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!
Security cameras seem to be everywhere.
Not just in homes and businesses, but on the streets, in public places, near our beaches, in hotels, on buses, trains and schools. It something we know yet don’t often think about. Even though ‘they seem to be everywhere’ they really aren’t! Much is still left to be done to keep everyone safe on the streets and in public places.
Crime happens and when security cameras record the crime, there is a much better chance of the criminals being caught and prosecuted then if there was no video evidence.
Security cameras help solve crimes.
If you are a home owner with a family, we know you want to keep your family safe. One way security cameras keep you safe is that security cameras serve as a deterrent to criminals.
Homes without security or alarm systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into!
Add security cameras toy our home security system and those numbers go up even more! No criminal wants to be seen on camera committing a crime – so when they spot your cameras, they most likely will scram and go elsewhere. In the event a crime does happen, the video recording can help with finding and convicting the criminal(s).
85% of police officials surveyed believed that home monitoring systems help deter burglary attempts.
Want to know more? Read these 3 Strand Security articles on our blog!
Security cameras help prevent crimes.
The efficacy of public security cameras varies and is largely dependent upon how the surveillance system is set up and how it is monitored, and by whom. If there are many cameras around in one area and police responds quickly when crime happens, crime rates go down immediately. If the cameras are ignored, crime rates don’t change and the cameras do nothing to increase safety and security.
Public security cameras can help reduce crime and help public officials catch criminals.
🔴 Public security cameras account for reduced crime rate in public places.
This includes public parks, public transportation, train stations, highways, tollroads etc.
🔴 Public security cameras account for safer neighborhoods and reduced crime rates.
This includes stores, neighborhood parks and roads.
🔴 Public security cameras account for reduced automobile theft and transit crimes.
This includes parking lots, parking garages, trains, trams, subways etc.
This is one thing to remember; criminals do not like security cameras. They do not want to be caught on incriminating video. They will avoid the area, that neighborhood, that rain station, that business, that house if they know there are cameras around so it’s important to show and tell your cameras where appropriate!
We do! We think you do as well.
We bet you read a lot about security then, to make sure you are up-to-date on all the latest and newest gadgets and features of your favorite brands.
We at Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area care about your safety and security as it’s our business!
We realized years ago that knowledge is power, so we started a blog – this blog – to educate our customers, our local community and those who are interested in home security at large.
Can you believe this is article #85 on our Strand Security blog?! Slow and steady ‘wins’ the race – point in case; we are recently added to the Top 100 home security blogs & websites aka “The Best Home Security Blogs on the Planet”
If you want to check out the other 100 top security blogs, we are cool with that, of course. We do pride ourselves on providing our blog readers with the best security information, updates on the latest features and news about new gadgets and new products available to you, the customer.
We can’t let this opportunity go by without serving up our best and Top 5 Strand Security Articles!
These have been our most popular and well-read articles, enjoy and share.
“Planning for emergencies is not an easy thing to do, since, well… they happen when you least expect it! However, having a PLAN does help you ‘take control’ of the unexpected, as far as that’s possible.”
“While you are patiently waiting for the day to arrive that you can leave, burglars are also patiently waiting! They are waiting for homeowners like you to make simple mistakes that give them the opportunity to burglarize your home while you are away.
Did you know that over 2 million homes are broken into each year in the USA? Did you know that a large chunk of those home invasions happen during the summer months of June, July and August?”
“We love having these Sonos speakers in our office and our home. We always have great quality sounds whenever and wherever we want it. These speakers are also great if you have an outdoor kitchen or a pool, a restaurant or entertainment venue. They are easy to set up, easy to use and come with a great app. Of course, being able to stream Apple Music doesn’t hurt one bit!”
“I want to share with you my very personal story about an armed robbery, in hope of bringing awareness to the importance of security and self-defense. It has taken me almost six years to get to this point – being able to tell my story without breaking down. I know it’s time to share it with you though, so that even if only ONE person can learn enough to survive an armed attack, it’s all worth it.”
5) 5 Reasons Why Security Cameras Rock!
“We hear this question all the time. “Do I really need security cameras?” and “Is having my security alarm system not enough on its own?” The answer might surprise you. Having a security system is a huge deterrent to would-be thieves so yes, in theory, it’s all you’ll need. However, and of course there’s a however, security cameras add additional value to your system and once you understand what that value is, we guarantee you’ll want them!”
If you have questions about our services, a product or anything else pertaining to security and safety, please ask us!
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!
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 ⬇️
We at Strand Security want only two things.
Your Security and your safety. After all, that’s our business!
With having said that, our number one job is to KEEP burglars out of your home in order to keep you and yours safe. There are many ways to do that and we’ve made a handy infographic about it for you share! (see below)
Number ONE on our list is installing a security system with monthly monitoring; we are great advocates because when YOU CAN’T call for help, we can, and help will be on the way regardless of whether you are incapacitated, or not! If you don’t do it for yourself, think about your family members – you do not wish for anyone to go through a home invasion, right?
Prevention, prevention, prevention.
It should go without saying that you do not just display the sign, but you actually have a security system and activate it every night and during the day when you are home or gone.
The long screws will prevent someone from kicking in the door and breaking the deadbolt lock! Check your screws – it’s a simple and cheap fix for a real security breach.
Again, solid wood core doors are almost impossible to kick in. When it’s time to replace doors, choose wisely.
Make sure to instruct your (young) children and teens to do so as well – it’s easy to overlook the kids rooms.
These lights will pop on anytime something, or someone, is trying to approach your home. It’s an easy deterrent and also might alert you to impending trouble.
Make it a habit to lock up at night and check your garage doors!
You certainly don’t want anyone lurking in your bushes, right? Keeping them short and trimmed prevents someone from using your shrubs as a hiding spot prior to a break-in.
Many burglars enter homes without ever having to kick in a door or break a window because they’ve found an even easier way to enter – with the spare key left under a rock! Don’t do that – leave your spare key with a neighbor instead!
Please let us know how we can help you keep your family safe and secure!
Doesn’t that make total sense…?!
Prevention of fires is much better than trying to fight them!
From the Red Cross we learn
The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.
No matter where you live; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the USA or elsewhere in the world; we all want to be safe from fires!
The list is long!
We suggest you and your family create a written fire escape plan and/or a family emergency plan. This plan should include escape routes in case of fire, dates of smoke alarm batteries installed, location of a fire extinguisher, where to meet up after escaping a fire and more.
This family emergency and fire plan should be reviewed twice a year!
Don’t just keep your plan a written plan. Take it one step further and go and practice exiting the home along the escape routes If you need special escape ladders, take these out twice a year and make sure they are still in good working order. This is also a very good time to practice ‘stop, drop and roll’ with your kids and crawling to an exit.
If you ever get caught in a fire, you will know what to do – and your chances of survival go up if you know what to do and how to do it – fast!
Hopefully your fire alarms are working and are doing their job of alerting everyone in the house to the fact that there’s a fire! Do not do anything but follow the escape plan!
First and foremost; get out and stay out!
Then call 911.
We know how important this information is and yet we also understand people do not have the patience to read long articles.
That’s why with this important public safety announcement, we’ve created an infographic to make sharing this article and this information to social media so very easy!
Here it is; feel free to share it everywhere.
If you are a parent, there comes a time in your life when your teenager(s) comes and goes without you – this often happens once they get their driver’s license and start driving themselves!
(If you have younger children – rejoice you’re not there, yet.)
Once teenagers get a taste of this independence, they come and go at odd times, often working after school, playing sports or meeting with friends for fun or schoolwork.
When the kids are younger, parents are in charge of locking up at night.
Locking up the home.
Setting the alarm.
Locking up the cars.
Locking the garage door.
However, when you add teenager(s) to the mix, and their ability to forget everything your tell them in about 5 seconds…
Now is a great time to set up a few safety rules for your family’s overall safety and security; call a family meeting!
Who will lock up at night?
Before you can make that determination, you need a family meeting and a family calendar.
Once you know everyone’s schedule you will know who will come home last and should at least close and lock up the garage.
Don’t forget to include a discussion about locking up the house and setting the security alarm each time they come and go, during the day or night. Teenagers can and should shoulder that responsibility along with you. If they arrive home to an unarmed home, their security and safety is at risk. Always teach your children how to arm the home before leaving and how to disarm it once coming home. They should also know how to speak to the operator of the monitoring company in case they set off a false alarm.
Two more things to discuss with teens about home security.
For your family’s safety and security, you need to do a perimeter check every evening.
This includes checking all entry and exit points, making sure windows and doors are not just closed, but locked as well. Don’t forget your glass sliding doors, your porch doors and your garage doors.
We also recommend checking your children’s windows to make sure they are still locked as sometimes kids play with those locks and unless you check, you’d never know whether they have stayed locked, or have been unintentionally unlocked.
Once the indoor perimeter check is done, arm your home.
Even if not all your family members are home yet, it’s a great habit to get into; to arm the system even when you are home, and especially at night.
If you’ve purchased an alarm system, have paid for installation and are paying a monthly monitoring fee, why NOT use the system to keep your loved ones safe and sound at home, right?
It’s just plain smart!
You’d be surprised how many homeowners fail to set their alarm systems on a daily basis.
Don’t be caught unaware!
Be safe and secure at home, always!
If you are, or know someone who is, pay close attention.
If you are, or know someone who is, pay close attention.
If you are, or know someone who is, play close attention.
New local attractions.
You name it and someone, somewhere, on the Grand Strand is building it!
Isn’t it crazy to see the road construction and the building, the new neighborhoods, stores and restaurants just popping up all over the place?
Just the other day we were driving on Business 17 on the south end of Myrtle Beach near the airport, and what seemed like happened overnight (probably took a few weeks) another new Walmart Neighborhood Store popped up on a corner lot! Not really keeping count, but we can name at least five such stores that were built in the last year or so on the Grand Strand. That’s a LOT of new Walmart stores in one area… and area that already has several Super Walmart Stores!
Take it from Walmart – if they build new stores, that area is thriving and growing!
Stores, schools and roads, oh my!
That’s all great, but who is moving to Myrtle Beach?
It seems everyone is!
People move to the beach for
Whatever reason they come, most people stay and make Myrtle Beach their permanent home!
We are a locally owned and locally operated small business, Strand Security. We live and work right here at the beach with you, in a neighborhood just like yours.
If you are investing in the Grand Strand area, by buying a new home or establishing a business, especially a new construction, we want you to get more bang for your buck.
We work with contractors, builders and home and business owners on a daily basis.
Here is what we learned: It pays to think and plan ahead!
Meaning; when building a home or a business building, it is a good idea to add wiring and pipes for certain add-on features you might, or might not, want at a later date.
Here are three adds-on features (we feel these aren’t really add-ons but we’ve learned they are) you might want to consider planning for BEFORE construction on your home or business building is complete!
These three features are
If you have any of these item on your ‘wish list’ for your new home let us tell you that adding these AFTER your construction is complete, you’ll also be adding more money to overall cost for these items!
Wiring for a security system or adding the central vacuum to your new home is MUCH EASIER and MUCH CHEAPER to do BEFORE the WALLS GO UP! That does make sense, right? The same holds true for the construction of a home theater! Getting the right wiring, the right outlets in the right place on the right wall makes it ‘done right’ the first time and saves you money down the road.
Last but not least let us mention that adding these ‘extra’ features adds immediate value to your new home!
If you are in the midst of construction for a new home or business, come talk to us at our office in Murrells Inlet or call Chuck anytime at 843-318-6392. We prefer doing your installation before the walls are up, but certainly before the home is completely finished. It will save you money and that makes not just us happy, but it should make you happy as well!
How may we help you today?