Myrtle Beach

Dealing with the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

aftermath hurricane florenceDid You Evacuate For Hurricane Florence?

What a crazy two weeks we’ve had here in South Carolina and it is not over! The Myrtle Beach area and all of the North Carolina and South Carolina coast braced for Hurricane Florence, a hurricane who couldn’t make up her mind where to wander to.

Right now, the aftermath for the two states is a bit different, as North Carolina took the brunt of the winds which toppled trees, power lines and more. The one similarity is that both states are currently dealing with the hurricane aftermath;  unprecedented flooding in their coastal areas.

Aftermath: ‘the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event’

The scenes we are seeing on the news are horrific. We see images and videos taken near the rivers and the Intercoastal waters and they are heartbreaking. Local businesses and homes are threatened by water and some are already flooded.

Can we just say how proud we are to be part of the Grand Strand community as this community is coming together to care for those affected by flood waters once again?

Trying To Get Back Home To The Grand Strand After Hurricane Florence

As soon as the storm was over, starting Saturday, September 15, 2018, evacuees tried making their way back to the Grand Strand area to go check on their homes. While the official evacuation orders weren’t lifted by our governor until Sunday, many local residents made it back safely.

Yet it continued to rain and then the floods came.

On Monday it was pretty apparent that this was going to be yet another ‘historic flood’; rivers are expected to surpass any records previously smashed by the 1000 year flood that was the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2016! So much for a 1000 year flood!

As people were making their way back home on the North Carolina and South Carolina roads, technology enabled them to stay in touch with loved ones, sending the most accurate road updates to friends and family also trying to come home. They included pictures and it was hard to comprehend what they were seeing!

Again, the pictures spoke louder than words and we started to see just how devasting this flood is.

Resources To Find The Best Routes Home

We want to share some of the apps and tools people were, and are, using to stay safe on the roads as they wind their way home from the south, west and north to reach the Grand Strand.

Waze App

SCdot

NCdot

Zello walkie-talkie app to stay connected on the road.

Real-time river levels and forecasts.

Road Now

How The Community Is Stepping In

Community response to Hurricane Florence along the Grand Strand was immediate and continues to be strong.

Individuals helping other individuals and families.

From starting Facebook groups to help neighbors

to sharing links like how to get free phone service and free Airbnb rentals and taking their own sandbags and redistributing them to low-lying areas.

From urging neighbors to evacuate and then helping secure UHaul trucks and storage free-of-charge, we are seeing the best of people on social media, offering help, resources, food and doing kind deeds!

Local Businesses and Organizations Who Are Stepping Up

We’ve also seen great responses from the local business community!

This is by no means a complete list; feel free to comment on this post with a link and information about additional local heroes and we will add them to this story!


This article mentions this hotel as well.

Join us in praying for those affected by this storm for months to come and let’s continue to help out our neighbors!

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

How To Stay Safe With These Fall Security Tips

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Fall Is In The Air!

Can you believe that Labor Day has come and gone and we are headed towards fall?

Of course, here in South Carolina is doesn’t feel and look like fall yet!

However, it’s coming and why not be prepared? We’ve gathered some tips to keep you and yours safe and secure this fall and by the time we were done, we realized it read more like a fall to-do list than anything else!

Therefore, grab a pen and paper, or your smartphone and make note of these tasks to get done.

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Fall Clean Up and Maintenance

If you are a homeowner here in the Myrtle Beach area, you know that fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here on the Grand Strand. Golfers come because the weather is fine, the beaches are still pleasant and it’s just finally cool enough to really enjoy being outdoors.

Therefore, this is also a good time to spend some time in your yard and around your home to take care of those pesky tasks you’ve been avoiding during the heat of the summer!

Check our list of Fall Security Tips for Your Home and plans to get them done by Thanksgiving! That will give you a few months and the best weather to get them done.

Fall security tips

Fall Security Tips for Your Home

To keep your home in tip-top shape and your family safe and secure, here is a fall maintenance list.

✅ Check Outdoor Lighting

Replace bulbs if necessary and check the wiring for all outdoor security lights.

✅ Keep The Yard Free of Debris and Wet Leaves

While our leaves don’t drop in September/October like they do in New England, eventually they do fall. Keep walking paths and your yard free of wet leaves, sticks and other debris to prevent falls.

✅Service your HVAC unit

Fall might be a time to give your HVAC system short rest. Throw open your windows, let in the fresh air and get your HVAC unit inspected and serviced. Soon you’ll want your system to be able to switch to heat! Make sure to relock all your opened windows.

✅Hire a Chimney Sweep

Now is the time to prepare for those cold winter nights! Call and make an appointment to have your chimney swept if you plan to use your fireplace this winter. Those unexpected cold evenings usually happen….unexpected! Be prepared this year.

✅Test Your Batteries

This includes the batteries to your Carbon Monoxide alarms as well as your fire alarms.

✅Use Caution When Using Space Heaters

If a cold night sneaks up on you and you want to use a space heater, use caution! Don’t allow small children to be near these units and don’t leave them unattended.

✅Clean Out Clothes Dryer Vent

Another fall (and spring!) chore is cleaning out your clothes dryer vent to prevent accidental fires. If you have never cleaned out your vents, it might be time to call a local professional to take care of that for you; many appliance repair businesses offer this as a service.

✅ Put Together a Hurricane Kit and Plan

If you are new to the area, we encourage you to prepare for a hurricane before a named hurricane is headed toward the Grand Strand! The end of Summer/Fall is usually the most active time in the hurricane season don’t get caught without supplies and a solid evacuation and family emergency plan.

✅ Test Your Security System

You should be testing your alarm system periodically; why not add it to this easy list and have peace of mind that in case of an emergency everything works as expected.

Prepare. Relax. Enjoy Fall!

Why not take time to get this list done and then go out an play a round of golf on your next free weekend? 😉
Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

Myrtle Beach Self Defense Introduces ‘Fight Club’ for Women and Girls

Introducing the Myrtle Beach Fight Club for Women and Girls!

Strand Security, Myrtle Beach Self Defense and Karate World of Surfside Beach are very excited to introduce you to the Myrtle Beach Fight Club for women and girls.

Myrtle Beach Fight Club

How did we get here?

Read on!

What is Myrtle Beach Self Defense?

Myrtle Beach Self Defense is a division of Strand Security, a locally owned and operated security company.

Launched in 2016 by Heather of Strand Security, Myrtle Beach Self Defense has taught self-defense classes for the last 2+ years in Horry and Georgetown Counties to women, men, boys, and girls of all ages.

Myrtle Beach Self Self Defense is a division of Strand Security and was started by Heather Bryant of Strand Security.

Read this to learn about why Heather is passionate about self-defense. (spoiler: Heather credits self-defense classes she took in high school as saving her life during an armed robbery)

What Has Myrtle Beach Self Defense Accomplished in Two Years?

Myrtle Beach Self Defense started classes at a local business facility, and after outgrowing that space, partnered with Karate World of Surfside Beach! Most self-defense classes now are taught at this facility, unless MBSD is asked to do a class at a social location.

Last year, MBSD conducted two self-defense classes at Coast Carolina University for a sorority, and we also held a class on location for a girl scout group.

We’ve partnered with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for a self-defense class for professionals in Myrtle Beach and the local senior citizen’s coalition. Self-defense classes can benefit young and old!

Who needs a self-defense class?

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Partnering With Karate World in Surfside Beach, South Carolina

We partnered with Karate World in 2017 to bring more classes in a better learning environment for our community members.

We’ve been very happy to work with Master Jason and Carri in their Surfside Beach location.

Summer Series of Self Defense

This summer, we tried something new and exciting. We’ve just completed an 8-week summer series of self-defense.

As always, Strand Security customers can take self-defense classes free of charge!

Summer Series self defense

Fight Club Launches in Myrtle Beach

Now that you know our 2+ year history, we are excited to give you the full details of our Fight Club.

Myrtle beach Fight Club

We want to empower women and teenage girls by teaching them how to defend and fight. This club will teach their members more than traditional self-defense. Read this to get a feel for what you’ll be learning when you join us.

We’ve Been Teaching Women to Defend Themselves All Wrong

From the article

“When I started looking for a self-defense class, what I was really looking for was one that would teach me how to fight. I go on solo runs most mornings and often walk home alone in the dark from the Metro. If someone were to attack me, I wanted to know, could I take him?”

Are you ready to learn how to fight?

Sign up today!

Call 843-828-4386 or email KARATEWORLDSSB@GMAIL.COM

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!

FLIR camera at Strand Security in Myrtle Beach

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!

FLIR cameras in Myrtle Beach

What can Flir Security Cameras Do?

Here is a list of applications!

FLIR applications
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

 

Hurricane Prep Starts in June, Don’t Get Caught Without Supplies

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It’s Nearly the End of June; Are You Prepared For A Hurricane?

We are three weeks into the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Are you prepared?

Have you prepared yourself, your family, your home, your business for a hurricane, should one head our way?

More often than not, those who live in coastal areas along the Grand Strand will wait until a hurricane has been named and is headed towards South Carolina before starting their hurricane prep and unfortunately, it can be too late to get certain prep done that late in the game!

Instead, get started on your hurricane kit before the end of this month and stay ahead, alert and prepared!

What Do You Need To Purchase Before a Hurricane Heads Your Way?

There are two major purchases to consider if you are new to the south and to hurricane preparedness.

The first purchase is a generator.

If you are wondering who should purchase a generator for hurricane season, here is our take on this!

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

If you fall into any of these categories, you should consider purchasing a generator this season. Keep an eye out for sales and specials; often this type of equipment can be found on sale either during a 4t of July sale or Labor Day sales event.

The second important purchase is insurance.

This could include homeowners insurance, renters insurance, flood insurance and/or wind and hail insurance, depending on where you live and whether you own your home or rent it.

Of course, if you are traveling to a coastal area during hurricane season, you also might want to look into travel insurance!

Is Hurricane Prep in June Really Necessary?

If you were to talk to 100 local residents about hurricane prep, you will get 100 opinions!

Do you need to prep for hurricanes as early as June?

No, you don’t have to, but we suggest you better not get caught unprepared later in the season. Peace of mind counts for a lot.

If you have dependents; a spouse, small children, elderly parents or pets, it is even more important to prepare for a hurricane season well in advance of any named storm headed to the Grand Strand.

Predictions For The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season!

According to the National Weather Service

CSU calls for another busy season with a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes

This is slightly above average and makes us at Strand Security even more glad we’ve published an amazing resource for our local residents.

Ready? Set? Prepare Your Home For The next Hurricane Starting Today!

Grab your FREE COPY of the 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Prep Guide for Homeowners today.

2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide

Local Mom Advice: 12 Fun Kid-Friendly Activities in Myrtle Beach

Fun local kid activities in Myrtle Beach

Local Myrtle Beach Moms Know Best

Whether you are visiting the Myrtle Beach area, also known as the Grand Strand, or you are a new resident, asking longtime residents about the area is always a great idea!

When moving here from ‘up north’, other parents, but especially moms provided us with the best tips and the in-depth knowledge about the area. We learned about the best libraries to take our kids to, the best preschools near our home, the most fun indoor play places and the most affordable places to eat out with kids.

But what about summer activities with kids?

Since it is June and kids will be home for another 10 weeks or so, we want to share some insider mom tips with you!

The Best Beaches For Kids Along The Grand Strand

All Grand Strand beaches are fun for kids. However, there are three beach areas that warrant special mention.

  • Surfside Beach officially became the first autism-friendly travel destination in the world in January 2016.
  • The Myrtle Beach State Park offers more than just beaches! There’s a pier to go fishing on, the little store sells ice cream and the staff offers all sorts of kid programs. If you are local and/or purchase a State Park pass, that same pass will also get you to Huntington Beach State Park for free.
  • Last but not least, The Point at Pawleys Island is a hidden gem! There is little parking available, but that also guarantees it never gets too crowded. The locals will tell you; arrive early, before 10 AM, and plan to stay the day!

Rainy Day Activities in Myrtle Beach

It doesn’t rain a whole lot in our area, but when it does, it’s nice to know there are a few indoor spaces to let the kids burn off energy. Here is our local mom top pick.

  • The Fun Warehouse in Surfside Beach! They offer Go Carts, Laser Tag, Multi-level Soft Playground, Inflatable Slide & Bouncers, Roller Skating, Arcade, Bowling and food, all under one roof!
  • The museum formerly known as the Children’s Museum of South Carolina is now called EdVenture Myrtle Beach! It is small but mighty! Plans to develop and open a new museum in Myrtle Beach, uniquely designed to accommodate families with special needs, are currently under development. This museum is great for those with younger children.

Free Activities in Myrtle Beach

Besides the free beaches, there are several other free activities to check out; the locals will beat you there, but not many tourists will know and thus you’ll be sure to have plenty of space. Here is one well-loved free summer activity in Myrtle Beach!

  • The Grand 14 FREE kids Movies Series is back in 2018! This theater is located at the Market Common. “Affordable fun for the entire family. The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically PG). The programming runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 AM throughout the summer. The program is perfect for groups, families and others looking for an easy and affordable way to see movies.”

Free Summer Kids Movies At the Market Common Myrtle Beach

Schedule is subject to change without notice based on availability

Outside of Town

  • Go Ape in North Myrtle Beach, a fun treetop adventure!
  • The Nexus VR Arcade in North Myrtle Beach, the only one of its kind in our area.

Local Hidden Gems in Myrtle Beach

  • Chapin Memorial Library is a library all on its own. Not part of the Horry County Library system, this library offers amazing kids programs all throughout the year and summer reading programs all summer.
  • Savannah’s Playground in the Market Common area is a brand new playground, but more importantly, it is the South’s first enabling playground!

Water Activities In and Around Myrtle Beach

  • Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach is a fun place to take the kids to learn how to wakeboard!
  • Ocean Watersports in Myrtle Beach offers banana boat rides, parasailing, and jet ski rental. This is a great place for those teens or young adults in your family who want to do something adventurous.

We wish you and yours a fun-filled summer!

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

 

The Best Summer Soccer Day Camps in Myrtle Beach

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Do You Love Soccer as Much As Our Family Does?

Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated small business. We are also soccer parents.

All three of our boys play soccer locally and love the sport. We are huge soccer family and we can be found on the sideline of a soccer training or soccer game most evenings and weekends.

Did you know that our local soccer club, Coast FA, is the 5th largest club in the state of South Carolina?

Why We Sponsor Coast FA, the Largest Soccer Club at the Beach!

Strand Security is a proud sponsor of Coast FA

As local business owners, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

There are several local charities we have supported over the past seven+ years.

We’ve also been involved in local fundraising projects, like that time we collected donations for the Louisiana flood victims.

A little over two years ago, we started a Self-Defense division of Strand Security and in those two years have provided over 20 classes for local girls and women in self-defense.

Last but not least, being a sponsor for the local soccer club allows us to help provide soccer programs to underprivileged children who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to play this incredible team sport.

Coast FA Year-Round Programs to Love

Coast Fa offers a variety of soccer programs year-round.

This includes the following programs

and more!

Go Myrtle Beach Mutiny!

Coast FA also owns the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, who plays from May-July in the PDL.

Follow the Myrtle Beach Mutiny Facebook Page to stay updated on home games played in North Myrtle Beach! Watching that level of soccer is a treat and especially since it doesn’t warrant much travel to see this team!

Coast Fa players get a chance to interact with many of these top-level players during summer camp!

Soccer Day Camps in June in Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island

You see, many of the Myrtle Beach Mutiny players are also the camp trainers!

If you are looking for a fun program for your young soccer players, check out the Coast FA summer day camps.

The first camps start next week! Take it from one soccer parent to another; your kids will have a blast.

 

 

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts This Week!

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Are You New To The Grand Strand or The Carolinas?

Welcome to the South! If you are new to South Carolina or North Carolina and this is your first summer in the south, you might be new to the Atlantic Hurricane season as well.

The Myrtle Beach area, where Strand Security is located, is a fast-growing area. New housing developments are popping out of the ground like mushrooms and new roads, intersections and schools are constructed so fast it’s hard to keep up with!

Many of the new residents to the Grand Strand are moving here from ‘up North’ as we locals say. That means that many new residents are unfamiliar with hurricane season, hurricane prep and hurricane readiness.

No worries, Strand Security is here to help you navigate hurricane prep!

The Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts on June 1, 2018

This coming week is the start of hurricane season in case you didn’t know.

The 2018 hurricane season runs from June 1, 2018, to November 30, 2018.

Hurricane activity has already been spotted and this 2018 hurricane season is expected to more active than usual!

What does that mean? It means that there is a higher chance of a hurricane affecting the Carolinas and thus affecting you, our fellow Grand Strand residents. Fortunately, those who have lived here their whole lives, and those who’ve experienced and lived through hurricanes, are always happy to share their knowledge with those who are new to the area.

Why ‘reinvent the wheel’ when you can learn from past mistakes and triumphs?! 

Preparing in June Is Important Especially For New South Carolina Residents

As the hurricane season is usually not too active in June, this is a great time to do your research on what it will take to be ready and prepared for when a hurricane does head towards the Carolinas.

You will need to get a handle on what supplies are needed and when to start collecting a hurricane kit.

Here are 4 things you can start on in June, even if there is no hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean!

  1. Research the need for a generator. Purchase your generator this month if possible if you decide to buy one.
  2. Check and/or update your homeowner’s insurance policy and the need for flood and/or wind and hail insurance.
  3. Find out if you’ll need hurricane shutters or plywood boards and order them now! (ask your neighbors!)
  4. Talk to your security company and get a backup battery for your system ordered ASAP

Protecting People, Places, and Pets During The Next Hurricane

Next, start on your plans for evacuations and or staying.

Think about creating hurricane plans for

  • people
  • your home and business
  • pets

We have created an amazing resource for you this year!

Check out this FREE DOWNLOADABLE 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners!

2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners

Standing By For the next Hurricane, Prepared, Gives You Peace of Mind!

Why should you think about hurricane prep when there is no hurricane in sight?

Here is why!

As soon as there is a named hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, people panic.

Weather channels will regurgitate information, locals will run to the stores to purchase hurricane supplies and you’ll be overwhelmed with helpful and not-s-helpful hurricane preparedness advice.

Take it from us – do your homework now.

[Not to mention that any insurance policy you’d take out won’t be in effect that close to a natural disaster!]

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! 

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 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

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