We’ve been busy here at Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area, not just with installing new home security systems and home automation features, but also with writing this blog and several of the articles we’ve been writing lately are about home automation. The Grand Strand area is growing rapidly and new homes, new neighborhoods, new businesses and new roads are being build at incredible speed!
It’s a popular topic to write about as it’s a growing trend among home owners!
People like you want the right information to make the right decision about their home before they invest time and money into home automation. Believe us when we say ‘we get it’!
Want to know more about home automation and what home automation can do for you, here are some of the most recent articles on our very own Strand Security blog that talks about automation and smart technology.
🔴 How to convert an old home into a smart home. Read it here
🔴 Smart home. Safe home. Secure home. Read it here
🔴 How to give your home a voice. Read it here
🔴 Party like a rockstar at home with SONOS. Read it here
🔴 How to program your universal remote the easy way. Read it here
🔴 Smart homeowners get smart home demos in Myrtle Beach. Read it here
We hope these articles have inspired you and made you excited about using home automation to turn your home into a smart home! We are here to help you…!
In case you are still hesitant, here are 5 reasons you will want home automation now!
Of course you will get improved security with home automation! Your systems will work together and the possibilities are endless. The best part? Once it’s set up, your overall security is enhanced by it. For example, you might be able to watch your home security cameras in real time from an app on your device! Nothing will get by you.
As your home is automated, many ‘daily tasks’ will be automated. With voice activation simple commends like ‘good morning house’ could lower the temperature in your home, raise the blinds and unlock your front door all at the same time without you lifting a finger!
Since everything is automated, it is, well, automated! No more frustration that you forgot to change the thermostat before your left the home. No more frustration that you forgot to set your security alarm system. No more frustration that you can’t remember if you fed the dog…
Home automation will automatically save you… money! Of course it does. Your thermostat will be automated to give you the perfect temperature when you are home, saving energy when you are not!
If you are ready to sell your home soon, home automation features can be an important selling point and enhance the overall feel for your home to a potential buyer. Getting the best and latest and greatest gadgets is something most home buyers would want!
Call your local professional to consult with. Our phone number number is 843-318-6392
After doing research, like reading this and other articles online, you might have an idea of what features you might want and need in your home. The next step would be to have a professional come out to your home and give you an even clearer picture of home automation possibilities.
Whether you own one, want one or don’t care either way; drones are here to stay!
Many new businesses have sprouted up with the introduction of affordable drones sold to the general public.
Drones are used for taking photographs and video, and have been used to conduct land surveys and to find ships lost at sea, just to name a few uses.
After drones became affordable for just about any amateur photographer and videographer, many towns, municipalities and cities reacted by instituting ‘no fly zones’ for drones for the safety of air traffic and their citizens.
Flying drones is a great hobby. It can also be part of a great business model, if you can make money off of the videos and photographs taken with your drone. But are there any safety concerns with flying drones just about anywhere?
Sure there are!
Safety first when it comes to drones, especially if drones are flown near airports, busy highways or cell towers!
How about near your home? Will flying drones impact your home security? Will flying drones enhance or hinder your home security?
New technology will enable drones to be part of your home security system – if not now, in the very near future!
In this article in Digital Trends we read about a new home security system that deploys a drone to patrol your property! Sounds like something out of a sci-fi book? Think again! The technology is here and soon most, if not all, security systems will have this capability. This article predicts
“The idea of a security camera that doesn’t fly will seem like the dark ages.”
That will be an amazing day…!
Sure, drones can interfere with your systems, that can happen, and it has happened. However, it’s not the main concern you should have about your home security system. If your Wifi system is password protected, drones should not be able to interfere with your home automation or security systems.
But there is a much larger security concern with drones…
Drones can pretty much fly wherever they are guided! That means the lines between private property and public land are not so clear anymore – from the air, there are no gates, fences or lines drawn in the sand…
Case in point (and we know – this was a helicopter, not a drone) are the fly-over pictures released on July 4 weekend of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The point is; helicopters, and now drones, give private citizens access to private property and that means your neighbor could decide to fly a drone over your backyard to SPY on you…! Or worse; someone who is out to hurt you, your family or wants to burglarize your home, could use a drone to ‘scout’ the area before striking.
We feel that’s all pretty scary to think about!
So what can you do to protect yourself from drones?
The first step to preventing a crime is to be alert and aware. When you do notice a drone flying over your property, take notice. Find out where it is flying back to; who is flying the drone. Take a picture of the drone if you can, and notice the size, color and time of day it’s flying over.
The next step is to make sure all family members know your family emergency plan and go over and practice this plan at least twice per year.
Last but not least, activate your security system when you are home alone, and when you leave your home. It might be a good idea to have at least one of your outside cameras pointing up at the sky!
Whether you like drones, or not, they are coming to a neighborhood near you, very soon.
They are coming.
We are sure you are excited, overwhelmed and scared all at the same time. There are so many things to do and take care of before you purchase a home, and then many more details after the contract goes through.
So how can we at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet be of help during this exciting time?
We’ve put together a list for new home owners just like you; a list of 5 quick and easy security tips you can implement right away. More security means less stress and better sleep and we all know that more sleep keeps you happy and healthy!
So really, this list will be something you can use to stay, happy, healthy, secure and safe!
No matter what the previous owner tells you (‘we only ever made 3 keys’ or ‘we didn’t give a key to anyone’) you can never be too sure. Don’t take the risk of some stranger still having access to your home; change the locks immediately. People who might have a key to your new home could be parents, adult or teenaged children, pet sitters, babysitters, neighbors, or friends of the previous owners.
When you go to your new home to take measurement, meet contractors, or move some things in, make it a point to meet your new neighbors. Stop by for a quick chat to introduce yourself. Eventually you might become friendly enough for them to have an emergency key for you. Neighbors are also a great resource for local contractors and services you need as they have experience with plumbers, electricians, roofers, HVAC personnel and yes, security companies.
Since you might be new in town, and most likely at least new in the neighborhood, make a list of emergency numbers and make a new family emergency plan. This list of phone numbers might include but is not limited to your HOA, the local police and fire stations, the schools your children will be attending, the cable and phone companies, the electric and water companies and more.
Technically, you should have done this before you purchased your home. You should know about break-ins, burglaries, robberies etc. Staying informed about what happens after you move in, is also a great way to stay safe. If there is a rash of car break-ins in your neighborhood, or mail is being stolen out of mailboxes, you’d want to know, right? Find out where and whom lists these crimes and adjust your security accordingly.
Not everything you read and not everyone you meet will be on the up and up about crime stats in your new neighborhood. Why take a risk? Talk to a reputable security company today and install a system with Hi Def cameras, remote access and more to keep your loved ones safe and your new home secure!
Check out some of these statistics.
Isn’t that a bit… shocking?
Here is one more:
Most burglaries happen between 10 AM & 3 PM!
Whether you are single, have young kids, teens or are retired; summer time means more time spent outdoors and more time away from home. Especially here on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, people go to the beach, waterpark, out to eat and have fun on the water during the evenings, weekends and during their summer vacation time.
What that does is leave an empty home…
Perfect for those who needs some extra cash aka burglars!
What should you, as a home owner (or renter) do?
Take preventative measures, of course.
Nothing you do can 100% guarantee that your home is safe from burglars, but we can tell you that taking some steps to secure your home will make the chance of your home being of the list of burglarized homes much, much smaller!
We like those odds. If you do, too, read the next five security tips and then implement them, STAT!
Let us help you!
We have C.O.P.S. standing by to help monitor and protect the people you love and the things you’ve worked hard for. Don’t let criminals get away with ruining your summer fun!
Is that what we are referencing when we say “Give your home a voice?”
Not at all!
We don’t want anyone to know your secrets. Security means home security, cyber security as well as home safety. We don’t want anyone to get to you, your assets or your family.
Whether you live in a large metropolitan area or on the Grand Strand in the Myrtle Beach area like we do, we’ve got something else in mind when we talk about ‘giving your home a voice’!
How convenient would it be to be able to ‘talk’ to your home and for things to ‘magically’ happen?
“Turn on the lights”
“Close the blinds”
“Turn on the TV”
“Lock the garage door”
“Arm the security system”
Better yet, you can create sequences that will do it all – with one simple command.
‘Wake up’ ➡️ your system might raise the shades, adjust your thermostat and turn off lights! or
‘Bed time’ ➡️ your system might lock your doors, arm your system, adjust your thermostat and turn on outside lights.
How can you get in on this awesomeness?!
The tuxedo touch is
is intuitive, easy to learn and easy to use whether you’re controlling your security and home control functions, viewing and recording video, or using voice commands.
Need a bit more convincing?
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Isn’t this great?
We at Strand Security use, sell and install Honeywell products on a daily basis. We have been doing so for nearly seven years in the local Myrtle Beach market. We have the experience and the expertise to get the job done.
We also have a lovely showroom in Murrells Inlet where we can show you how the Tuxedo Touch™ as well as any other Honeywell product works. Stop by and come see us – we are always up for a demo.
If you do live in an older home right here on the Grand Strand, you might be missing out on new technology to make your life easier. If you are lucky enough to live in a new home, built in the last 5 years of so, you might already have a smart home.
So what if you do live in that older home; are you out of luck? No! We are talking about converting your old(er) home in to a smart home!
It’s easy. Really, it is. Keep reading.
Truth: Smart homes aren’t just a new fads, they are here to stay – so we say; why not convert your home today?
But, what exactly does that mean; convert your home?
First, let’s see how smart a smart home really is.
Here are some of the functions a smart home can take over for you.
Sounds too good to be true? It’s not!
• Locks and more!
See it. Love it. Use it. Get it!
Do you need a smart home? Absolutely not, but as someone who has had one for years, I don’t know what I would do without it. It makes my home safer, my life easier, and frankly, it’s really cool!
⬇️ Directions below ⬇️
According to wikipedia
a generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.
Add ‘juggling full-time jobs and after-school activities for the kids’ to this and you’ve got a perfect storm!
Myrtle Beach is a great place to retire to (read: cheap and mild climate). We host many ‘snow birds’ from up north for part of the year, but we also have a thriving senior community full of people who’ve made Myrtle Beach their permanent home. Many of their children have followed their parents to this wonderful place at the beach, raising their own kids while staying connected and close by their own parents.
As these retirees age, they become more and more dependent on their children to help them.
A bit of history about the Sandwich generation and who coined that term.
“Social worker Dorothy Miller, originally coined the term “sandwich generation” back in 1981, to describe women in their 30s to 40s who were “sandwiched” between young children and aging parents as their primary caregiver. A lot has changed since then. Women are delaying child-bearing and seniors are living longer. Because of these added variables, the “sandwich generation” definition has morphed along the way and tends to target both genders and the predominant age is 40-65 years old.”
Do you fit into this category?
Are you caring both for your young family as well as your aging parents?
Are you stressed, overworked, stretched to the limit, and tired?
We have several products and services that can help you – the sandwich generation – with
While this does not solve all of your issues and worries, we can help you get a handle on a few important issues.
Here we go!
GPS Vehicle Tracker from Honeywell Total Connect™️️ lets you check in on your loved one and where they are – in real-time from your phone. You can also check to make sure they are driving at a safe speed and are driving where they are supposed to be going. Won’t it be great to see where both your parents (especially if they are getting older) and your new teenage driver are with the touch of one button? You can monitor multiple vehicles straight from your phone or tablet!
To read more about vehicle tracker, read this previous article.
From our own experience with older parents and teenagers, we know a home with multiple remotes can cause remote confusion. Confusion about anything isn’t good because who will they call?
You who are at work, you who is taking care of business or the other ‘generation’.
To combat this confusion, we offer peace of mind!
We offer not only universal remotes for sale, we also will come to your home and program them!
Whether your aging parent lives alone, or you have young (re)teen coming home from school while you are still at work, a panic button that works with your security system can really offer you peace of mind.
We offer self defense classes under our Myrtle Beach Self Defense division! We are excited we have participants from as young as 6 to 80 and up! Learning self defense together, with an older or younger generation is extremely powerful. We see mothers with daughters in our classes every month, especially mothers with teenagers (in high school or college). If you have a mom who lives alone, take the class with her. If you have a new teenage driver, or recent high school graduate, or college age daugther, take her to a class. The confidence, assertiveness and powerful knowledge each participant receives can save their lives!
Check out this recent news story about a runner who had just completed a self defense class and then was attacked! She not only survived, she was able to keep the attacker locked up long enough for police to come and arrest him.
From the article
“Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact.
The basic concepts and little phrases I learned—like ‘hard bones to soft fleshy places’—really stuck,” Herron said. “It’s not like I was taking notes and trying to actively memorize the class. Your brain is built to survive, but you have to put the right information in it.”
Whatever you need, however we can help, we are here!
We live and work in the Myrtle Beach community ourselves, raising a family of our own, and your security (and safety) is our business!
What do you think; are you smarter than your home?
You do not have to be!
Technology is so advanced and has come so far that your home can do many things you might forget, don’t want tot take care of or just don’t even know how to do!
We offer several products that can make your home smart!
Z-wave is the wave of the future.
With over 1700 certified Z-Wave products on the market, it’s no surprise the leading US security companies look to Z-Wave to help families stay connected to their homes and to one another. Z-Wave provides a new level of connected security and peace of mind knowing your investment and your loved ones are safe. If you already have a smart device in your home, it may already have Z-Wave inside. Other smart devices can be added to a Z-Wave network by using a smart hub with Z-Wave inside. If you have questions, just ask us at Strand Security as we are here to help you build the smart home of your dreams.
If you are forgetful, or easily aggravated with the total number of remote controls in your home, may we suggest you are ready for a universal remote?
A universal remote is a remote control that can be programmed to operate various brands of one or more types of consumer electronics devices.
Check it out! You can ditch the remotes for your
and get ONE REMOTE that does it all!
Best deal? We will PROGRAM your UNIVERSAL REMOTE for you!
Yes. We will.
What is SONOS?
Sonos is a speaker system that streams your music to any room, or all of the rooms in your house. Small or big, Sonos has a speaker that will compliment each room. The speakers are wireless and deliver a smooth and crystal clear HiFi sound that will help produce magic. This speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services. Sonos have a versatile design and can easily fit anywhere in your house that you want music. Control the music with the Sonos app on your tablet, PC or smartphone.
Check out these three articles on the Strand Security Blog about SONOS!
Do you know if your home is safe for your family and pets?
Let’s look at the ways we at Strand Security can help you have the safest home for your loved one.
If your fire alarms are NOT wired into your home security system, you run the risk of being caught unaware when your batteries die and thus being caught without a fire alarm. With a wired alarm attached to your security system, you have the peace of mind to know that authorities will be called in case of a fire, even if you aren’t home, or if you are caught in the fire yourself.
Read “Keeping your family safe from fires – Fire Safety 101” to learn more.
Fire places can provide heat and comfort in those long winter months. They are also a potential hazard if not cared for properly.
The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.
Read about Chimney Inspections here.
Last but not least, carbon monoxide is a truly silent killer. You home isn’t really safe without a carbon monoxide detector/alarm, again hardwired into your security system!
Do you want to know why that’s important? Do you want to know how to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Last but not least…
Answer this question for us: How Secure is your home?
If you aren’t sure, come talk to us at Strand Security!
We can evaluate and give you a few ideas, tips and security system recommendations to secure all that you love!
Even if you live in a so-called safe neighborhood, crime happens and we want to make sure you are “Smart, Safe and Secure” in your home!
If you have assets, you want to protect them, right?
By assets we mean
The best way to protect your assets is by securing them before disaster strikes.
This can be done with a security system, security cameras and GPS (vehicle) tracking.
But guess what?
Yes, there’s a BUT in there…
Your security is ONLY as good as who monitors it.
That’s why here at Strand Security in Myrtle Beach and in Maryland, we rely on the BEST monitoring company ‘COPS Monitoring’ to help us protect our customers!
COPS Monitoring’s goal is to deliver an average priority alarm response time of 25 seconds or less.
In 2015, COPS annual average priority response time was 17.8 seconds!
Isn’t that a response rate you would want to have in time of emergency?
We partner with COPS Monitoring because they are the best in what they do and offer.
This is mainly so because their dispatchers!
COPS dispatchers are
and they help us keep you safe and secure 24/7, 365 days per year!
While we consult with you, install your alarm system and maintain it, COPS Monitoring is who is keeping you safe!
COPS Monitoring is also part of the ESA, the Electronic Security Association which is the largest trade association in the United States!
COPS also has active ‘Paying it Forward’ campaigns running which are great for the communities these campaigns touch!
However, COPS states that ultimately, these campaigns of paying it forward pays them back because employees end up with a more positive attitude, higher productivity, better attendance and less turnover!
Their tagline reads ‘Our people make the difference.‘ and we wholeheartedly agree!
In 2014, COPS Monitoring received the Central Station Alarm Association’s (CSAA) Central Station of the Year award. The CSAA is a trade association representing companies providing Central Station protection services.
The award recognizes outstanding companies who perform in the highest professional manner, thereby making a significant contribution to the betterment of the alarm industry and the alarm profession while demonstrating exceptional service to their customers and community.
Connect with us at Strand Security and get the best!
We will ‘hook you up’ with COPS Monitoring for peace of mind and the best security monitoring in the industry!
There is a new way to listen to your favorite songs on your Sonos sound system! Sonos has the competitive edge with Apple Music! At least 6.5 million people use it and now with Apple Music integration, you will have more options for music. What better way to listen to that music than on your Sonos multi-room audio system!
We at Strand Security have introduced Sonos to you before. We have also invited you to come experience the audio system first hand in our state of the art showroom. Now, if you have missed out on our introduction in the past, we are going to review Sonos again. Because this product is the best, we can’t help it. 😉
Sonos are powered speakers that can stream music anywhere in your house. The speakers can be located in as many different zones in the house as you want, and can play the same music across all zones, or different music in different zones. How cool it that. Many business owners use Sonos speakers in their establishments such as restaurants and retail stores!
Sonos makes a variety of sizes that can compliment any area you prefer.
The speakers are wireless and transport clear and polished HiFi sound.
The speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services, which now includes Apple music!
You can use the Sonos app on your PC, tablet or smartphone to control the music. The Sonos app allows you to explore, play, and control music, to your preference!
Sonos has the most diverse speakers and is the most sophisticated music streaming system.
Visit Strand Security of Myrtle Beach to get a live look at how Sonos works.
Now that we have reintroduced Sonos, lets discuss Apple music…
Apple Music is a new streaming music service. Instead of downloading music, you can now stream music with Apple. Similar to competitors like Pandora, you’ve heard of them, right?
Some might have been worried that they would have to change out their Sonos speakers for some Apple friendly audio streaming systems. But, no worries now! By the end of 2015 Sonos devices started streaming and playing Apple Music.
“For Apple Music Members, the collection you own and love is just the beginning. Now you can also listen to the tens of millions of tracks in the Apple Music library. Our dedicated team of experts is here to help you find new music to love. Enjoy recommendations handpicked just for you or explore everything they find that’s new and noteworthy in the world of music. It’s all yours.”
For more information on Apple Music, click here.
For help setting up Apple Music, use the following steps…
Now that you can stream the best songs with Apple Music on your Sonos speakers, why not show off a little! With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, your sound system would help you throw the tailgate party of the century!