plan. Creating a design blueprint is a great idea. There are apps you can download that will help you do this on your phone so that you can visualize where what your room will look like and where the seating and equipment will be placed.

The most important thing to consider in all this home theater planning is this:

Know Your Technical Capabilities for Home Theater Setup

If you have never setup a home theater, a Smart TV, lighting, surround sound, a computer system or anything of this sort, setting up a home theater is going to do nothing for you but give you a big headache.

We suggested hiring an expert for your home theater setup and design.

It’s what they do all day long and what they are good at! This home theater installer will be aware of the latest technology, where to get the best pricing on the best equipment and how to install and program the whole system so it works the first time you want to use it!


Give Strand Security a call today to discuss your home theater questions!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

How To Find the Best Home Security Deals

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You Want The Best Home Security Your Money Can Buy, Right?

Of course, you do! Who wouldn’t want to check out the best home security deals in town?

We at Strand Security understand that, like us, you work hard for your money and you need to stretch that income as far as you can. You need a deal! The best deal! You need to find the best home security deals your hard-earned money can buy.

Where do you start?

We’ve compiled a list of places for you to look for the best home security deals – check it out!

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Ask Your Neighbors for Security Company Recommendations

Ask your direct neighbors which security company they use, for sure, but next time you talk a walk with Fido, go for a run, or drive your car home from the grocery store, pay attention to the little signs in your neighbor’s yards!

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Ask your Local Friends for the Best Home Security Deals

Are you on Facebook? Do some crowdsourcing and ask your local friends via Facebook to recommend a local security company.
Do you have friends who live in a different neighborhood? Ask them who they use.
If any of your friends own a business, ask them what local security company they use.

Do a Google Search for the Best Home Security Deals

Google is your friend! Do a simple Google search for ‘best home security deals’ or ‘home security company’ or something similar. Compile a list of companies who serve your location. Be aware that those who run Google ads will be listed first. Just because they pay to market doesn’t make them the best fit for your needs. Check beyond the first few and compile a list of at least five choices. Next, check to see if any of these companies have (positive) Google reviews.

Check Web Presence of Local Security Companies

Once you have a list of local security companies, we suggest checking out their web presence. Look for an ‘about’ page, location map, brands they use, a blog (like this one) and pictures and/or videos. If you can’t find a website, skip them.

Check Social Media Presence of Local Security Companies

While on the website, click through to their social media channels. Look for a Facebook Page to start and see if they have any (positive) Facebook reviews. Check to see if it is active, what is posted and when they last posted and maybe send a message to the page to check response time. Online customer service should be expected, not be the exception.

Check with your Local Chamber for Local Security Companies

Once you have your list, cross-reference your list with the local chamber. Locally owned companies are most likely active in the community and active with the local chamber. This should not be a dealbreaker by any means. However, we think you should give those who are members an extra gold star. 😉

Select and Call Local Security Companies

Now that you are pretty certain you have a solid list of local security companies, call each and everyone to find the best home security deal.
Pay attention to the following when placing a call.

  • phone etiquette
  • call return time
  • overall customer service
  • friendliness
  • quality of information
  • the quantity of information

“If someone doesn’t treat each and every potential customer with respect, that same person will not treat a customer with respect either.”

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