Are you a new homeowner? Have you recently moved to the Myrtle Beach area? Are you unhappy with your current home security system? If you fall in any of these three categories you might be looking for the best home security system available to you!
We want you to know we’ve got you covered!
Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security company. We provide both residential security systems as well as commercial security systems. If you need to protect those you love, we can help you get started with the best home security system your money can buy!
If you were to talk to 20 experts, you might find 20 different opinions about what the best home security system might be. That doesn’t make it any easier to decide, does it? I bet you’ve called around, looked on the internet, maybe you’ve asked your friends yet you still aren’t’ sure what defines ‘the best home security system’. There are so many bells, whistles, brands, companies, options to choose from!
Help is on the way!
We have identified five important markers for you to check to find the best home security system for your home and family.
That is exactly what you need to start with:
identify your personal needs, goals and wants in a home security system in order to find the best home security system available to you
Here are the five questions you need to ask yourself!
Grab a piece of paper and start writing down answers, then give us a call!
What type of system you need, and want, depends on your home; the size, layout, and location.
Here are some factors to consider.
Next, let’s talk money!
As we can’t look in your pocketbook, or checkbook for that matter. Therefore, you should find a price point you are happy with before contacting a security company. It will help them, and you, decide on what you can afford at this time. If your financial situation changes, you can add additional features and services! If you have to go ‘bare-bones’ to start with, go for it, but make sure to make that a clear objective when searching for the best home security system.
Next, let’s talk functionality!
Not everyone likes bells and whistles. Not everyone needs or wants all the latest technology or the highest ranked equipment. It is important, however, that your system performs the tasks you need it to perform!
Answer these questions.
Once you have an idea about functionality, it’s time to talk integration.
If you bought a new home with security system equipment installed, your (new) provider needs to know what system and what equipment is currently in your home. Sometimes this equipment can be reused or repurposed; this will depend on what brands your provider works with and the age of the system and equipment. If you already own home automation hardware and software and you want to integrate a new security system with it, your security provider needs to know this as well. It is important to make a list of all technology in your home.
There is a difference between what your intended usage is and what your family’s needs are. Talking to your security provider is a great place to start. Tell them who lives in your home, who might need access to your system, whether you travel, if you also own a business which needs security and more.
Answering these questions after having answered the four previous questions will help your provider give you options for the best home security system for your current home.
We welcome any and all inquiries about security systems. We are here to help protect those you love.
We invite you to check out Honeywell Total Connect.
Many children, teenagers, college students and yes, adults will be getting new bicycles for Christmas! Biking is fun and the exercise is good for your body. What’s not to love?
Here is the thing though; as much as you love your bike, so do thieves!
Bicycles are easy to steal.
Just ask anyone in the Netherlands where bike riding is a way of life.
Here are some fun and not-so-fun facts about bicycles in the Netherlands.
(and we are sharing these because we can learn from the Dutch about how to protect our property!)
Where and how are these bicycles stolen?
Most bikes are stolen from stores, train stations and schools, as that’s the mode of transportation for the Dutch.
In the USA, most bicycles are stolen from where you think they might be safe; from homes, garages and yards.
There are ways to make it harder for a thief to ride off with your possession!
Don’t make it too easy for someone to walk or ride away with your bicycle. Always, always double check that your bicycle is locked before walking away from it.
Fact; many Dutch people use two (or three) locks! They idea is that if you use multiple locks, it takes longer for a thief to open the locks and thus to steal your bike. Chances are someone might see the thief mess with the bike and alert authorities. One lock makes it just too easy!
There are locks and then there are locks. A cheap lock can be opened with a screwdriver in under 2 seconds! Seriously. So buying a more expensive lock buys time because they will be much harder to open! Certified locks are more expensive, but if you (or Santa) have already paid for an expensive bike, don’t you want to protect your investment?
This is to prevent a thief from using the ground to leverage whatever tool they are using to break your lock. It’s an added security measure that’s easy to remember – lock up high.
We recommend using a long, strong chain lock to secure your bicycle to a permanent, stationary object. In your garage that might be a bolted-down bike rack or a heavy wall unit. When out and about we recommend you secure your bicycle to a garden gate, a metal fence or a mailbox post, just to name a few options if you are looking around.
Smart thieves would know how to leave the wheel and steal your bike! Make sure to lock the frame of your bicycle to the stationary object. This is where a second or even third lock would come in handy; first secure the frame to a stationary object, then secure the wheels to the frame.
If you have a choice, leave your bicycle in full view of where you will be. If you are going in a store, lock up your bicycle right outside. If this is not an option, leave the bicycle in full view of the general public. Locking it up in a dark parking garage gives thieves a real opportunity to come and steal your bike as not many people will witness the crime.
Cameras are your friend! Install security cameras in your garage, trained on your bicycle and other valuables.
Another tool you can use is a GPS tracker. You will know where your bicycle is at all times!
These tips are all for bicycles, but they work for motorcycles as well!
Have fun, and be safe on the road – don’t forget to wear your helmet.
With this added bundle of joy in your family, comes added responsibility for you as new parents!
Mom + Dad + Baby = Family
As the leaders of the pack so to speak, you are in charge of keeping everyone in your new family safe, and your most valuable possessions secure.
If you have an older child, or two, or three, you’ve most likely already adjusted some of your security and safety protocols each time you added a new bundle of joy to your family. If this is your first baby, we want to make sure that you are informed to make the best decisions regarding safety and security for your family.
Here are a few tips we’ve gathered from the experts i.e other parents and security professionals.
Keeping baby safe inside the home is great, but what about dangers coming in from outside?
A home invasion is a very traumatic experience, whether you have a new baby, or not.
There is never a guarantee that a break-in or home evasion won’t happen to you and yours, yet there are many ways to deter a criminal. Then if you have a monitored security alarm system, you have the added knowledge that when help is ever needed, help is on the way with the push of one button, or with one tripped wire, or with one smoke alarm going off.
We welcome your thoughts, questions and feedback!
We have seen this question asked all month as it’s November. Many people practice #ThankfulNovember or #30daysofthankfulness on social media, sharing small and large things, places and people they are thankful for each day!
We are so lucky to live in beautiful Myrtle Beach! We are lucky to live near the beach, have gorgeous weather most of the year and live a bountiful life lived in short, t-shirt and flip-flops!
What about you? What are you thankful for?
There are many people in this world who do not have basic necessities such as access to clean drinking water, food and a roof over their head. There are many people in this world who live in areas of unrest and war; we are so lucky to live in a place in this world with access to all of these things.
If you are lucky enough to live in a safe and secure home with an alarm system like we do, isn’t it time to list some of the reasons it makes you thankful?
We have come up with 3 reasons to be thankful for your security system. Read and let us know if you feel the same way!
This alone should be the #1 reason you are thankful for your security system. In case of attack, fire or home invasion, your security system – if connected to our monitoring company C.O.P.S. – can call the authorities for back up, whatever agency is needed (rescue, fire or police).
Minutes and seconds saved can be the difference between a good or a very bad outcome of any of these scenarios.
We are thankful that our security system keeps our loved ones safe!
If you, like us, own a business, you know firsthand how much effort, time and money has gone in to making your business successful. You want that taken away in an instant now, would you?
A fire that would totally destroy your retail store can do that. Employee theft can cripple your bottom line. An accident in your restaurant which results in a lawsuit can do that – but with a security system and security cameras in place, and a monitoring company to back you up, your business is protected.
We are thankful that our security system deters crime our our business!
Now when you add “Will Keep Your Loved Ones Safe” to “Deters Crime At Your Business” you got what?
Peace of mind!
If you can rest easy because your family is protected and you can rest easy because your business is protected, how much is that worth to you?
We are thankful that our security system gives us overall peace of mind!
We at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet are thankful, too.
We are thankful for
and much much more!
Thank you for being part of our success story. We are thankful for you!
When you are out and about and you see cameras at the following commercial locations
do you feel an immediate sense of safety and security?
Sure you do!
Most of these establishments have REAL cameras and are recording your activities, some are even monitoring your activities in real-time.
Would it make a difference to you and how you’d feel if you knew any number of these cameras were fake? Would you be able to detect if any of these cameras were fake? Would you avoid those commercial locations if you knew there were no real cameras recording your every move?
In retail stores, gas stations , car dealerships, restaurants and gyms, often cameras are used to prevent theft, as well as to protect their employees.
In schools and banks, often these cameras are used to keep employees and customers safe from harm first and foremost, and of course also help deter crime such as theft.
At home, home owners who have cameras report feeling a higher level of security then those without, especially if the cameras are connected to the monitoring system and the camera feed is accessible from a remote location.
If a burglar detects cameras while casing a home, s/he most likely will stake out a different home.
However, if this crime is to be a crime of opportunity (as in; they see you leave, or they know you are on vacation, or at work), most often the criminal does not care whether you have any cameras, as it will be a quick come and go.
With cameras installed and visible, you are deterring potential burglars, but not deterring professional criminals.
So what about just adding fake security cameras strategically places on the outside of your home?
Will fake security cameras prevent crime?
The answer is YES and BUT.
YES, fake security cameras will prevent some crime BUT there are a few important things fake security cameras can not do for you!
So fake cameras are just that, fake. A professional burglar can and will detect the cameras and identify them as fake quickly. Even those with the blinking red lights and those that move – or should we say, especially those with blinking red lights and those that move, randomly?
Once these fake cameras have been identified as fake, a burglar will continue their plan to break in with more confidence.
If a crime does take place, real security cameras can provide the police with a solid description of the criminals by the recordings. For obvious reasons, fake cameras will have no such footage and thus will yield no description of any criminal.
Real security cameras connected to your monitored alarm system can provide real-time updates on an on-going crime and then alert those who are monitoring your system to call for help an back up, in real time and with detail! Using your security camera feeds, the company can spot the number of assailants in the home as well as the weapons they carry and where they are located in the home. This information can be relayed to the police to aid in apprehending the suspects and keep you and your family alive.
To sum it all up, fake security cameras give a false, or fake, sense of security.
Fake security cameras do not prevent crime.
Fake security cameras might deter a fraction of potential crimes, but will be of no use in a dangerous situation.
To learn more about how we at Strand Security can help you meet your security needs, connect with us!
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!
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!