Is Cheap Home Security an Oxymoron?

cheap home security

Do You Need a Security System But Think You Can’t Afford It?

If you think you need a security system, you probably have done some due diligence on crime rates in your street, neighborhood, town, and county.  People come to us for security systems for some of the following reasons.

The last reason is what we hate to see happen to anyone!

People call us after they’ve had a home invasion, burglary or experienced personal violence. They are scared, worried, traumatized by the recent experience and need to feel secure and protected once again.

There’s not always a budget for a security system when crime happens, which of course always happens unexpectedly.

Today, we’d like to talk to you about cheap home security.

Is there such a thing as cheap home security, or is it an oxymoron? 

Is There Such a Thing as Cheap Home Security?

Well… the answer is yes.

Let’s get this straight.

“You get what you pay for.”

Having said that, here are some ideas for cheap home security (and the limitations each option brings).

  • Get a dog. Dogs aren’t free, of course, but having a dog will deter potential burglars. They’d rather go to the next house than confront a dog.
  • Put up fake security cameras. This again is a cheap solution and might give you a false sense of security. Will it deter some crime? Sure! Will it help you during a crime? Not at all.
  • Put your inside lights on timers and outdoor lights on sensors. When criminals are casing houses to break into, they will look for signs of activity. If you have lights going on and off, they might skip your home.
  • Add loud sensor alarms to your windows and doors. This will not prevent any crime, but it will alert you, the homeowner, to a crime in progress.

Adding any of these options to your home will give you a bit more security and most likely a bit more peace of mind. These are not perfect solutions by any stretch, but if you are limited on funds, these options are a good place to start.

Can A Home Security System Be Cheap and Good At the Same Time?

Yes and yes!

Home security systems come in all shapes, sizes, and brands. They run the gamut in equipment fees, monitoring fees, and smart-home intergration.

We can install a very basic home security system that you can afford. We offer great monitoring rates with the best monitoring service. We trust not just our customers with COPS monitoring, but our own family as well!

How Should You Decide On a Security System?

The best way to decide on a security system is to read this article; ‘What is the best home security system?’

This article features 5 questions you, as a homeowner, should answer before picking up the phone and calling us.

Once you have an idea of what you want, what you can afford and what you need, we are ready to talk shop with you!

What Type Of Security Can You Get on A Limited Budget?

Even on a limited budget, you should be able to get a solid security system to fit your needs.

We recommend budgeting for a monthly monitoring fee to get a complete package and the best service and security.

Interested to know why we work with COPS monitoring?
Check out these two articles.

Dispatchers standing by 24/7 monitoring with COPS for your security!
Our assets are monitored by COPS

How To Get The Best Cheap Home Security for Your Budget

#1 Work with a local, locally owned security company. We can not stress the importance of this enough!
#2 Check the company out online. Read reviews, check their website and social media channels.
#3 Ask about technician experience. Anyone who is proud of their work will tell you how long they’ve been in the business and why!
#4 Call your local chamber or the BBB for recommendations. Any legitimate business will be registered and most likely be active in the community.
#5 Ask for current specials and promotions. Some companies run online promotions you might not know about when you call. They most likely will be happy to give you that promotion. All you have to do is ask.

We are here for the Myrtle Beach, Horry County, and Georgetown County communities.

Give us a call today, or any day.

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

January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

Myrtle Beach Self Defense Classes

Do you Know How To Defend Yourself?

January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness month! We want YOU to be safe and secure at all times and this month we teamed up with another local business, Karate World, to bring FREE self-defense to our community.

FREE self defense class Myrtle Beach

This past weekend we brought together a great group of local people, including five children who together learned how to kick, squeeze, pinch, punch, push and chop themselves out of potential danger!

FREE Myrtle Beach Self Defense Class

One of the main things we teach during these introductory self-defense classes is to try to PREVENT an assault before it happens.
As Master Jason quoted in class

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

This certainly applies to self-defense.

The Importance of Giving Back to our Myrtle Beach Community

Heather, owner at Strand Security knows first-hand the importance of self-defense training. She credits self-defense training with saving her life when she was confronted by a criminal at gunpoint several years back. You can read her story of survival here.

It took her several years to overcome the trauma of that event. She’s now determined to bring self-defense to any and all who want it, need it or might like to know it!

The local community, as well as the local news, is taking notice of her mission!

⭐️ Heather was interviewed by WMBF News nearly two years ago when she started Myrtle Beach Self Defense.

⭐️ WBTW News 13 came out this past weekend to do a story on the FREE class.

Teaching Self-Defense At Coastal Carolina University

Since January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness month, Myrtle Beach Self Defense, a division of Strand Security, is teaching self-defense classes to anyone who is interested.

Last week, MBSD hosted a special class at Coastal Carolina University with about 25 sorority sisters in attendance.

Myrtle Beach Self Defense at Coastal Carolina University

We Can Bring Self-Defense To Your Group, Organization, Association, Neighborhood, Business Location, School, or Church!

We are mobile and would love to bring our self-defense class to you. Get in contact with Heather today!

You can email Heather at or give her a call at 843-318-1192 today and schedule your class.

Learning and knowing self-defense helps with self-confidence, awareness, and personal safety issues.

Who do you know that needs to learn self-defense?

Intermediate Self-Defense Class Coming in February

Once this busy month has passed, we are moving right into Intermediate Self-Defense on February 10 for those of our past class participants who want to learn more! We will go over some basic self-defense moves and add ground defense moves to the mix!

You can sign up for this self-defense class through this link – or by connecting with Heather at 843-318-1192 or

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



What is the Best Home Security System?

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Are You In The Market For A New Home Security System?

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!

What Makes A Security System The Best Home Security System?

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!

best home security system available to you

1) What is The Best Home Security System For The Size and Location of Your Home?

What type of system you need, and want, depends on your home; the size, layout, and location.

Here are some factors to consider.

  • Do you own your home?
  • Are you renting?
  • Are you in an apartment or condo?
  • Do you live in a city, neighborhood, or in a rural community?
  • How old is your home?
  • What is the square footage of your home?
  • How many exit doors?
  • How many floors do you have?
  • How many bedrooms?
  • Do you have a garage?
  • Is it detached or attached?

Next, let’s talk money!

2) What is The Best Home Security System That Fits Your Financial Budget?

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!

3) What is The Best Home Security System For Your Intended Usage?

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.

4) What is The Best Home Security System To Integrate With Your Current Installed Technology?

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.

5) What is The Best Home Security System To Compliment Your Family’s Needs?

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.

Give us at Strand Security a call today!

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


How To Prevent Your Bike From Being Stolen

How to prevent your bike from being stolen

Are You Asking Santa For A Bike?

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

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!)

  • 84% of Dutch people own at least one bicycle
  • With 17 million inhabitants, the Dutch own 22.3 million bicycles
  • The Dutch collectively ride 15 billion kilometers every year, which comes out to more than 9 billion miles!
  • 27% of all trips in the Netherlands are by bicycle
  • Hundreds of thousands bicycles are stolen every year.

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.

Bicycles Are Easy To Steal

How Can You Prevent Your Bike From Being Stolen?

There are ways to make it harder for a thief to ride off with your possession!

1) Always Lock Your Bicycle

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.

2) Use Multiple Locks!

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!

3) Use a Certified Lock

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?

4) Secure the Lock  High on Your Bicycle

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.

5) Secure Your Bike To a Stationary Object

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.

6) Secure the Bicycle Frame, Not Just a Wheel

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.

7) Choose a Well-lit and Safe Location to Leave Your Bicycle

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.

8) At Home, Install Security Cameras Near Your Bike Storage

Cameras are your friend! Install security cameras in your garage, trained on your bicycle and other valuables.

9) Add a GPS Tracker to Your Bicycle

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.

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

New Baby? You Need More Security and Home Safety

more security and safety with new baby in the home

Congrats, You Are New Parents!

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.

How Do You Keep Your Home Safe for Your New Baby?

Here are a few tips we’ve gathered from the experts i.e other parents and security professionals.

  1. Install a security system with HD cameras and remote access
  2. Use a mobile app to check-in on babysitter and baby from work or wherever you might be
  3. Connect your fire alarm and CO2 detectors to your monitored alarm system
  4. Connect door alarms to your home security system to alert you when any outside door is opened
  5. Connect a pool alarm to your system so you know when someone (or something) enters your pool
  6. Use timers for lights and also install motion-detecting lights to deter criminals
  7. Install childproof locks on cabinets that hold household cleaning supplies and chemicals
  8. Keep all guns locked up at all times in a gun safe
  9. Teach older children to not open the door to strangers

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.

How do you keep your home safe for your baby?

How Do You Keep Your Home Secure for Your New Baby?

  1. Make sure your security system is monitored by a trust-worthy monitoring station with a quick response time.
  2. Install and use a baby video monitor in baby’s room to check on baby when at home, or add an extra security camera to your system to monitor baby from anywhere in the home and while away from home.
  3. Add additional smoke detectors near your bedroom and baby’s room
  4. Insist on background checks on all your domestic help, including your babysitter
  5. When having work done on your home, be sure to double check that all windows and doors are secured and locked at the end of each day
  6. Each night, do an evening walk-through check to secure your home
  7. If you’ve just moved into a new home because you needed more room for baby, get all locks changed immediately


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!

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


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