Can Cheap Security Systems Protect Me in an Emergency?

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If You Can’t Afford the Best Security System, Get What You Can Afford!

The question of whether cheap security systems can protect you in an emergency is a simple one.
The answer is ‘Yes, cheap security systems CAN protect you in an emergency, however…’

As always, there’s a caveat to such a question.

The ‘however‘ is what this article will focus on. Please read on.

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Last As Long

The problem with cheaply made products is that they are… well… cheap!

  • The materials used in cheap security systems is most likely not of the same grade as the more expensive units.
  • Corners will be cut with regards to research and testing cheaper units.

In other words, cheap security systems might not last as long and replacement costs can thus drive up your total cost.

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Always Integrate Well With Existing Hardware

If you are in the market for an upgrade and you want to go cheap, be forewarned that cheap systems often don’t integrate well with older systems or any system for that matter. Meaning, you might have to fork over more money because you might not be able to reuse existing hardware. Again, in the end, this will drive up the final cost.

Cheap Security Systems Might Break or Malfunction More Easily

Cheaply made does not always have to mean lesser quality.

When it does, however, and when cheap translates into broken or malfunctioning systems requiring maintenance, this, of course, comes at a cost.

As much as we like you, our customer, we really don’t want to come see you every month because of issues with a cheap security system. We much rather spend our time helping (new) customers set up new systems that will last a long, long time!

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Come with Good Warranties

When a system breaks to no fault of yours, warranties will allow for replacement units. That is, as long as you didn’t pick the cheapest security system without such warranty. In that case, you will be responsible for replacing units and again, cheap becomes expensive when you have these unexpected additional costs associated with your security system.


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Strand Security Offers Honeywell Total Connect Systems!

We work with many different brands and we stand behind every piece of equipment we install.

Have you checked out the Honeywell Total Connect systems and mobile apps?

We believe everyone can afford a security system; let us work within your budget!

What Cheap Security Systems Can Do!

If the security system is new and has been installed by a reputable dealer, even cheap security systems will

  • notify you of intruders
  • alarm when a fire breaks out
  • alert you to Carbon Monoxide poisoning

If you have a monitoring company like C.O.P.S. to keep you safe, you are in even better hands!

We invite you to give us a call to see how we may help you with the selection of the right security system for you and your budget!

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

 

How To Select The Best Door Alarm To Keep My Assets Safe

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Most Break-ins Happen Through Unlocked Doors!

Did you know that?

Most break-ins happen through unlocked doors and happen during the daytime hours of 10 AM – 2 PM.

Yes, that’s right! Daytime break-ins happen more than at any other time day or night, with easy access, because people don’t use their locks. We make it really easy for thieves to have access to our valuables this way.

We can do better than that, can’t we?

Let’s start with something you can do right now that will make it just a bit harder for someone to break into your home.

Make It A Habit To Always Lock Doors Behind You

Sounds simple enough, but it is a habit you need to create by doing it each and every time.

Start off by reading about evening routines to keep your family and your assets safe. You can apply some of these same principles to a daytime routine when you leave your home to go to work, to go shopping or even just going for a walk with your dog. Don’t ever assume that thieves come during the night in a black mask. Often, they come during the day, they might greet your neighbors and walk out with your valuables without anyone suspecting what they are doing.

Locking your doors is the first step.

So what is step two to prevent break-ins?

Research The Best Door Alarm To Purchase

Can we assume you always do due diligence on new purchases like homes, cars, refrigerators, and HVAC systems? You need to do due diligence on door alarms the same way.

This includes learning more about door alarms before talking to a dealer about purchasing a system.

Consider

  • price point/budget
  • size of your home
  • number of access doors and windows
  • stories of your home
  • current technology in your home
  • remote access

Once you have this information on a list, then pick up the phone and call your nearest local security dealer at 843-318-6392

Your Security Company Can Tell You More About What Brands They Prefer

Each security dealership has preferred vendors and brands they work with.

The best door alarms are those your security company uses the most, and those they trust to keep their customers and their family safe.

Why don’t you ask this:

“What door alarm do you have installed in your home?”

This should give you an answer to the question; ‘what is the best door alarm to keep my family safe?’

Go ahead and ask us today.

Then once you have a system installed, make it a habit to active your system whenever you leave your home! 

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

Are You in Search of The Best Burglar System Money Can Buy?

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Does Your Home Have a Burglar System?

If you have any sort of burglar system, congrats. We hope you did your research before purchasing and that you are happy with the system you picked and the provider you currently have. Have you had an emergency yet? How good was the customer service provided and how was the response time?

If you do not currently have any sort of system in your home, we assume you might want to know how to get the best burglar system money can buy!

Does Your Business Have a Burglar System?

If you own a business like us, you understand the value of preventing crime.

Employee theft, workplace accidents, vandalism, workplace invasion; each of these come with a heavy price tag.

Having a solid burglar system in place at your business location can help prevent and deter crime. A system with cameras can also help you determine cause, and guilt, of crimes.

If you do not currently have any sort of system at your place of business, we assume you might want to know how to get the best burglar system money can buy!


Here are several points to consider before buying any kind of security burglar system.

Do your Due Diligence and Research Burglar System Options First!

Why do you need a burglar alarm system?

Have you

  • recently purchased a new home?
  • moved into a new home?
  • made a state-to-state move?
  • switched neighborhoods?
  • been the victim of a crime?
  • read about the increase in crime in your town?
  • started a business?
  • taken over an existing business location?
  • recently dealt with employee theft?

Most often, something ‘triggers’ a homeowner or business owner to start looking for the best burglar system available.

The journey to select starts with solid research on what is available in your location.

Decide How Much Money You Can Spend on the Best Burglar System Money Can Buy

‘The best burglar alarm system your money can buy’ can mean many things.

When thinking about a budget think about the following cost; both now and in the future.

  • equipment
  • monthly monitoring
  • installation
  • equipment replacement
  • add-ons
  • smart home technology

Remember this:

The most basic burglar system will still deter a would-be burglar.

A fancy, automated system will make it easier for you to operate the system.

Will You Want Home Automation and Add Smart Technolgy in Your Home?

If you are going to be spending money on a burglar system, this is a great time to check out your smart home options!

These systems can and do work together.

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Talk to your trusted security company about these options BEFORE deciding on a burglar system.

Is the Track Record of the Remote Monitoring Company Important to You?

Last but not least, we want you to remember that you get what you pay for.

You could have the best equipment, the latest technology, and the nicest customer service rep, but if the response time of the monitoring company is not good, you could still be left ‘in a pickle’ when an emergency happens to you or your family!

We at Strand Security pride ourselves on working with the best in the industry!
Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

 

 

5 Powerful Runner Safety Tips to Keep You Safe on the Roads

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Do You Love Running?

If you’ve never thought about running, or you are a new runner, we encourage you to try it.

Besides it being fun, there are many health benefits of running.

All Runners Need To Be Careful on the Roads

Have you ever thought about your personal safety when running?

Chances are you have only thought about danger once something has unexpectedly gone wrong.

This article is here to help prevent accidents and help you avoid dangers situations. A forewarned person is a forearmed person!

Everyone who goes out for a run will want to read these runner safety tips.

Whether you

  • are male or female
  • live in the city or suburbia
  • are young or old
  • run on familiar or new roads
  • are new to running or an old ‘pro’
  • run in the morning, during the day or at night

Danger is everywhere!

Here are the 5 most powerful runner safety tips to keep you safe on the roads.

1) The Buddy System; Don’t Run Alone

Don’t run alone if you can help it!

This is especially true for those who run

  • at night
  • in the dark
  • on trails
  • in isolated areas

There is runner safety in numbers.

Together, you deter a potential physical attack. Running with a buddy guarantees an instant helper in case there is a running accident or injury.

2) Share Your Training Plan & Route

Prior to each run, let someone know

  • distance
  • location
  • time

of your run.

In addition, share where you will park and with whom you’ll be running. Better yet, have a buddy system check-in after your run, so if you do not return from a scheduled run, someone will know to alert authorities.

This can be done through an app like the Glympse App or via text message with a parent, friend, spouse, sibling or grown child.

3) Carry A Weapon

We aren’t advocating you carry a gun while running. Instead, we suggest you carry something with you that can be used as a weapon!

You could carry pepper spray and your Smartphone, as both can be used as a weapon, of sorts.

Find additional weapon ideas, including rings, claws, lights, sprays in this article by Active.com

4) Be Visible

The danger to personal safety can also come in darkness. To make sure you are visible, wear reflective clothing or accessories, lights and always, always assume the cars do not see you – be aware and get out of the way when needed.

5) Listen To Your Body

Last but not least, you need to listen to your body to keep yourself safe.

This includes knowing when to stop running in extreme weather – in the heat here in South Carolina, or in the cold and snow up north! If it hurts, stop. If you exhaust yourself  – if you run past the danger zone of heatstroke and frostbite, just to name two dangers, you could do permanent damage or even go into cardiac arrest.


Did you know Strand Security has a self-defense division and that we offer classes to the public?

Check us out on the website, or join us on Facebook! 


To learn more about personal safety and why ANYONE should take a self-defense class, read these past articles!

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How to teach children self-defense and why they need it.

3 Self-defense moves you need to know.

Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

13 Simple self-defense tips that could save your life.

7 People in your life who need to know self-defense

How to protect yourself in case of attack

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

 

 

How To Get The Best Theater Room Money Can Buy

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Are you in the market for a new home theater? Do you want the best theater room money can buy? Look no further. We have the answers you need, want and have been looking for!

Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area services both Horry County and Georgetown County and we specialize in customized home theater rooms. Before you give Chuck a call at 843-318-6392 to set up a consult about your needs and wants, you need to know several things!

Here are the 5 steps you need to take to get the best home theater room money can buy!

1) Do Theater Room Design Research

Before you call us, or anyone, you need to have some ideas of the possibilities!
Ask your friends, go online, visit Houzz and Pinterest and use Google to find some neat ideas.

2) Complete Brand Research for your Theater Room

Next, do your brand research.

What brands do you trust, what do you like, what does each brand offer.

A good way to go about that is to check brand warranties and online reviews!

3) Take Stock of Reusable Furniture and Equipment

What do you already own in your home, that you will want in your home theater?

Is it seating, speakers, a large TV or surround sound system, or are you starting from scratch?

4) Take Measurements of the Future Theater Room

If you have your room ready to go, this is the right time take careful measurements. The size of the room will dictate the type of sound system you will need, the size and placement of your furniture and more. Make sure to note everything on paper, including the number of outlets, windows etc.

5) Set a Budget for Your New Theater Room

It’s important to set a budget for your home theater room. You’d be wasting a lot of time looking at brands and equipment if your budget is too small to afford it. If you don’t know what type of budget you need, make that your top priority question when you call a home theater expert!

Best to get that out of the way to make things clear – your budget should include line items for furniture, technical equipment, and installation fees.

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Now It Is Time To Call Your Local Home Theater Expert for Quotes

Now that you’ve got your 5 steps taken care off, it is time to call your local home theater expert!

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

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