We have seen this question asked all month as it’s November. Many people practice #ThankfulNovember or #30daysofthankfulness on social media, sharing small and large things, places and people they are thankful for each day!
We are so lucky to live in beautiful Myrtle Beach! We are lucky to live near the beach, have gorgeous weather most of the year and live a bountiful life lived in short, t-shirt and flip-flops!
What about you? What are you thankful for?
There are many people in this world who do not have basic necessities such as access to clean drinking water, food and a roof over their head. There are many people in this world who live in areas of unrest and war; we are so lucky to live in a place in this world with access to all of these things.
If you are lucky enough to live in a safe and secure home with an alarm system like we do, isn’t it time to list some of the reasons it makes you thankful?
We have come up with 3 reasons to be thankful for your security system. Read and let us know if you feel the same way!
This alone should be the #1 reason you are thankful for your security system. In case of attack, fire or home invasion, your security system – if connected to our monitoring company C.O.P.S. – can call the authorities for back up, whatever agency is needed (rescue, fire or police).
Minutes and seconds saved can be the difference between a good or a very bad outcome of any of these scenarios.
We are thankful that our security system keeps our loved ones safe!
If you, like us, own a business, you know firsthand how much effort, time and money has gone in to making your business successful. You want that taken away in an instant now, would you?
A fire that would totally destroy your retail store can do that. Employee theft can cripple your bottom line. An accident in your restaurant which results in a lawsuit can do that – but with a security system and security cameras in place, and a monitoring company to back you up, your business is protected.
We are thankful that our security system deters crime our our business!
Now when you add “Will Keep Your Loved Ones Safe” to “Deters Crime At Your Business” you got what?
Peace of mind!
If you can rest easy because your family is protected and you can rest easy because your business is protected, how much is that worth to you?
We are thankful that our security system gives us overall peace of mind!
We at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet are thankful, too.
We are thankful for
and much much more!
Thank you for being part of our success story. We are thankful for you!
If you are a parent, there comes a time in your life when your teenager(s) comes and goes without you – this often happens once they get their driver’s license and start driving themselves!
(If you have younger children – rejoice you’re not there, yet.)
Once teenagers get a taste of this independence, they come and go at odd times, often working after school, playing sports or meeting with friends for fun or schoolwork.
When the kids are younger, parents are in charge of locking up at night.
Locking up the home.
Setting the alarm.
Locking up the cars.
Locking the garage door.
However, when you add teenager(s) to the mix, and their ability to forget everything your tell them in about 5 seconds…
Now is a great time to set up a few safety rules for your family’s overall safety and security; call a family meeting!
Who will lock up at night?
Before you can make that determination, you need a family meeting and a family calendar.
Once you know everyone’s schedule you will know who will come home last and should at least close and lock up the garage.
Don’t forget to include a discussion about locking up the house and setting the security alarm each time they come and go, during the day or night. Teenagers can and should shoulder that responsibility along with you. If they arrive home to an unarmed home, their security and safety is at risk. Always teach your children how to arm the home before leaving and how to disarm it once coming home. They should also know how to speak to the operator of the monitoring company in case they set off a false alarm.
Two more things to discuss with teens about home security.
For your family’s safety and security, you need to do a perimeter check every evening.
This includes checking all entry and exit points, making sure windows and doors are not just closed, but locked as well. Don’t forget your glass sliding doors, your porch doors and your garage doors.
We also recommend checking your children’s windows to make sure they are still locked as sometimes kids play with those locks and unless you check, you’d never know whether they have stayed locked, or have been unintentionally unlocked.
Once the indoor perimeter check is done, arm your home.
Even if not all your family members are home yet, it’s a great habit to get into; to arm the system even when you are home, and especially at night.
If you’ve purchased an alarm system, have paid for installation and are paying a monthly monitoring fee, why NOT use the system to keep your loved ones safe and sound at home, right?
It’s just plain smart!
You’d be surprised how many homeowners fail to set their alarm systems on a daily basis.
Don’t be caught unaware!
Be safe and secure at home, always!
It’s April and the weather is gorgeous here in Myrtle Beach.
Warm but not hot.
Balmy but not sticky.
Sunny but not scorching.
What is a homeowner to do? Spring clean, of course. This is the perfect time to clean your porches off.This is the perfect time to get rid of the last of the yellow pine pollen.This is the perfect time to dust off your outdoor furniture and hose off the car(s)! It’s a great time to be outside and get a few ‘chores’ done before South Carolina summer weather moves in.
If you aren’t much into spring cleaning yourself, chances are you have someone come to your home to do some power washing and landscaping to make your home look presentable after the long winter.
When you hire contractors to come do work at your home, caution and due diligence is required to make sure your home stays safe and secure long after they’ve left.
You are ready to clean your home and property, especially now that the wether is better and the pine pollen is done.
Before you spring clean, please read these five ways your security can be compromised. Then go ahead and proceed with cleaning, and with caution.
If you, or someone you hire cleans your windows this spring, make sure to go and re-lock every single window, especially if it’s a professional window washer you’ve hired and if you did the windows on the inside as well as the outside. The same goes for your garage and backdoors – anytime you’ve had contractors to your home, re-check your doors for unlocked doors.
Security lights can and may be unplugged when someone is working on your home. Do a quick walk-around at the end of each work day after contractors have been to your home.
An experienced power-washing company should not disable cameras or flood lights, but… sometimes we hire cheap labor instead of qualified labor. (We aren’t here to judge you, just caution you!) Please check your cameras and your floodlight positions after power-washing your home.
We get that you want to clear your home of clutter. We get that you want to make some extra cash after your spring cleaning is all done with. When holding a yard sale, please cover/remove/lock up other valuables you aren’t selling, away from sight! The last thing you want is to make $50 on a yard sale only to have a criminal come back and steal your nice set of expensive golf clubs (or car, tools etc.) out of your garage that they saw when they visited your yard sale!
Anytime you have someone come to your home, you are inviting a stranger in. Don’t assume just because someone works for a reputable company, you are safe. Don’t offer them a closer look into your home if it’s not necessary. Don’t offer them a sneak peek of your garage inventory. We suggest keeping your garage door closed and valuables out of sight. This makes sense at all times, but especially when you schedule maintenance on your home. Don’t forget these are good habits to have at all time because even if YOU don’t have anyone visiting your home, your neighbor might. Those contractors also have a great view of your home…!
If you have questions about your cameras, need a security system, want Smarthome technology or want to talk to us about your home or business security, don’t hesitate to call us!
Stop. Wonder no more! Research no more!
You’ve found it! The answer to many of your questions and the place to ask more questions. We are right here in the Myrtle Beach area. We are local and we have the answers to your security questions!
For your convenience, we have compiled a list of 5 reasons you might have never thought of! These are 5 reasons you do NOT need a security system! How cool is that?
We know that many (new) home owners struggle with this issue – to install or not to install and we decided to make this easy on you. Just check off any of the reasons and if even just one applies, don’t get an alarm system for you home or business.
Everything you own can be replaced, including your antiques and heirlooms. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve worked for it, or how much money you spent on it, or who gave it to you – you are perfectly willing to part with any and all items in your home. Whether you lose them because of a home invasion, a burglary or a fire, you are good!
You don’t mind dealing with your home owners insurance to try to replace stolen valuables and broken windows, locks and doors. You don’t mind having to pay your deductible out-of-pocket and you honestly don’t mind spending hours arguing with your insurance over claims.
You have a concealed weapon’s permit and you carry your weapon on you at all times, wherever you go, even in your home. You carry it on you and even when you sleep it’s on your person. You have it loaded – ready to use even in the dark of night. You don’t need a security alarm to sound if an intruder where to enter your home. You sleep on one ear for the very reason!
You trust every single employee you hire right from day one; you trust them with merchandise, your customers and your money. Without training your staff, you just know they will do right by you and your company. You also know they would never (unintentionally) leave a door or window unlocked when they lock up for the night because you know they care as much about your business as you do!
You are home every night of every week of every year and you just never leave your home unattended at night. Why would you ever leave? You work from home so your home is never unattended. How cool is that? Grocery trips and shopping trips to the mall are short and sweet because you know, your home needs you!
All craziness set aside…
You need a security system if you value your home, your business and your family!
Security systems do more than ‘alert you’ when your system is breached!
✓ Call for emergency services when you are incapacitated
✓ Alert the home owner when not home
✓ Alert the business owner when not at work
✓ Allow you to monitor your property via your smartphone
✓ Can turn your home into a Smart Home
Give Chuck a call today!
We get this question often, both here in Myrtle Beach and in Maryland. People just like you want to know if they can afford to have a security system installed. Our answer is
If you want a security system for your home or business, we can help make it happen!
The first step is always taken by the customer – you as the customer have to understand the value of a security system. Once you understand how a security system can protect your family, how it can help you save money in your business and how it helps deter and prevent crime from happening in the first place, you can come talk with us, the experts on security systems!
Many Americans have some sort of disposable income. A disposable income is
“income remaining after deduction of taxes and other mandatory charges, available to be spent or saved as one wishes.”
How are you spending your disposable income? Are you keeping track of the movie tickets you buy, the Mocha Lattes you purchase and drink, the new jean you bought, those candles you loved and purchased for your home…
Do you have a general idea where you are spending the majority of your disposable income?
Take a look at this #infographic to see if you can find ways to come up with a bit of extra cash each month.
We’ve identified 5 places where you could possible save a bit of money to pay for an alarm system if that’s what you are determined to do – and we sure hope you see the value in a home security system like we do!
Instead of stopping at those expensive gourmet coffee places on your way to work and purchasing a Mocha Latte, buy a pound of coffee and brew your own! You can save big money doing this consistently – enough to pay your monthly monitoring bill!
The average bill for eating out is $12.17 p/p per meal! Stay in one night per month instead of going out to eat as a family of four and you’ve more than covered your security system bill!
A bottle of wine or a case of beer; whatever you are drinking isn’t cheap! Cut back a bit each week and by the end of the month you’ll have the money you need to keep your family safe!
This is where you can save big money! Cutting back certainly will do the trick but quitting will not only give you enough money to install a security system, you’ll be able to afford the best system money can buy including cameras, and still have money left over!
Most of us set a budget for ourselves when we go out to ‘shop’. Whether that budget is for clothes, food or fun, we bet there is plenty of wiggle room. Think about the things you want but don’t need and replace some of the ‘wants’ with ‘I need a security system to keep my family safe’ and this should be an easy choice!
The way we see it is this; when disaster strikes it is (almost) too late! Why wait to protect what you love most?
Give Chuck a call today at 843-318-6392!
It is most likely you will know the answer to that question.
Many of us know before we move in if the neighborhood we are moving to is a relatively safe one, or not. However, some of us might have bought a home in a neighborhood a long time ago and this neighborhood was known as a safe neighborhood yet as time went by, this changed! Some neighborhoods took a dive after the last big recession in 2008 and never recovered. Other neighborhoods are simply overrun by gangs and the violence gangs bring with them.
In the Myrtle Beach area and on the Grand Strand, certain areas, towns and neighborhoods definitely have a higher crime rate than others.
But don’t be fooled by the word ‘safe’; even the ‘safest neighborhood‘ isn’t immune to crime!
Crime happens everywhere.
Crime happens everywhere and you can’t always prevent it.
Yet sometimes you can prevent crime from happening or reduce the overall crime rate in your community and that’s what we’ll be talking about in this article.
Today we’ll be giving you just three ways to start because you have to start somewhere, right?
Every single action you as an individual make, will have a ripple effect on your neighbors and so on. One person needs to start and many will follow. Small changes can make big impact.
Will you be the one who will take initiative?
What this means is that getting involved with (or starting) community events is step one, followed closely by step two; starting some sort of neighborhood watch, neighborhood patrol program or even a neighborhood advocacy group. Through activities, neighborhoods can (re)build social control and increase citizen accountability for the actions of residents and their children. Take advantage of “safety in numbers” to hold group activities to show you are determined to drive out crime and drugs.
Work together to keep playgrounds, parks, yards, alleys, ball fields and streets clear of criminals. Do this by forming a task force to patrol these areas after dark and by reporting suspicious activity not only to police, but also to all citizens in your neighborhood; when the community is involved in watching out for each other, less crime happens. Signs that warn criminals of safety patrols and neighborhood watches help prevent some of these crime from taking place!
When vandalism happens report, report, report! You want the police involved because you want these crimes solved fast. You do not want repeat offenders, correct? The next step after reporting vandalism is to get together with your community, your neighbors and clean it up. Leaving it be just isn’t an option if you want it to stop. Reporting and cleaning up vandalism signals a few things to the criminals involved. First, that you have noticed the vandalism. Second; that you are serious about stopping it. Third; that you have pride in your neighborhood and vandalism isn’t going to stop it.
We have to mention, of course, that installing security cameras in public spaces is a huge step you can take in deterring criminals! Security cameras installed at ball fields, parks, playgrounds and on streets help solve crimes. As for your own home, a security system can do a lot for peace of mind! 24/7 monitoring will make you be and feel so much safer.
Let us know if we can help you come up with a plan for your neighborhood!
How is that for a bold statement?
“If I saw a sticker for a home security system, that would have been enough of a deterrent recalls London. “Once, we broke into a house and an alarm went off. We immediately turned around and just ran.” Stickers for a home security system are one trick; another is a trusty BEWARE OF DOGS posting. “Dogs certainly would have discouraged me from breaking in, even though I knew my way around dogs,” points out London. If you happen to love dogs and can afford a home surveillance system, by all means go for it! But if you’re allergic or cash is tight, fake it with signs. Dummy surveillance cameras enhance the illusion and are not difficult to put up.
Read the full interview with this former burglar here.
There are several ways you can show anyone ‘casing’ your home that you have a dog!
This is an easy one and of course you do not not have to own a dog to put up a sig like that!
Most dogs will ‘alert’ to anyone coming on their property uninvited. Leaving your dog at home during the day – when most break-ins happen – should deter any potential burglar. If you do not have a dog, you could invest in a sound machine that replicates the sound of dogs barking to go off when someone triggers the device by stepping too close to your home when you aren’t around. That should also make someone think twice about breaking in!
Nothing quite screams ‘a dog lives here’ like a few random dog chew toys scattered in your front and back yard!
A fenced back yard with dog chew toys, and a water bowl certainly will deter a burglar. The same goes for a dog lead in the back or front yard with a water bowl nearby!
Why is this? Dogs are ‘complications, distractions and hazards’.
The goal of any burglar is to enter a home undetected and to get out with their ‘prize’ as quickly and as quietly as possible!
Dogs foil those plans…
Confessions and secrets from a real burglar
“The two things I hate most: Loud dogs and nosy neighbors.”
We aren’t telling you to get a dog.
Pretending there’s a dog in the home should deter a burglar as well.
However, if you’ve been thinking about getting a dog, check out these cute videos of dogs caught on (security) cameras while their owners were at work!
Your dog could be the next internet star…;)
If you’ve made the decision to protect those you love and those you are responsible for – your family and your employees, and it’s time to get a security system – or to update one – there are some things you need to do and know BEFORE your contact a security company.
Proper preparation prevents poor performance
If you do not know WHAT you want or need, how can you expect someone to give you what you want and need?
Therefore, we suggest you go over this list and put some thoughts on paper before calling and selecting a security company!
Whom will you be protecting?
What will you be protecting?
Now you will need to take a look at your budget.
Your budget will need to include
This budget does not need to be set in stone, but contacting a security company without a clear idea about what you can afford will waste your time, as well as theirs.
You’ve propably looked and asked around and you are most likely aware about the latest technology and newest features security systems can offer.
Your “wish list” could include items like
This would also be a great time to think about other features and option that tie into a security system
Next you’ll need to have an idea about who will need access to your system (this is important because of potential training and access codes involved)
Now that you know what you can afford, what your security needs are and what you’d like to have installed, a professional can help you make final decisions to fit those parameters.
While you are work, many people drive and walk by your home.
Those people include neighbors with dogs, neighborhood joggers, maintenance people servicing your neighbors, delivery trucks and many more.
All of them are watching your home.
You know who else is?
Sometimes they are disguised as pet walkers with dogs, neighborhood joggers, maintenance people servicing your neighbors, and delivery men and you wouldn’t know the difference!
There are two other people who COULD BE watching your home
Now if you are away from home because of work…you already know ‘you’ watching your own home isn’t going to entail much. You will be too busy to keep a constant eye on your home.
However, a good security company will have a great monitoring company to back them up to monitor their clients’ homes and businesses!
We recommend you implement ALL THREE of the following suggestions!
Because it makes sense to implement all three for extra security.
Can we say this again?
Activate your security alarm system!
No matter if your aunt, mother, babysitter, pet sitter or neighbor plans to stop by…
Active your system anytime your leave your home and teach others how your operate the security system!
Because, guess what?
Your security system only works if it’s activated!
It’s not hard to ‘train’ others on how to operate your system; take the time to do so to protect your home while you are at work.
If you have a lovely daily routine, good for you!
Bad for your security.
Burglars often will ‘case’ a house and take note of who comes and goes, and especially when people come and go.
Therefore, live it up a little!
Change your routine periodically.
Here are some ideas
It’s not too hard to break a routine i you just try… live a little!
Neighbors are awesome, don’t you agree?
Wait, what? You aren’t very close with your neighbors?
If you own a home and plan to stay for a while, may we suggest you go over with a casserole, a plant or a bottle of wine and introduce yourself?
This makes sense not just for security reasons, but family safety as well!
Once you have build a relationship with your neighbors, it’s easy to help ‘watch’ out for each other’s home.
See something out of the ordinary? Call your neighbors, share and compare notes! They hopefully will do the same for you!
Many a break-in has been folded because of nosy neighbors!
Let us know if we can help you in any way!
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?
These are questions we get asked often and today we will answer them for you!
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.
From your HOA, you should be able to get details on
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.
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.
If it sounds and feels like your neighbors feels secure, you need to figure out what makes your own home feel secure to you.
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!
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.