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Is the pollen gone yet?
Phew, that was a pretty horrible year for this yellow stuff in South Carolina! Now that it’s time to once again open windows and doors, let in the air (not pollen), right before we shut everyone down again for the summer heat… it’s also a perfect time to assess your home security needs as you’ll be spending time going through your home, inside and out.
When you do your spring cleaning, look for potential security issues. You know, two birds – one stone! 😉
Springtime cleaning is a great opportunity to evaluate your current security measures and identify areas that may need improvement. Why? You’ll be touching almost all your windows, doors (aka entry points), cameras, and systems as you clean and dust off the pollen that’s settled in all nooks and crannies. NOTE: This is even MORE important if you have a cleaning crew on retainer who regularly cleans your home – they might have inadvertently moved camera positions as they clean, touched sensors, or left doors and windows unlocked!
By assessing these areas during spring cleaning, you can identify potential vulnerabilities in your home security. Why is this important? You can now take the proper steps to address them before they become a problem. Prevention is always better than fixing an issue.
If you need help addressing potential issues, as always we are only a phone call away. Call us anytime at 843-318-6392 for help with your home security and commercial security. Your security is our business.
Now that the weather is cooperating, and it’s warmed up outside (bye, bye winter!), it’s logical that our children, pets and we ourselves want to spend MORE time outside. Spring is a great time to plant a new garden, install a pool and sit on the deck or porch under the stars.
With more outdoor activities, come more outside dangers. We’re not sure about you, but we’d love to know what Sparky is doing when he’s in the backyard. (Is he digging to China? Is he eating a shrub? The same is true for our children, their babysitters, and (elderly) parents.
How can you keep an eye on what’s going on outside in your backyard, even if you are at work, or in your home office?
Outdoor security cameras can be a powerful tool for enhancing your home security, not just in the spring, but all year round.
The benefits of installing and monitoring outdoor security cameras are vast.
Benefits include the following
Besides aiding in increasing your home security, outdoor security cameras can also prevent accidents and potentially save lives by allowing you to monitor kids, pets, elderly parents, and teenagers in real-time, from afar.
When deciding on outdoor security cameras, we recommend you speak with an expert. If you are doing the installation yourself, you’ll want to do the proper research on both wired and wireless systems and the pros and cons of each of these options.
Learn more about wireless outdoor security cameras.
As outdoor cameras are subject to the elements, it is important you have a solid plan for maintaining outdoor security cameras, such as choosing the right location, ensuring proper wiring and connections, and regularly cleaning and checking the cameras. With the Atlantic hurricane season approaching each year in June, we highly recommend you test and check on your outdoor security cameras in April or May.
One of the best features of a smart home is being able to integrate just about any system, including outdoor security cameras. This allows you to control your cameras remotely, receive alerts and notifications, and even automate your security system. You will be able to see what’s going on outside, from inside your home, your office or from anywhere in the world as long as you have Wifi service.
last but not least, it is important to be aware of potential privacy concerns associated with outdoor security cameras. What is a neighbor complains about the location of the camera, or your wifi security is low and there are concerns someone can break into your system and watch your cameras? Be sure to speak to an expert if those are concerns on top of your list for your family and property.
We sell, install and maintain many different brands of outdoor security cameras and can help you make the right choice for your family and property. If you have commercial needs, we welcome you as well. We’ve done some amazing local Grand Strand Installations for commercial properties: check out this one in North Myrtle Beach!
As spring arrives in South Carolina, so does… pollen.
If you live in the Myrtle Beach area of the Grand Strand, you might have seen this picture shared by Ed Piotrowski.
It’s not an oil slick, it’s a pollon-slick in the ocean! 😂
All this pollen doesn’t clean itself! After the trees have done their thing, it’s time for the humans to de-pollen their homes, porches, cars, windows and driveways!
Can we say it?
Yes, soon it will be time for… Spring Cleaning.
Now we’re not saying these home security mistakes can’t be made during other months. We’re not saying that at all.
BUT… these mistakes are more likely to be made in spring when you are spending more time outside, more time opening windows and doors, and less time inside.
In no particular order, here are 7 common home security mistakes made in Spring!
We are not saying we’ve not made these mistakes ourselves. Sometimes just reading tips like these can help you create better security habits around your home. By avoiding these common springtime home security mistakes, you can keep your home and family safe and secure. Don’t forget, your security is our business. Give us a call.
Protecting your family from harm can’t always be done by relying on technology.
While we advocate using technology as a tool to add an extra layer of protection around your family, your home, your assets, your business, there are more tangible ways you can love and protect those you love most!
Ready? Let’s do this!
Here are 5 things you can do starting today, to love and protect your family from harm.
One of the most important ways to love and protect your family is to keep your home safe.
Take measures such as installing security cameras, smart door locks, and smoke detectors to make sure your home is secure. Keep hazardous items out of reach of children, and make sure your home is equipped with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and CO2 detectors.
Install systems that work for you. Not sure what you need? Talk to a professional who installs systems day after day!
Another way to love and protect your family is to educate everyone on safety measures. Teach your children about stranger danger and not to open the door for strangers, how to call for help in an emergency, and what to do in case of a fire. Next, talk to your family about Internet safety. By teaching your family these important safety measures, you can prevent heartbreak and potentially life-threatening situations.
Spending quality time with your family is another way to show them love and protect them from harm.
Spend time with your loved ones to strengthen your bond. This provides you with an opportunity to check in with them and make sure they’re doing okay. Whether it’s going on a family vacation, playing a game together, or simply having dinner together, spending quality time with your family is important for their well-being. We highly advocate doing this as we are parents ourselves and have seen firsthand how important it is to be present at home!
Being a good listener is another way to love and protect your family.
When your loved ones are going through a tough time, it’s important to be there for them and listen to their issues and problems. This will make them feel heard and understood, and can also give you an opportunity to offer them support and advice. By being a good listener, you can help your family cope with life’s challenges and protect them from harm. Never discount the value of a listening ear. Even a few minutes per day can make a huge difference to someone who might be sick or depressed.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/
Finally, teaching your family good values is another way to love and protect them. Values such as honesty, kindness, and respect will help family members make good decisions, and can also help them build healthy relationships with others. By instilling these values in your family, they are on their way to a fulfilling life.
While we can’t protect those we love from everything that might harm them, good habits, listening to each other, and good values can take you a long way!
Don’t go it alone. We are here to support you, your growing family, and those you love most in life. Give us a call to discuss how we might serve you and your family for years to come.
In 2023, technology is more affordable than ever!
Smarthomes, smart technology… as more and more people jump in, especially with new home construction, these types of systems have become more affordable and thus more commonplace.
Last year Strand Security installed these window shades, these types of Smarthomes systems, and several smarthome home theater technology systems!
Alexas, Google homes… who doesn’t own a ‘Siri’ device, right?
Let’s look at the best new home security tech gadgets for 2023. We know you’ll want them!
We don’t do anything halfway.
We’ve collected a list of not one or two, but ten home security gadgets.
In no particular order, here they are!
We encourage you to vet your service provider carefully. We’ve been installing smarthomes for many years and work with the best brands. If you are looking for the best brands, the best service at the best pricing and like supporting locally owned and locally operated small businesses… we are it!
Give us a call today and let’s figure out how we can help you.
It’s 2023. Technology is affordable. Why are you still debating getting a home security system or security cameras?
No matter where you live, in Myrtle Beach, on the Grand Strand, somewhere in South Carolina, or elsewhere, chances are that crime is happening in your neighborhood!
Today we are going to give your 3 great reasons you need security cameras in your home in 2023.
No more waiting.
No more excuses.
No more putting it off.
Do you love your family?
Have you worked hard for what you have?
Do you own your own home and are paying for a mortgage?
If you’ve answered yes to all three, these three tips are for you!
Security cameras help you protect your home and family by providing you with a live video feed of what’s happening in and around your home.
Let’s write that again. A live video feed allows you to check on your home 24/7 in real time and shows you what is happening in and around your home.
Imagine… You can keep an eye on your kids, pets, and elderly relatives even when you’re away from home. Additionally, having security cameras deter burglars and intruders from breaking into your home, as they know they’re being monitored.
In the event of an unfortunate event like a break-in or home invasion, security cameras can also provide important evidence to the authorities to help them catch the culprits. Faster. Better. More accurately.
Another great reason to install security cameras in your home is that you can monitor your home remotely from anywhere in the world. That means you can travel for business, go on a family vacation, or visit relatives without having to worry about your assets at home.
With the help of a smartphone app, you can access live footage of your home from your office, a friend’s place, or even while you’re on vacation.
This way, you can keep an eye on your home and make sure everything is alright even when you’re not there. This can give you peace of mind and allow you to relax and enjoy your time away from home.
Sensors and cameras can be placed in strategic places in case of flooding, loss of heat, or in case of fire, this is particularly good for older homes!
Finally, security cameras can give you the ability to know what’s happening in and around your home as well, when you’re away.
With the help of motion detection technology, your security cameras can send you alerts when they detect any movement or activity in your home and outside of your home. Anyone approaching your home, friend or foe, will be picked up by these motion sensors and a live camera feed.
This way, you can stay informed and be aware of any unusual activity happening in and outside of your home.
Maybe you have a lively pet causing a ruckus, a delivery man leaving a package, or someone is lurking outside your property, you can know about it right away. This can help you take action quickly and make sure your home is safe and secure.
Choosing a security camera and a system is better left to the professionals. Take it from us, it gets confusing pretty fast when looking at all the options.
Instead of doing that, we suggest you do the following:
And that’s us! We’ve been installing home security systems and home security cameras for decades. Trust us with your family and assets. Your security is our business.
We hope that 2023 brings you all the joy, success, and prosperity that you deserve. Thank you for your business and we look forward to continuing to serve you in this new year.
There are many steps that families can take to keep their home safe and secure. Here are two ideas:
By taking these steps, you can help protect your family and your home, and create a sense of security and peace of mind.
Here are five general trends that have been consistently popular in the field of home security in recent years that may continue to be relevant in the future:
It is always a good idea to stay up to date on the latest developments in home security and to take steps to protect your home and family. This may include investing in a security system, using smart home devices, and following basic safety practices such as locking doors and windows when you are away.
At Strand Security, we understand the importance of protecting your family and your home. That’s why we offer a range of security solutions designed to help you feel safe and secure in 2023 and beyond. Our team of experts can help you assess your security needs and recommend the right products and services to suit your specific situation. From security systems and smart home devices to security lighting and emergency preparedness, we have everything you need to keep your family safe and secure. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your family and your home in 2023 and beyond.
Self-defense is an important skill that can be valuable for individuals to learn in order to protect themselves and others in dangerous situations.
Many schools, community centers, and other organizations offer self-defense classes or workshops throughout the year, and it’s always a good idea to consider taking one of these classes if you’re interested in learning more about self-defense. Additionally, there are many resources available online that can provide tips and techniques for self-defense, such as instructional videos or guides.
We at Strand Security take self-defense very seriously. Check out Myrtle Beach Self Defense and call us if you want set up a self-defense training class for your club, school or organization!
Learning self-defense can be a valuable skill that can potentially help individuals protect themselves and others in dangerous situations. Here are a few reasons why learning self-defense can be beneficial:
Overall, learning self-defense can help individuals feel more confident and secure in their daily lives and can potentially save lives in dangerous situations.
Self-defense can be beneficial for people of all ages, genders, and physical abilities. It’s important for everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to have a basic understanding of how to protect themselves in potentially dangerous situations.
However, some people may have a greater need or desire to learn self-defense due to their personal circumstances or profession. For example, people who work in high-risk environments, such as law enforcement officers or security guards, may want to learn self-defense as part of their job training. Additionally, people who have experienced physical or verbal abuse or who live in neighborhoods with high crime rates may feel more vulnerable and may want to learn self-defense as a way to increase their confidence and feel more secure.
Ultimately, the decision to learn self-defense is a personal one and should be based on an individual’s specific needs and circumstances. If you are interested in learning self-defense, it’s a good idea to research your options and find a class or instructor that is appropriate for your skill level and needs.
Winter is here! Yes, even in South Carolina can it get cold, wet and yucky!
Now that the holidays are over and colder weather has arrived, how do we keep our homes safe and secure?
Winter weather in South Carolina can vary widely depending on location and elevation. Coastal areas are generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to low 60s Fahrenheit during the day and dropping to the 30s and 40s at night. Inland areas and the Upstate region, which includes the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Piedmont plateau, can be colder, with temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 50s during the day and dropping into the 20s and 30s at night.
Snow is rare in South Carolina, but it can occur, especially in the higher elevations of the Upstate. Ice storms are also possible, especially in the northern and central parts of the state. The best way to stay prepared for winter weather in South Carolina is to keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared for cold temperatures and possible precipitation. It’s a good idea to have a winter emergency kit on hand, including warm clothing, blankets, a flashlight, and other supplies in case you need to stay warm and safe during a winter storm.
Whether you plan to travel or be home, work or work from home, these 10 tips will help you and your home stay safe and secure.
We often get calls from people on the Grand Strand who’ve experienced a crime. The BEST TIME to connect with us and ask us for help is before an emergency so that a crime can possibly be prevented. We are only a phone call away!
Everyone deserves to have a home and live the life they want. Those who are living with a disability often have fewer choices about where and how they live alone. Children with disabilities who work on gaining independence from their parents will experience confidence in themselves.
Technology can help facilitate these changes and that independence.
Technology used for good is allowing disabled persons to replace some of the tasks done for them with tasks they can do on their own with the help of this new technology.
This article will highlight just a few use-cases of smarthome technology for those living with a disability.
From first-hand experience we know how hard it is for someone who is slowly losing their vision to continue to live alone. Smarthome technology has helped a loved one we know in these ways:
They used Alexa to
They also used another product to dispense pills twice per day.
Smarthome technology for the visually impaired can make the difference between independence, and relying on the help of a home aide.
From this article we learn:
Voice assistants can be integrated into a smart home to
When we look as those persons with hearing loss, smarthome technology can help them in different ways.
There are so many reasons to embrace smarthome technology!
This article from the New York Times highlights how people with physical disability and limited motion can be helped with smarthome technology!
It’s amazing to read WHAT can be automated in your home (HINT: Just about anything that runs on electricity!)
Voice controlled automation is brilliant for those with limited mobility!
Last but not least, those with cognitive impairments can be helped with smarthome technology, too.
Elderly who live alone and might forget to take meds, can be reminded to take them at set times with a simple Alexa hack. Simple tasks that are easily forgotten (like eating lunch, or cleaning the dishes) can be set to become daily reminders.
Smarthome technology can be used to make their home safer when they cook or perform other simple tasks.
Smarthome technology might give a person with cognitive impairments a bit more independence, or a few extra months in their home if they are experiencing declining health.
If you have a child with a disability, smarthome technology can enrich the life of your child by offering them more independence. Come talk to us about your most pressing issue and we might be able to help you find a simple solution with smarthome technology. We’d love to help you and your family!