5 Tips for Securing Your Home While You Travel

5 tips for securing your home while you travel

Leaving Worries Behind When You Travel

How much luggage do you take on vacation?

Do you travel light or fully loaded?

However you travel, and what you bring, says a lot about your personality! 

The same is true about what you do to prepare before you go on your planned trip.

Prepare Your Home for Peace of Mind

Nothing, nothing, nothing can prepare you for the shock of coming home from a relaxing vacation or successful business trip to find your home ransacked, broken into and your belongings gone and riffled through.

We all know that saying

“When disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed”

So what are the things you can do to prepare you home for when you leave, even just for the weekend?

 "When disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed"

Here is a list of 5 tips to secure your home when you travel.

1. Active Your Alarm System

This is such a simple tip, yet many people do not use their alarm system when they go out of town, sometimes just for the convenience of those who are left to care for the house.

Rather than show their caretakers the proper use of their system, they chose to not use it at all. Many a petsitter, housecleaner or lawn caretaker has had to call the police and homeowner to report a break-in. Don’t be that homeowner! Active your system when you leave town.

2. Light Up Your House

Putting several of your indoor lights on timers and use motion detecting sensors on your outdoor lights are two easy ways to light up your house! Burglars do not want the ‘spotlight’ on them and they often will quickly retreat if outdoor sensor lights come on. Indoor lights on timers indicate someone might be home, also deterring burglars from breaking in.

3. Pick Up Mail and Deliveries

Nothing say ‘hey, I am not home’ as a large pile of unread newspapers on your lawn! Therefore, stop your newspaper delivery and your mail delivery, unless you have someone come in to take the mail inside your home every other dy. Also, make sure to time package deliveries for after your return!

4. Be ‘Safe’, Not Sorry

To avoid losing important papers, in case of a fire or break-in, we suggest you keep important papers and valuable items in a bank safety deposit box. Especially when you are out of town on a longer trip might this one security measure give you peace of mind.

5. Communicate With Your Neighbors

Tell your direct neighbors you’ll be away and for how long and ask them to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. You’d be surprised how well aware your neighbors are of your routine. Many a break-in has been reported (and some prevented) by watchful neighbors. Make sure at least one of your neighbors has a way of reaching you (by phone) in case of a home disaster. (fire, flood)

 

Next time you go away for a relaxing vacation, don’t forget to not just pack your suitcase, but also prepare your home! Contact Strand Security today

I Live in a Safe Neighborhood; Do I Still Need a Security System?

How do you protect your home?

How Do You Protect Your Home?

No matter what town or city you live in, some neighborhoods just have a better reputation than others. If you happen to be one of the lucky people to reside in a known ‘safe’ neighborhood, do you still need a security system for your home? What about if your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch, or a security patrol? How about if your neighborhood has a safety patrol as well as fences and 24/7 security guards at the gates?

Who protects your home when you are not around? Trust Strand Security to install your security system and monitor your home or business!

These are questions we get asked often and today we will answer them for you!

What Do You Should Know About Your Neighborhood Security

If your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch, a security patrol, or security guards, more often than not these are ‘governed’ (and paid) through your homeowners association. To find answers and details about your neighborhood’s security, contacting your HOA is the first step we recommend. If you do not have an HOA or neighborhood watch, information about crime rates in your area should be available through your local police department.

I live in a safe neighborhood; do I still need a security system?

From your HOA, you should be able to get details on

  • hours of patrol
  • where (specific route/streets) the patrols take place
  • manpower
  • security cameras
  • neighborhood/community access restrictions

and more.

 

Details and stats on previous break-ins (cars and homes), vandalism and other issues should be recorded somewhere in the HOA meeting minutes if they have been discussed. We certainly recommend that your community management company is upfront and forthcoming with details about these issues as information becomes available.

For example, if there was a rash of overnight car break-ins, you’d want to know so you can double check your own vehicles that following night, correct? Does your HOA send out an email blast when this occurs? There has to be a way your HOA communicates with you and your neighbors about safety issues.

So step one is to find out how easy it is to get access to your community and neighborhood and what the crime rate is in your neighborhood.

Your Neighbors’ Security Habits

Next up, ask your direct neighbors about past crimes on your street and in your neighborhood. Especially if you are new to the neighborhood, getting this information is vital to your own security planning. We also recommend you not only ask your neighbors, but also watch their behavior.

  • Do garages stay open all day, or do people keep them closed?
  • Do your neighbors have dogs?
  • Do your neighbors bring their garbage cans back to their house?
  • Do your neighbors pick up their mail and newspapers daily?
  • Do your neighbors have security company signs in their yards?
  • Are there any strangers walking and driving around on your street?
  • How many work vans and unmarked vehicles do you see on any given day on your street?

If it sounds and feels like your neighbors feels secure, you need to figure out what makes your own home feel secure to you.

Neighbors protected by Strand Security Protected by SS 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it sounds and feels like your neighbors don’t feel secure in your neighborhood, you not only need to address your home security, but also your neighborhood security with your HOA or local police department. We encourage you te get involved and be an active participant in your overall security. Protect the ones you love!

A Home Security System Gives You Peace of Mind

Whether you live in a 24/7 guarded neighborhood, or in a high crime neighborhood, break-ins happen, everywhere. To keep you and your loved ones safe, invest in a home security system and you have the peace of mind to know that help is on the way immediately if something were to happen to your home!

Talk to us if you aren’t sure what system to get for your (new) home.

If you are a first time home buyer, check out this Ultimate First-Time Home Owner Security Check List.

Contact Strand Security today

Our Assets Are Monitored By COPS!

The Importance of a Security System

Our assets are monitoed by COPS monitoring because they are the best!

If you have assets, you want to protect them, right?

By assets we mean

  • family
  • employees
  • house(s)
  • office building(s)/store(s)
  • boat(s)
  • car(s)
  • business fleet

The best way to protect your assets is by securing them before disaster strikes.

This can be done with a security system, security cameras and GPS (vehicle) tracking.

Your Security Is As Good As Who Monitors It!

But guess what?

Yes, there’s a BUT in there…

Your security is ONLY as good as who monitors it.

That’s why here at Strand Security in Myrtle Beach and in Maryland, we rely on the BEST monitoring company ‘COPS Monitoring’ to help us protect our customers!

COPS Monitoring’s goal is to deliver an average priority alarm response time of 25 seconds or less.

In 2015, COPS annual average priority response time was 17.8 seconds!

Isn’t that a response rate you would want to have in time of emergency?

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COPS is Simply The Best!

We partner with COPS Monitoring because they are the best in what they do and offer.

This is mainly so because their dispatchers!

COPS dispatchers are

  • hand-picked across 6 different regions across the US
  • best suited for their positions
  • drug tested
  • background checked
  • highly trained
  • confident
  • courteous
  • professional
  • helping to safeguard our customers
  • helping to uphold our reputation

and they help us keep you safe and secure 24/7, 365 days per year!

Our assets are monitored by COPS monitoring, the BEST monitoring station in the industry.

Why We Love and Work With COPS To Monitor Our Customers

While we consult with you, install your alarm system and maintain it, COPS Monitoring is who is keeping you safe!

COPS Monitoring is also part of the ESA, the Electronic Security Association which is the largest trade association in the United States!

COPS also has active ‘Paying it Forward’ campaigns running which are great for the communities these campaigns touch!

However, COPS states that ultimately, these campaigns of paying it forward pays them back because employees end up with a more positive attitude, higher productivity, better attendance and less turnover!

Their tagline reads ‘Our people make the difference.‘ and we wholeheartedly agree!

COPS offers

  • security alarm monitoring
  • fire alarm monitoring
  • personal two-way monitoring
  • video monitoring
  • environmental, process and custom monitoring

In 2014, COPS Monitoring received the Central Station Alarm Association’s (CSAA) Central Station of the Year award. The CSAA is a trade association representing companies providing Central Station protection services.

The award recognizes outstanding companies who perform in the highest professional manner, thereby making a significant contribution to the betterment of the alarm industry and the alarm profession while demonstrating exceptional service to their customers and community.

How You Can Have The Best Monitoring Service?

It’s easy!

Connect with us at Strand Security and get the best!
We will ‘hook you up’ with COPS Monitoring for peace of mind and the best security monitoring in the industry!

Contact Strand Security today

Apple Music on Sonos Speakers

Sonos And Apple Join Forces

Apple Music on SONOS Speakers

There is a new way to listen to your favorite songs on your Sonos sound system! Sonos has the competitive edge with Apple Music! At least 6.5 million people use it and now with Apple Music integration, you will have more options for music. What better way to listen to that music than on your Sonos multi-room audio system!

We at Strand Security have introduced Sonos to you before. We have also invited you to come experience the audio system first hand in our state of the art showroom. Now, if you have missed out on our introduction in the past, we are going to review Sonos again. Because this product is the best, we can’t help it. 😉

 

Sonos

Sonos are powered speakers that can stream music anywhere in your house. The speakers can be located in as many different zones in the house as you want, and can play the same music across all zones, or different music in different zones. How cool it that. Many business owners use Sonos speakers in their establishments such as restaurants and retail stores!

Sonos makes a variety of sizes that can compliment any area you prefer.

The speakers are wireless and transport clear and polished HiFi sound.

The speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services, which now includes Apple music!

You can use the Sonos app on your PC, tablet or smartphone to control the music. The Sonos app allows you to explore, play, and control music, to your preference!

Sonos has the most diverse speakers and is the most sophisticated music streaming system.

Visit Strand Security of Myrtle Beach to get a live look at how Sonos works.

Sonos was featured as a product of the month in our showroom!

Now that we have reintroduced Sonos, lets discuss Apple music…

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Apple Music

Apple Music is a new streaming music service. Instead of downloading music, you can now stream music with Apple. Similar to competitors like Pandora, you’ve heard of them, right?

Some might have been worried that they would have to change out their Sonos speakers for some Apple friendly audio streaming systems. But, no worries now! By the end of 2015 Sonos devices started streaming and playing Apple Music.

“For Apple Music Members, the collection you own and love is just the beginning. Now you can also listen to the tens of millions of tracks in the Apple Music library. Our dedicated team of experts is here to help you find new music to love. Enjoy recommendations handpicked just for you or explore everything they find that’s new and noteworthy in the world of music. It’s all yours.” 

For more information on Apple Music, click here.

For help setting up Apple Music, use the following steps…

  • Open the Sonos app
  • Click on “Settings” then “Advanced Settings”
  • Click “Beta Program”
  • Click “Join the Beta Program”
  • Update the Sonos system
  • Add Apple Music from the “Add Music Services” menu

Now that you can stream the best songs with Apple Music on your Sonos speakers, why not show off a little! With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, your sound system would help you throw the tailgate party of the century! 

 

Smart Homeowners Get SmartHome Demos in Myrtle Beach

Strand Security Wants You to Visit Their New Showroom in Myrtle Beach

Are you interested in making an investment for your home, but are unsure if it is right for you? Would you like to see up close and personal how your investment will work, before you spend your hard earned cash?

Strand Security wants you to know exactly what you are getting into if you purchase from them. That is why they have set up a showroom that will guide you through the ins and outs of products such as… Sonos, the BEAM Central Vac, Honeywell Total Connect, and Z-Wave.

 

Smart Homeowners get SmartHome Demos in Myrtle Beach

Therefore, if you are interested in these products, take a look at the following brief overviews and then come into our showroom in Murrells Inlet for a detailed look and demonstration. Just give us a call at (843) 318-6392 to let us know you are coming!

BETTER WITH SONOS SPEAKERS

SONOS IN OUR SHOWROOM

New to our showroom are Sonos speakers! We are now an authorized Sonos dealer, how neat is that?
Listed by Oprah on her 2015 gift guide, Sonos speakers are amazing. Easy to set up and easy to use.

“Sonos is the smart speaker system that streams all your favorite music to any room, or every room. Control your music with one simple app, and fill your home with pure, immersive sound.”

This speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services. Sonos have a versatile design and can easily fit anywhere in your house that you want music. Control the music with the Sonos app on your tablet, PC or smartphone.

Visit our showroom to see Sonos in action!

Why you need a central vacuum in your home

BEAM Central Vac

Contemplating a central vacuum? We will SHOW you, in our SHOW ROOM!

This is why you should install a BEAM central vac…

Central vacuums are convenient! Are you sick of dragging a heavy and awkward canister vacuum around the house and even up the stairs?  Give your back a break and install a central vacuum. Another added bonus, the central vac canister only needs emptied about 2 to 3 times a year! They are also economical to install and will add value to the home. “Homebuyers are willing to pay 11-25% more for healthier homes.”

Central vacs improve indoor air quality! “BEAM central vac removes 100% of contacted dirt and dust. Only Beam is clinically proven to reduce allergy symptoms by up to 61%.”

Keeping your teenage driver safe on the roads

Honeywell Total Connect

Stay connected and in control with Honeywell Total Connect.

“With Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services, you can stay connected and in control of your home or business whenever you want, wherever you are. Control your security system, receive important alerts and true system status in real-time. How about tracking your teen? Sure you can! You can also view live video and remotely control Z-Wave enabled thermostats, lighting and locks on the same mobile devices you use each and every day.”

Isn’t it time to stop by our showroom and learn how to get connected?

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Z-Wave

What can you do with Z-Wave? With Z-Wave you can do plenty!
Strand Security of Myrtle Beach  can show you all about this product in their brand-new showroom!  “Z-Wave is a world-standard wireless technology that lets all your electronics talk to each other, and to you, via remote control.”  You can control lights, electrical outlets, fans, shades, drapes, irrigation, thermostats, security systems, door locks and more. 
Z-WAVE IS THE LEADING SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY THAT IS INSIDE EVERYDAY PRODUCTS LIKE LIGHTS, LOCKS, THERMOSTATS AND MUCH MORE.”
Z-WAVE will conserve energy, keep your home secure, and make home life more convenient and comfortable.

Check out Strand Security’s new showroom and we will demo any of the above products!

Contact Strand Security today

 

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