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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

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Are You Looking For A New Home Security System?

You might be in the market for a new home security system if you

  • recently moved to the Grand Strand
  • just bought a new home
  • currently are in the process of building a new home
  • are the victim of a recent crime
  • found your home burglarized
  • have watched the crime rate in your neighborhood explode
  • not long ago had a baby
  • changed jobs

Changes in lifestyle, location or family life all contribute to a search for added security.

You’ve Got Home Security Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Who should you go to when you have questions about an existing system, or if you are interested in purchasing a home security system for the first time?

A local, locally owned and locally operated home security system provider has all the answers to any of your pressing questions, of course!

In the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area, Strand Security is the company that fits that bill. We serve customers in both Georgetown County and Horry County.

We have an active Facebook Page where we can answer questions, but better yet, we are available by phone or service email anytime!

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Security

Here are some questions we get frequently.

Read these answers and many more on our Strand Security blog. We are glad you are here already; did you know we have nearly four years of articles and information available for you to research?

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

If you are ready to go ahead and purchase a home security system, here are 9 questions to ask your home security provider.

We’d be happy to help you keep your home safe and secure for those you love!

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Are you licensed?
  3. What equipment (brands) do you use?
  4. Who monitors your systems?
  5. What is the average response time to emergencies?
  6. How much is the install?
  7. What is my overall cost?
  8. Will I get a yard sign and window decals?
  9. Does your system help me qualify for a home insurance discount?

Home Security = Peace of Mind

What Are Your Family’s First Demands For The Best Home Security?

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Protect Your Family With the Best Home Security

Is that a question, or a demand?

We know the truth! Of course, you want to protect your family with the best home security.

However, you might be searching the Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand area for

Whatever it is that is most important to you, know that we value the same things as we live right here on the Grand Strand ourselves and want to protect our family, just like you do.

We will work with you, your budget and your needs, always. 

What Does Your Home Need To Protect Your Family?

If you are a new homeowner, you’ll be (most likely) new to home security too.

Protecting your family goes beyond protection from a home invasion or burglary.

Here are additional sources of danger

  • Home Fires; prevention with fire alarms
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; prevent with CO alarms
  • Break-ins; Alert authorities instantly with monitoring services
  • Home Invasion; Identify and locate suspects with security cameras
  • Trespassing; Deter trespassers with automatic floodlights
  • Drowning; Alert homeowner to movement in the pool, or opening of a door to pool deck
  • Falling; Personal panic buttons can help an elderly person call for help when needed

What your home needs is up to you; consider your security company a valuable partner in selecting the right equipment to keep you and your loved ones safe!

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What Does Your Family Want To Feel Safe?

Now that we know what you want, and what equipment is needed to keep your family safe – and to get the best home security for your family – let us look at what your family needs to make it all work!

Your spouse, teenager, babysitter, elderly parent, or child needs

  • easy access
  • easy to use equipment
  • panic buttons
  • monitoring service
  • voice commend
  • remote control

Right?

Many more families these days have multiple generations living or working together.

This means that multiple people will be using your security system and you will need the equipment you pick to be easy in use and access.  Most likely, you will want remote access to your cameras and system!

Click here to read more about multiple generations & home security!

What Is The Best Type of Home Security For Your Family?

We can only answer this question of ‘What is the best type of home security for my family’ if you answer a few questions of your own first!

It all depends on these factors

  • What can you afford to spend on equipment (i.e. cameras, sensors)?
  • How much can you afford on monitoring services each month?
  • Will there be changes in your family size in the upcoming years? (look at least 3-5 years ahead)
  • Do you prefer working with a locally owned and operated business owner, or a large franchise?

We will be happy to help you figure out what your home needs, what your family wants and what you can afford! 

Can I Keep My Family Safe Without A Security System in Place?

We can’t guarantee it.

Why would you want to? Is saving a little bit of money each month worth not having peace of mind?

How much are you spending on health insurance, homeowners insurance, car maintenance, and your pension each month? Safety and security are clearly important to you if you pay those bills. 

Without a security system in place to keep those you love safe, be prepared for feelings of

  • fear
  • guilt
  • regret

Now, who wants to live like that?

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Get started today – give us a call and you’ll be feeling much better!

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

Keep Your Home Secure While You Are on Summer Vacation!

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Summer Crime Statistics and Break-in Numbers

For many law enforcement agencies, crime spikes during the summer. Crime statistics indicate warmer cities, however, often don’t experience much change. It’s generally cities in colder climates and tourist destinations, like Myrtle Beach, that experience the largest monthly changes in reported crimes.

Why is that?

Summer is supposed to be the best time of the year, but it sure brings out the worst in some people. A study released by the US Dept. of Justice found a definite correlation between the season and the crime rate. Researchers found that crime rates are often lower in the fall and winter while peaking in the summer. Some of the summer crime rate increases were significant.

On the Grand Strand, we also have a spike in crime rate due to an influx of tourists visiting our area. As our population swells in the summer months, so do crime rates!

Summertime = Burglary time!

From one of our earlier articles:

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.

How can you protect what is yours in this type of environment?

Before You Go on Vacation

Make a plan to keep your home and other assets safe while away.

Failing to plan is planning to fail!

Instead, follow these guidelines.

  1. Talk to your neighbors and tell them you’ll be away.
  2. Be aware of the recent crime rate in your neighborhood and what is being done about it.
  3. Double check all your locks and make sure all windows and doors are secured.

Having someone keep an eye on your property is a smart way to go on vacation and come home to an undisturbed home.

If you have a great security system and a monitoring company keeping an eye on your home while on vacation you have the best solution!

While You Are Away

Smart burglars – and yes, there are some smart and sophisticated burglars and thieves out there – will avoid confrontation. They do not want to come to your home while you are home. They do not want to break down a door, they’d rather find one unlocked. They do not want an alarm set off. They’d much rather burglarize a home without a system.

Here are 7 ways to protect your home while you are away (for the day or) on vacation!

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Watch Your Home From Afar; The Best Option to Secure Your Home

Wouldn’t love to be a ‘fly on the wall’ to keep an eye on your home while away?

You can be!

With our Honeywell Total Connect App, you can monitor your home (or any other asset) from afar from your phone or tablet, in real time!

  • If someone tries to break-in, you’ll know!
  • If your water heater breaks and water starts to flow throughout your home, you’ll know!
  • If a fire breaks out, you’ll know!

Doesn’t knowing this give you peace of mind while on vacation?

Have Fun This Summer, Prepare Now.

Don’t delay talking with your friendly, local security company! Whether you need a new system installed or you want an upgrade with more cameras and newer technology, we at Strand Security have you covered!

It’s not too late to protect your assets this summer!

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

How To Find the Best Home Security Deals

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You Want The Best Home Security Your Money Can Buy, Right?

Of course, you do! Who wouldn’t want to check out the best home security deals in town?

We at Strand Security understand that, like us, you work hard for your money and you need to stretch that income as far as you can. You need a deal! The best deal! You need to find the best home security deals your hard-earned money can buy.

Where do you start?

We’ve compiled a list of places for you to look for the best home security deals – check it out!

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Ask Your Neighbors for Security Company Recommendations

Ask your direct neighbors which security company they use, for sure, but next time you talk a walk with Fido, go for a run, or drive your car home from the grocery store, pay attention to the little signs in your neighbor’s yards!

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Ask your Local Friends for the Best Home Security Deals

Are you on Facebook? Do some crowdsourcing and ask your local friends via Facebook to recommend a local security company.
Do you have friends who live in a different neighborhood? Ask them who they use.
If any of your friends own a business, ask them what local security company they use.

Do a Google Search for the Best Home Security Deals

Google is your friend! Do a simple Google search for ‘best home security deals’ or ‘home security company’ or something similar. Compile a list of companies who serve your location. Be aware that those who run Google ads will be listed first. Just because they pay to market doesn’t make them the best fit for your needs. Check beyond the first few and compile a list of at least five choices. Next, check to see if any of these companies have (positive) Google reviews.

Check Web Presence of Local Security Companies

Once you have a list of local security companies, we suggest checking out their web presence. Look for an ‘about’ page, location map, brands they use, a blog (like this one) and pictures and/or videos. If you can’t find a website, skip them.

Check Social Media Presence of Local Security Companies

While on the website, click through to their social media channels. Look for a Facebook Page to start and see if they have any (positive) Facebook reviews. Check to see if it is active, what is posted and when they last posted and maybe send a message to the page to check response time. Online customer service should be expected, not be the exception.

Check with your Local Chamber for Local Security Companies

Once you have your list, cross-reference your list with the local chamber. Locally owned companies are most likely active in the community and active with the local chamber. This should not be a dealbreaker by any means. However, we think you should give those who are members an extra gold star. 😉

Select and Call Local Security Companies

Now that you are pretty certain you have a solid list of local security companies, call each and everyone to find the best home security deal.
Pay attention to the following when placing a call.

  • phone etiquette
  • call return time
  • overall customer service
  • friendliness
  • quality of information
  • the quantity of information

“If someone doesn’t treat each and every potential customer with respect, that same person will not treat a customer with respect either.”

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