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Introducing the Honeywell Smart Home Security System!

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Amazon Alexa™ and Honeywell Have Teamed Up!

This could very well be one of the most in-demand holiday gifts for 2018! You heard it here, alright? 😉

Honeywell and Amazon Alexa™ have teamed up to give you the best of home security and technology; introducing one smart system called the Honeywell Smart Home Security System!

This is great for any homeowner, on the Grand Strand, or elsewhere!

Is The Honeywell Smart Home Security System Right For You?

To find out if the Honeywell Smart Home (Security) System is right for you, watch this video.

We find it super exciting to see an amazing brand we love, use and recommend to our customers here at Strand Security aka Honeywell, move forward with a partnership of this magnitude, with Amazon Alexa™,  and serve their customers even better!

The Honeywell Smart Home Security System is an all-in-one home security system that is expandable to fit your life and home, now and in the future. Easy to set up, use and featuring Amazon Alexa™ built in it sends smart alerts to your mobile device.

How is this different from Honeywell Total Connect?

“Security just got smarter”

The all-in-one system with facial recognition and Amazon Alexa™ built-in sends smart alerts to your mobile device. Easy to set up and use, it grows with your needs thanks to a range of sensors and services.

Making Your Home a Honeywell Smart Home!

Whether your home is large, medium or you live in an apartment; your home can be a Smart Home too!

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The same protection and security features, now linked with Amazon Alexa™ to make your home smart and interactive!

Exciting Honeywell Smart Home Security Features!

The new Honeywell Smart Home Security System starts with the purchase and installation of a camera base station.

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Additional accessories to enhance the system include

  • indoor motion viewer
  • outdoor motion viewer
  • motion sensor
  • access sensor
  • key fob

The best part about this new system?

You can control it all with the Honeywell Home app!

Get it for your Apple Devices here.

Get is for your Android Devices here.

One place, one app.

Everyone in your family has access and full control over your safety and security, in real time.

Strand Security and Honeywell Smart Home Security

We understand that some of our customers will be able to set up and install the Honeywell  Smart Home System on their own.

However, we wanted to make sure that you know that we offer installation of the Honeywell Smart Home System and help with integrating it with your current home alarm system.

Why struggle with the set up if we can do it effortlessly, right?

For those who choose to ask for help with set up and installation, we will make sure you receive a demo and understand how your Honeywell Smart Home works before we leave.

We want to make sure you understand your system and know how to operate it!

Give us a call to purchase a system, or to ask for installation and set up if you already have a system but need help.

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

We Are Proud To Be A Top Home Security Blog!

Strand Security is a Top Home Security Blog

We have some news to share and something to celebrate with you, our readers!

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We were recently named a Top Home Security Blog by Lockpick World.

It’s a great honor to be included in this list of top blogs, for sure!

Their words:

These blogs, websites, and experts are some of the best in the field of home security. They can supply, guide, and educate you with everything you need.

Wow!

These are great, encouraging words to hear. We work hard each week to provide with you with an updated article about everything home security – and commercial security, too – so that you may stay safe!

We always aim to

✔️supply you with answers to any home security questions you may have

✔️guide you to make decisions that are right for you, your family and business

✔️educate you about the latest technologies available in our security industry

It seems we are on track!

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Your Security, Our Business!

We stop at nothing to give you the best, day in, day out!

We strive to give our customers the best

  • customer service
  • brands
  • equipment
  • monitoring service
  • response time
  • value
  • pricing
  • overall experience

We’d love to hear what you think of us!

Online Reviews for Strand Security

We value our customers, each and every one of our customers, and while it is amazing to be recognized as a Top Security Blog by a peer organization, we really love it when our customers leave positive Facebook and Google reviews for us online!

These reviews help future customers know more about Strand Security and what we do!

Let us be real!

As much as we can tell you about our customer service, our brand, equipment, and company, people trust other people more than they trust businesses.

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Review Us Please!

If you’ve ever interacted with us, we’d love for you to take a few minutes to review us.

It will help future customers makes decisions, and it will help us to be found online.

Lockpick World has this to say about us and our blog:

Strand Security believes in making a safer world and works toward that goal one customer at a time. Such is its focus in attending to its patrons that every person who employs Strand Security’s services rests with a lighter heart, confident in the total security of their homes. In fact, its motto is “Your security, our business.”

We now proudly display this logo!

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

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Are You Looking For A New Home Security System?

You might be in the market for a new home security system if you

  • recently moved to the Grand Strand
  • just bought a new home
  • currently are in the process of building a new home
  • are the victim of a recent crime
  • found your home burglarized
  • have watched the crime rate in your neighborhood explode
  • not long ago had a baby
  • changed jobs

Changes in lifestyle, location or family life all contribute to a search for added security.

You’ve Got Home Security Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Who should you go to when you have questions about an existing system, or if you are interested in purchasing a home security system for the first time?

A local, locally owned and locally operated home security system provider has all the answers to any of your pressing questions, of course!

In the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area, Strand Security is the company that fits that bill. We serve customers in both Georgetown County and Horry County.

We have an active Facebook Page where we can answer questions, but better yet, we are available by phone or service email anytime!

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Security

Here are some questions we get frequently.

Read these answers and many more on our Strand Security blog. We are glad you are here already; did you know we have nearly four years of articles and information available for you to research?

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

If you are ready to go ahead and purchase a home security system, here are 9 questions to ask your home security provider.

We’d be happy to help you keep your home safe and secure for those you love!

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Are you licensed?
  3. What equipment (brands) do you use?
  4. Who monitors your systems?
  5. What is the average response time to emergencies?
  6. How much is the install?
  7. What is my overall cost?
  8. Will I get a yard sign and window decals?
  9. Does your system help me qualify for a home insurance discount?

Home Security = Peace of Mind

What Are Your Family’s First Demands For The Best Home Security?

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Protect Your Family With the Best Home Security

Is that a question, or a demand?

We know the truth! Of course, you want to protect your family with the best home security.

However, you might be searching the Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand area for

Whatever it is that is most important to you, know that we value the same things as we live right here on the Grand Strand ourselves and want to protect our family, just like you do.

We will work with you, your budget and your needs, always. 

What Does Your Home Need To Protect Your Family?

If you are a new homeowner, you’ll be (most likely) new to home security too.

Protecting your family goes beyond protection from a home invasion or burglary.

Here are additional sources of danger

  • Home Fires; prevention with fire alarms
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; prevent with CO alarms
  • Break-ins; Alert authorities instantly with monitoring services
  • Home Invasion; Identify and locate suspects with security cameras
  • Trespassing; Deter trespassers with automatic floodlights
  • Drowning; Alert homeowner to movement in the pool, or opening of a door to pool deck
  • Falling; Personal panic buttons can help an elderly person call for help when needed

What your home needs is up to you; consider your security company a valuable partner in selecting the right equipment to keep you and your loved ones safe!

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What Does Your Family Want To Feel Safe?

Now that we know what you want, and what equipment is needed to keep your family safe – and to get the best home security for your family – let us look at what your family needs to make it all work!

Your spouse, teenager, babysitter, elderly parent, or child needs

  • easy access
  • easy to use equipment
  • panic buttons
  • monitoring service
  • voice commend
  • remote control

Right?

Many more families these days have multiple generations living or working together.

This means that multiple people will be using your security system and you will need the equipment you pick to be easy in use and access.  Most likely, you will want remote access to your cameras and system!

Click here to read more about multiple generations & home security!

What Is The Best Type of Home Security For Your Family?

We can only answer this question of ‘What is the best type of home security for my family’ if you answer a few questions of your own first!

It all depends on these factors

  • What can you afford to spend on equipment (i.e. cameras, sensors)?
  • How much can you afford on monitoring services each month?
  • Will there be changes in your family size in the upcoming years? (look at least 3-5 years ahead)
  • Do you prefer working with a locally owned and operated business owner, or a large franchise?

We will be happy to help you figure out what your home needs, what your family wants and what you can afford! 

Can I Keep My Family Safe Without A Security System in Place?

We can’t guarantee it.

Why would you want to? Is saving a little bit of money each month worth not having peace of mind?

How much are you spending on health insurance, homeowners insurance, car maintenance, and your pension each month? Safety and security are clearly important to you if you pay those bills. 

Without a security system in place to keep those you love safe, be prepared for feelings of

  • fear
  • guilt
  • regret

Now, who wants to live like that?

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Get started today – give us a call and you’ll be feeling much better!

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

Install FLIR Security Cameras To Protect What is Yours!

Are You Aware of the Crime Rate In Your Town?

Whether you live in Myrtle Beach or elsewhere on the Grand Strand, in Horry County or Georgetown County, or somewhere else altogether, it is always a good idea to know crime stats for your neighborhood and the city you live in! Anyone who owns a home should protect that home and those who live in it.

We at Strand Security love Flir Security Cameras. It’s what we use to protect our own family!

As Myrtle Beach is on the list of America’s most dangerous cities, it is important to be aware of what continues to happen in our neighborhood, our city, our state!

NBC states:

It’s been one year and the Grand Strand continues to land on the list of America’s most dangerous.

According to Alarms.org, Myrtle Beach is the most crime-ridden city in the Palmetto State and 33rd most dangerous in the country. Its ranking is on par with other publications. Safewise.com ranks it as the 32nd most dangerous city. Another website, Neighborhood Scout, tabbed it the 13th most dangerous, saying you have a 1-in-60 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Myrtle Beach.

Awareness is the first step to change and prevention!

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How Can You Best Protect Your Loved Ones and Your Assets?

The best way to protect your loved ones, and your assets, from crime, is with knowledge!

Knowledge about:

  • crime rates
  • criminal activity in your neighborhood
  • crime prevention
  • security systems

Read. Learn. Stay Informed. Secure. Prevent.

All of these are action-verbs, meaning; to be inactive is to remain vulnerable to crime.

Take action today for the safety and security of those you love.

One easy way to start protecting whom and what you love best is with security cameras!

How Do Security Cameras Protect You?

Now, how do security cameras protect you and the ones you love?

“Security cameras help prevent a crime from happening in the first place – as security cameras are a huge deterrent to potential criminals – and if a crime does occur, the recordings can help police find, identify and arrest the perpetrator.”

In addition to crime prevention, we found a super helpful list of ways security cameras can help protect your home. This isn’t a complete list, but a great start to thinking about preventing accidents and crime at your home.

They include

  1. Monitor the perimeter of your property
  2. See who’s at the front door
  3. Nanny Cams for child protection
  4. Keep an eye on your garage
  5. Monitor points of entry to prevent theft
  6. Make your own video baby monitor
  7. Protect your home business
  8. Watch the pool and play areas from indoors

Now, let’s look at Flir Security Cameras!

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What can Flir Security Cameras Do?

Here is a list of applications!

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For those of us needing home security or commercial security, check out this selection of Visible Security Cameras.

Learn More About FLIR Security Cameras!

From FLIR:

We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and advanced threat detection systems. Our products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance public safety and well-being, increase energy efficiency, and enable healthy and entertained communities.

Here are some amazing FLIR facts!

  • FLIR is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras
  • FLIR cameras produce the highest quality video at the lowest bandwidth
  • FLIR cameras use the latest sensor technology
  • FLIR cameras offer tamper detection and multi-zone video motion detection

Interested in getting the BEST cameras for your home? Talk to us at Strand Security today!

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

Meet Honeywell Total Connect™ and Fall in Love Forever!

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What is Honeywell Total Connect™?

Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services lets you stay in the know wherever you go! How neat is that?

Whether you are running an errand in Myrtle Beach, at work along the Grand Strand, or on summer vacation in the upstate of South Carolina or elsewhere, you will have full access to your home and/or business through our app. You will love being able to check in from anywhere, at any time! Once you have Honeywell Total Connect™, you will fall in love forever.

With the tap of a finger, our app lets you control your security system, receive push notifications, text messages and email alerts, control thermostats, lighting and locks, locate vehicles or assets — even view live video and see, hear and speak to visitors at the front door anytime, anywhere on compatible smart devices, including iPhone, Android and iPad.

Honeywell Total Connect™ is packed with features that help you receive a great user experience!

Who Can Use Honeywell Total Connect™?

Honeywell Total Connect™ can be used both for residential as well as commercial use, so homeowners, as well as business owners, get great value from our system!

Kids, teenagers, elderly parents, nannies, neighbors, employees; anyone you trust and who needs access to your home or business can get access while you are away!

What Can Honeywell Total Connect™ Do?

Let us check out what Honeywell Total Connect™ has to offer, shall we?

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To get the full scoop, check out this brochure!

 

How Easy Is Honeywell Total Connect™ To Use?

Oh, it’s super easy!

In fact, our app is so easy to use once it is set up, that kids, teenagers, as well as the elderly, should have no problem using our app. Of course, if you use Strand Security as your service provider, we will make sure that everyone who needs access to your system will have full access.

Are you ready for a Smarthome?

How Can I Get The Honeywell Total Connect™ System and App?

All you need to do is connect with us at Strand Security. We can answer any question you may have.

You can also stop by our offices for a demo to see how a Honeywell Total Connect™ system works and play around with it!

Did you know you can install vehicle tracker in your (commercial) vehicles, too, and monitor with Honeywell Total Connect™? Great for teenage drivers and employees.

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

 

Keep Your Home Secure While You Are on Summer Vacation!

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Summer Crime Statistics and Break-in Numbers

For many law enforcement agencies, crime spikes during the summer. Crime statistics indicate warmer cities, however, often don’t experience much change. It’s generally cities in colder climates and tourist destinations, like Myrtle Beach, that experience the largest monthly changes in reported crimes.

Why is that?

Summer is supposed to be the best time of the year, but it sure brings out the worst in some people. A study released by the US Dept. of Justice found a definite correlation between the season and the crime rate. Researchers found that crime rates are often lower in the fall and winter while peaking in the summer. Some of the summer crime rate increases were significant.

On the Grand Strand, we also have a spike in crime rate due to an influx of tourists visiting our area. As our population swells in the summer months, so do crime rates!

Summertime = Burglary time!

From one of our earlier articles:

2 million home break ins are reported each year in the United States!
30 percent of break ins occur through an unlocked window or door.
66 percent of all break ins are residential break-ins vs business break ins.
The highest percentage of break ins happens during the summer months.
Homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.

How can you protect what is yours in this type of environment?

Before You Go on Vacation

Make a plan to keep your home and other assets safe while away.

Failing to plan is planning to fail!

Instead, follow these guidelines.

  1. Talk to your neighbors and tell them you’ll be away.
  2. Be aware of the recent crime rate in your neighborhood and what is being done about it.
  3. Double check all your locks and make sure all windows and doors are secured.

Having someone keep an eye on your property is a smart way to go on vacation and come home to an undisturbed home.

If you have a great security system and a monitoring company keeping an eye on your home while on vacation you have the best solution!

While You Are Away

Smart burglars – and yes, there are some smart and sophisticated burglars and thieves out there – will avoid confrontation. They do not want to come to your home while you are home. They do not want to break down a door, they’d rather find one unlocked. They do not want an alarm set off. They’d much rather burglarize a home without a system.

Here are 7 ways to protect your home while you are away (for the day or) on vacation!

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Watch Your Home From Afar; The Best Option to Secure Your Home

Wouldn’t love to be a ‘fly on the wall’ to keep an eye on your home while away?

You can be!

With our Honeywell Total Connect App, you can monitor your home (or any other asset) from afar from your phone or tablet, in real time!

  • If someone tries to break-in, you’ll know!
  • If your water heater breaks and water starts to flow throughout your home, you’ll know!
  • If a fire breaks out, you’ll know!

Doesn’t knowing this give you peace of mind while on vacation?

Have Fun This Summer, Prepare Now.

Don’t delay talking with your friendly, local security company! Whether you need a new system installed or you want an upgrade with more cameras and newer technology, we at Strand Security have you covered!

It’s not too late to protect your assets this summer!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 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.

Have you ever thought about

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

 

 

 

 

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