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Tips on How To Prevent and Survive A Home Invasion

How to prevent and survive a home invasion Myrtle Beach Home Security

From Holiday Fun To Holiday Tragedy In The Blink of An Eye!

From one minute to the next, you and your family could be faced with a tragedy instead of a fun Christmas day and week.

Home invasions are more prevalent around the holidays and we are here to remind you to stay vigilant and prepared to prevent a home invasion from happening. If an intruder does happen to invade your home, we want you to know what to do!

Here is a scenario that might sound familiar to you.

Busiest Time of The Year at Your Home!

Maybe you had a new dishwasher installed so that when company is here for Christmas, you are prepared.
Maybe you had an installer in your home to replace your washer and dryer as a gift to yourself.
Maybe you had an HVAC mechanic in your home to do your winter HVAC maintenance.
Maybe UPS, FEDEX or the USPS stopped by with deliveries of long-expected packages.
Really… people in and out of your home all day, all week.
People might even have noticed the hustle and bustle from outside of your home, noticing the deliveries made as they drove by.
You didn’t really keep track of everybody, right?
It’s the perfect storm scenario!
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your lack of a security system.
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your lack of a dog.
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your valuables like TVs, computers and expensive phones.
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your expensive watch and diamond ring.
It really doesn’t matter how it happened, but somehow you ended up on a home invasion hit list!
A home invasion is an illegal and usually forceful entry to an occupied, private dwelling with intent to commit a violent crime against the occupants, such as robbery, assault, rape, murder, or kidnapping

Home Invasion Do’s and Don’ts

If you THINK or KNOW someone has entered your home and they haven’t spotted you, there are things to do IMMEDIATELY.
If your dog sounds the alarm, don’t ignore but check it out! Often they can hear or spot an intruder before you do!
Listen to your gut and take action.
  • Get your kids and spouse and go!
  • Leave the home by a backdoor if possible or lock yourself in a room, bathroom or closet and call 911 immediately. Stay on the phone with them until police arrive.
We asked the police what we can we do as homeowners to prevent a home invasion from happening.
Here is what they told us.
1. Lights, Lights, LIGHTS! (Burglars and intruders love dark areas)
2. Alarms (Make sure to set yours if you have a system!)
3. Neighborhood watches are great deterrents.
5. Install cameras to check in to your home even if you aren’t home.

Be Safe. Be Secure. Be Alert!

We hope your holidays are happy and bright, merry and fun and that a home invasion is not something you have to deal with.

We recommend going over a family emergency plan with your kids and spouse yearly and discuss fires, home invasions, burglaries, floods and other disasters with your family.

A prepared family has a much greater chance of survival!

From our family to yours this holiday season…

Strand Security Myrtle Beach Alarm Company

How Burglars Know You Have a Dog and Why They Care!

Owning a Dog Is A Deterrent For a Potential Burglar

How Burglars Know You Have a Dog and Why They Care

How is that for a bold statement?

It’s true!

“If I saw a sticker for a home security system, that would have been enough of a deterrent recalls London. “Once, we broke into a house and an alarm went off. We immediately turned around and just ran.” Stickers for a home security system are one trick; another is a trusty BEWARE OF DOGS posting. “Dogs certainly would have discouraged me from breaking in, even though I knew my way around dogs,” points out London. If you happen to love dogs and can afford a home surveillance system, by all means go for it! But if you’re allergic or cash is tight, fake it with signs. Dummy surveillance cameras enhance the illusion and are not difficult to put up.

 

Read the full interview with this former burglar here.

How You Can Let a Potential Burglar Know You Have a Dog

Burglars do not like dogs! Myrtle Beach Alarm Systems

There are several ways you can show anyone ‘casing’ your home that you have a dog!

1. ‘Beware of Dog’ Sign

This is an easy one and of course you do not not have to own a dog to put up a sig like that!

2. Barking Sound

Most dogs will ‘alert’ to anyone coming on their property uninvited. Leaving your dog at home during the day – when most break-ins happen – should deter any potential burglar. If you do not have a dog, you could invest in a sound machine that replicates the sound of dogs barking to go off when someone triggers the device by stepping too close to your home when you aren’t around. That should also make someone think twice about breaking in!

3. Dog Toys

Nothing quite screams ‘a dog lives here’ like a few random dog chew toys scattered in your front and back yard!

4. Fence and/or Dog Lead

A fenced back yard with dog chew toys, and a water bowl certainly will deter a burglar. The same goes for a dog lead in the back or front yard with a water bowl nearby!


A Burglar Does Not Like To Encounter Dogs, S/he Wants To Avoid Dogs!

Why is this? Dogs are ‘complications, distractions and hazards’.
The goal of any burglar is to enter a home undetected and to get out with their ‘prize’ as quickly and as quietly as possible!

Dogs foil those plans…

  • Dogs in a home make it harder to enter
  • Dogs in a home make it harder to stay undetected
  • Dogs in a home make it harder to walk around and burglarize

 

A Burglar Will Avoid a Home With a Dog

Confessions and secrets from a real burglar

“The two things I hate most: Loud dogs and nosy neighbors.”

 

Truth!

We aren’t telling you to get a dog.

Pretending there’s a dog in the home should deter a burglar as well.

However, if you’ve been thinking about getting a dog, check out these cute videos of dogs caught on (security) cameras while their owners were at work!

Your dog could be the next internet star…;)

5 Reasons Why Security Cameras Rock!

5 reasons why security cameras rock!

Do I Need Security Cameras?

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!

 

Security System Value

A security system linked to a monitoring station gives you the following value

 

» Signs of installed system deters would-be thieves

» Sound of active system deters would-be thieves

» Almost instant notification of authorities when needed

» Peace of mind knowing help is on the way

» Your home and/or business is protected and monitored even when you aren’t there

 

I should go without saying that your security is only as safe and your system only as good as the company you are working with. If you are new to security systems, read this article on how to find a good security company to work with and the signs to look for when you interact with different companies to see if it’s a good fit.

Security Camera Added Value

By installing security cameras along with your system, they can add this value to your existing system. Here are 5 reasons why security cameras rock and once you have them, we know you’ll never want to live without ever again!

They

» Help determine false alarms

» Record video stream of what’s happening outside of your home to catch would-be thieves

» Aid Law Enforcement with identifying and arresting a suspect if a break-in did happen

» Live stream video of your pet (or petsitter) while you aren’t home

» Live stream video of your kids and babysitter to ensure their safety and monitor behavior

5 reasons why security cameras rock! Get yours installed by the Strand Security team.

Security Cameras for Business

It goes without saying that adding security cameras to your business provides another whole level of security!

Security cameras at your place of business can help you monitor

‌• cash registers

‌• employee behavior

‌• customer behavior

‌• merchandise

‌• stockroom

‌• staff lunch room

‌• parking lots

 

and much much more, leaving you with either live streaming and recordings, or recordings of each feed.

In the end, security cameras will most likely pay for themselves and save you money by identifying thieves, problem areas and prevent loss.

 

Talk to us at Strand Security if you are in need of security cameras in the Myrtle beach or Maryland areas!

Contact Strand Security today

 

 

Safety First! Make a Family Emergency Plan Today!

Does Your Family Have a Family Emergency Plan Yet?

Safety First! Create a Family Emergency Plan Today!

An emergency is just that; ‘an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action.’

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.

Plan for an Emergency by Doing Drills!

With kids going back to school this month, we thought it would be a good idea to review some family emergency plans. Just like your kids will be exposed to fire drills, earthquake drills, tornado drills, bomb drills or, at least here in South Carolina we do them; hurricane drills, at their schools. You should be planning for a home emergency as well by doing these types of drills with a written out plan, at  your home!


On the website ‘disastercenter.com’ we learn that

  • Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
  • Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. Learn more about Family Disaster Plans by contacting your local emergency management office or your local American Red Cross chapter.

We then went to the Red Cross site and according to the Red Cross, creating a family emergency plan is “important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.

The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:

  • Meet with your family or household members.
  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
  • If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.

To read the full Red Cross article, click here.

 

FEMA also has some valuable information. They have created two downloadable family communication plans as PDFs, one for parents and one for kids.
Family Communication Plan for Kids
Family Communication Plan for Parents

These would be a great starting point for any family who doesn’t have a family emergency plan yet!


Do These Four Things To Keep Your Family Save in Time of Disaster and Emergency

To round out this article, here are four things to keep in mind and take care of today!

  1. Find out what can happen to you and your family.
  2. Create a family disaster plan.
  3. Complete your checklists.
  4. Practice and maintain your plan.

4 steps to creating and executing a family emergency plan

If you do all of these, you can rest just a bit easier when disaster strikes!

EDIT: March 2017

We received a beautiful email from a Girl Scout Troop. The girls in the troop are currently working on their first aid badges and we they have been talking about emergency preparedness.  Our article provided a ton of info for the girls. In their research, they found another helpful resource. Today, we are happy to share it with you, too.

Check out this article by BePrepared.com

CREATE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY

Get ready! You can never be too prepared!

 

Contact Strand Security today

 

Dogs Home Alone and Caught on Camera

Do you know what your dog is doing while you are not home?

Dogs home alone and caught on camera

You might have already seen one or two of these YouTube videos we’re about to show you! Dogs do the darnest things! These lovely pets, or should we say  sometimes ‘naughty’ pets were caught on video by their curious owners. We’re also going to show you how sad one of the dogs is when her owner leaves. You can, of course, set up a camera and let it run while you are away to find out once you’re home and have downloaded the footage what your dog was up to. Did you know there’s a better way? At Strand Security, we offer the latest in technology and that includes Honeywell Total Connect™ for customers who want to know what’s going on with their pet, in real time!

Have you seen these funny videos? We love them!

Here is the first video. It shows a Beagle home alone! Turns out, this is a super smart dog.


In the second video, you’ll find a dog taking a dip in the family pool by using the water slide!


Now here’s the sad dog!

Aren’t you just a bit curious about your own dog and what s/he is doing while you are at the beach, shopping, at work or running errands?

Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services

If you have a dog (or a teen – hey, why not?) and if you want instant access to live video of your home via your Smartphone or tablet, we highly recommend you come talk to us, Strand Security Systems in Myrtle Beach, about HoneyWell Total Connect™. We can give you a demonstration in our showroom, or you can watch this video demonstration right now which shows you numerous other ways Honeywell Total Connect™ can enhance your lifestyle!

From the Honeywell website:

“Live video; log on and look in” – View live video on up to six cameras at a time—a great way to keep an eye on your kids, elderly relatives, pets and property.

Your security IS our business. Talk to us and let us know how we can help you!

 

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