5 Quick and Easy Security Tips for New Homeowners

5 Quick and easy Security tips for FOR NEW HOMEOWNERS in Myrtle Beach

Congrats; You Just Bought A  New Home!

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!

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Here are our Top 5 Security Tips for New Home Owners

🔴 Change the locks, all of them!

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.

🔴 Meet your neighbors

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.

🔴 Write down emergency numbers

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.

🔴 Stay aware of current crime stats for your neighborhood, city and county

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.

🔴 Purchase a security system

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!

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

 

These 3 Security Camera Stats Will Make You Feel Safe!

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Is Big Brother Watching You?

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.

Why You Need Home Security Cameras to Stay Safe!

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!

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Security cameras help prevent crimes.

Public Security Cameras and What They Pick up!

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. 

Here are 3 ways security cameras help keep you and yours safe; on the go and in your neighborhood!

🔴 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.

Criminals Do Not Like Security Cameras

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!

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9 Smart Tips To Secure Your Restaurant Patio Immediately

9 smart tips to secure your restaurant patio Myrtle Beach

How Do You Secure Your Restaurant Patio and Keep Your Customers and Employees Safe?

🔴 If you are a business owner with a restaurant, there are some very specific challenges you deal with, least of all security and safety of your staff and location.

🔴 If you offer outdoor seating at your restaurant, that restaurant patio will come with its own security and safety issues (as you might already know if you own such a venture).

🔴 If you are new to owning a restaurant, or need to fix some ongoing safety and security issues, and are interested in adding a patio, read on!

Safety First, Security a Close Second!

Staff and customer safety should be most important, so let us start with potential restaurant patio safety concerns. Here are some safety concerns to consider.

Smoking

If you allow smoking on your restaurant patio, be prepared for potential fire safety issues. You will need to provide portable ashtrays and have a fire safety plan in place for your employees and review this plan often, especially with newly hired help. Also, have a fire extinguisher on hand and its location clearly marked.

Portable Heaters

These heaters are great for extending your outdoor seating season. They are also a great attraction to (young) children yet they are so dangerous as they can burn someone so quickly! Review the location of each heater and make sure your staff is fully aware and trained to avoid hitting these hot heaters while serving your customers. Having a designated ‘heater patrol’ staff member for each shift will prevent accidents like accidental overheating or leaving these heaters on overnight.

Outdoor Furniture

Not all furniture that states it is ‘Indoor/Outdoor’ furniture is suited for outdoor use. Metal furniture can heat up in the sun and cause burns. The glare off of glass table tops can also burn customers, or if the glass breaks it can cause a big problem for your customers and staff alike. Cushions that aren’t water repellant or aren’t meant to use outside can produce mold and mildew and untreated wood furniture like picnic tables that aren’t finished, can cause splinters. Just be cautious as you pick the outdoor furniture for your patio and be diligent as to keeping it clean and functional.

Restaurant Patio Security

Plants and Trees

Certain plants and trees are poisonous. Make sure to speak with a master gardener who is familiar with your local flora and can steer you towards the right plants, trees and shrubs to plant near and on your patio. Even common house plants can be poisonous and have poisonous leaves. It would only take a minute for a child, or a pet, to eat these and get sick.

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Dogs

As far as safety is concerned, allowing dogs on your outdoor seating area, your restaurant patio, can land you in a precarious situation. The most important thing to remember is to have a pet policy in place and train your staff to adhere to this policy, no matter what you decide – to allow or to disallow. If you do allow dogs on your outdoor seating area, have water dishes handy and even some dog-friendly treats on the menu. Be aware that trained service animals should never be denied access to your restaurant.

Road or Water Hazard

If you patio is near a road, or near water, make sure to have adequate fencing or any type of barrier in place, as well as clearly marked warning signs. Parents with small children should be made aware of the dangers of the traffic and/or water nearby as to keep a close eye on them.

Now that you understand some of the restaurant patio safety concerns, let’s look at the security issues. 

Restaurant Patio Security Issues

The main security issue of an outdoor seating area or restaurant patio is theft. This can mean people leaving without paying, or theft of cash and furniture. A close second security issue is personal safety.

Here are some deterrents and equipment to help you keep your restaurant patio, and your outdoor staff, secure at all times.

Security Cameras

Security cameras trained on your personnel can keep them safe from harm, but it can also help you keep your business secure as you can monitor your staff at the cash register, the bar, the kitchen etc. preventing mistakes and theft.

Security cameras on the patio can help monitor your outdoor area for theft and vandalism during off hours, when the restaurant is closed. Tie the cameras into your security system and you should be able to monitor this area in real time, for example using the Honeywell Total Connect™ app.

Panic Buttons

We have found that most outdoor seating areas do not have a point of sale area; those are mostly left inside for obvious security reasons. However, your staff does work outside and their safety and security is important enough that you should consider adding panic buttons in strategic areas (easy to reach, easy to disguise) on your patio in case of an assault, fight, theft, or robbery. Training your staff will be important for these panic buttons to be effective.

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Flood Lights

Lights add a layer of security – no criminal wants to be in the spotlight! We suggest you instal motion-sensitive floodlights on your patio to trigger when trespassers enter the private patio area during off hours.

Enjoy your summer – enjoy your outdoor seating, but above all, enjoy a thriving business without safety or security issues! 

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

 

100 Top Security Blogs You Need To Read Now

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Do You Want To Keep Your  Family and Business Safe and Secure?

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”

We Are A Top 100 Home Security Blogs Winner!

Check out the full list here and don’t forget that we are listed on this International List; how super exciting is that? If you do a quick scroll, we are number #86.

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.

Our Top 5 Strand Security Blog Articles

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.

1) Safety First! Make a Family Emergency Plan Today.

“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.”

2) 5 Hot Summer Security Tips to Keep You Safe While Having Fun

“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?”

3) 6 Awesome Sonos Tips for Sports Fans Everywhere

“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!”

4) It Happened To Me: How I Survived an Armed Robbery

“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!”

We Answer Your Security Questions! Ask Away!

If you have questions about our services, a product or anything else pertaining to security and safety, please ask us!

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

 

5 Crucial Summer Security Tips You Absolutely Need To Know

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Summer Time = Burglary Time!

What?

Yes!

Check out some of these statistics.

 

  • 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.

 

Isn’t that a bit… shocking?

Here is one more:

Most burglaries happen between 10 AM & 3 PM!

Secure your home during the day! Most burglaries happen between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM! Myrtle Beach security

Summer Fun = Empty Home!

Whether you are single, have young kids, teens or are retired; summer time means more time spent outdoors and more time away from home. Especially here on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, people go to the beach, waterpark, out to eat and have fun on the water during the evenings, weekends and during their summer vacation time.

What that does is leave an empty home…

Perfect for those who needs some extra cash aka burglars!

What should you, as a home owner (or renter) do?

Take preventative measures, of course.

Nothing you do can 100% guarantee that your home is safe from burglars, but we can tell you that taking some steps to secure your home will make the chance of your home being of the list of burglarized homes much, much smaller!

We like those odds. If you do, too, read the next five security tips and then implement them, STAT!

Your empty home means an opportunity for a burglar!

Here are 5 Crucial Summer Security Tips

  1. Lock up your home and set your alarm. Do this every time you leave your home. Whether you go out for 15 minutes, 5 hours or overnight – all it takes is a few minutes for someone to break in!
  2. Don’t advertise on social media that you will be away. Seriously – hold the airport pictures, the tropical vacation pictures and the ‘we are away’ posts until after you are back.
  3. Install cameras in your home, not just your office/work building. Cameras will tell the truth as to whom is in your home and will help police catch thieves quicker.
  4. Install GPS trackers on your RV, four wheeler, boat and cars. Do you like to hold on to your assets? Maybe you’ve worked really hard for those toys? Four wheelers, boats, RVs, sports cars – you like them? So do thieves! These ‘toys’ of yours have a great resale value. GPS trackers help the police locate and retrieve your stolen items!
  5. Hire a house sitter or stop all deliveries! Nothing says ‘we’re not home’ like piled up mail, empty garbage cans left at the curb, packages left on the front porch overnight, and old newspapers on your lawn. Either stop any and all deliveries, or hire a house sitter to come by every day to take care of those things for you!

Summer Security = Strand Security!

Let us help you!

We have C.O.P.S. standing by to help monitor and protect the people you love and the things you’ve worked hard for. Don’t let criminals get away with ruining your summer fun!

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

 

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