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As 2020 draws near, we at Strand Security are excited to introduce you to the next generation of Smart Homes!
Before we do, let’s talk a bit more about Smart Homes and what they can do.
Any home can be a Smart Home, whether it’s a studio, a condo, a townhome, or a mansion. It’s the powerful connections that make it smart!
The powerful connections being internal connections within the home to automate daily tasks like
At Strand Security, we strive to always offer the latest technology, the most sought-after brands, and the best value! In our search for the best we can offer our customers, we landed on URC.
URC stands for Universal remote Control.
URC is the ultimate smart automation & control system for you to experience premium control & automation for your home or business
It’s amazing how smart your home can get with URC.
We have been amazed by the integration possibilities!
Take a look at this list of partners!
Do you already own products by
just to name SOME of the integration possibilities!
Peace of mind for parents!
For those who like to be in control of everything!
For those with nosy neighbors!
For those who own a business!
If you are as excited about the possibilities as we are, give us a call!
We’d love to hear
and together with URC technology, we will make a plan of action to take you into 2020!
Some families are units consistent with 1 or 2 people.
Other families have a larger unit to include several children.
Again other families have multiple generations living together to make up a family unit.
Whatever your family looks like, we are sure of two things
We are here to offer some insights and help!
Below find some of the most vulnerable family members as well as ways you can protect them and keep them safe.
An elderly person living in your home, or living alone, often spends time home alone.
Is there ever a ‘right time’ to leave your child home alone?
How do you know your child is ready to come home after school to an empty house?
We hear and know your concerns.
Anytime you have a new addition to the family, your family emergency plan should change!
You also need to update your home, to keep your new baby safe from harm as s/he grows and starts being mobile!
Every family should have the peace of mind that comes with having a security system!
We at Strand Security work with families to find a solution that works and one they can afford.
Doesn’t everyone deserve security and safety?
Teenagers enjoy the new freedom they get once they have a driver’s license. With that freedom comes new danger and dangerous situations. Keep your teenagers safe from harm. Here are some tips.
Did you know we can help you track your new teenager driver (or your elderly relative if need be!)? How about that peace of mind when they are out and about.
While protecting your teenager is great, you are also tracking that expensive car of yours, of course!
A system like Honeywell Lynx would let you know exactly that!
Security cameras and the system can send you updates in realtime as to their whereabouts and on-going activities in your home! No need to ask them what they are doing; you can just check the cameras!
While pets can help deter break-ins and chase off would-be-burglars, they are still vulnerable.
If no one is home and fire were to break out, these family members need rescuing too!
Side note: How fun is it, to see what your dog is up to while you are at work? Lots of fun! 😉
Give us a call today! We’d love to help you protect what you love most.
We do it every day for those we love, let us help those you love, too.
Burglars report that they will skip homes that display signs of a resident dog.
Signs that tell a robber that a house may have a canine occupant include
“Dogs are a deal-breaker for me,” said one inmate. “Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.”
Burglars don’t want any confrontation of any kind; not with dogs, not with humans either.
Were you aware that most burglaries happen between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM?
Guess who is often home during those hours? The dog.
Guess who is often not home during those hours? The pet owner!
If you need to leave your dog(s) home alone during the day, there is a chance s/he might need to defend the home!
How can you protect your pet in case of a home invasion when you are not home?
We recommend you supplement your pet security with a monitored, remove system with cameras!
The one that comes to mind and should work great is Honeywell Lynx!
From the article:
No matter where you are or what you may be doing, with this system, you can view up to four indoor or outdoor cameras right on the touchscreen or anywhere on premises on your smartphone, tablet or another WiFi-enabled device.
Lynx is a great system to keep an eye on your family, your pets as well as your property.
Check out this incredible story.
A child who was left home alone while his parents left to go pick up siblings at school, was confronted by a masked burglar.
Fortunately, the story ends well as the boy had the presence of mind to call his dog. The dog positioned herself between the boy and the burglar and thus chased him out the door after which the boy ran to a neighbors house to call his parents and the police.
What a hero dog!
If you watched the full video you noticed that at the end of the video, the TV reporter makes a point to note that the parents have not been charged with negligence, as there is no clear law as to when a child can be left home alone unattended.
We’ve written several articles on this topic, as it’s an FAQ of parents.
The short answer is
We also recommend speaking with your local law enforcement if you aren’t sure and to get additional safety tips.
If you live in South Carolina in the Myrtle Beach area, it doesn’t FEEL like fall, but when you check the calendar, it tells us it is Fall indeed!
As I write this it’s 90F and sunny, hot and humid.
No jackets or long sleeves for us, but more of what we’ve been wearing since March; shorts and t-shirts!
Whether you love it or hate it, there will be an end to this summer weather and October is a great month to get your home ready for winter.
As we get ready for cooler temperatures, homeowners should consider a few chores to get their home ready for winter.
Preparing a home for cooler weather in Fall and warmer weather in Spring is smart.
Putting off these types of chores might result in minor emergencies with regards to equipment, heating and cooling systems as well as security.
Homeowners, get your list ready!
If you have a working fireplace in your home, you should get your chimney swept every year.
A build-up of soot can cause fires.
From an earlier article we published we learn that
The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.
Today is as good as any day to make that appointment!
At some point in the next few months, you will be turning the switch on your HVAC system from ‘cooling’ to ‘heating’.
Is your system prepared?
Get an inspection and service scheduled today. Fall is a great time to get everything working right so on that first day you turn on the heat, you do not have to call and get an emergency visit from your HVAC provider.
Maintenance and periodic testing prevent emergency calls, on any system, including your home security system!
If your home has screens for summer and storm windows for winter, you’ll be changing those out this season.
When you do, do NOT forget to lock your windows back up.
Unlocked windows are a way many burglars gain access to homes!
When asked this is what convinced felons had to say:
How did you typically break into a home or apartment?
Most inmates broke in through an unlocked door or window.
Whenever you or a service provider work on your windows, always double-check that your windows have been re-locked once the task is done.
Fall is when we experience the end of daylight saving time. In 2019, that day is Sunday, November 3.
When Daylight Saving Time ends, our evenings immediately become a lot darker, a lot longer!
Fall is, therefore, a great time to review your outdoor lighting.
If it’s dark around your home, add lights on timers and/or sensors.
Nothing says ‘I am not home a lot’ and ‘Come on in’ as leaving your front and backyards full of debris.
A well-groomed yard conveys the message that a caring homeowner lives in the house! More often than not, that’s the house a burglar will skip!
In a previous article, we touched on several other tips for the homeowner.
Go out and spend some time outdoors.
Enjoy the season and use caution around your home!
Clean up, test and maintain the systems that will keep you safe when an emergency arises.
Everyone is a security expert. Sure, we all know what’s best for our home, our family, right?
We’ve been fed all sorts of lies and myths about how to keep our loved ones safe and secure.
Today, we will debunk three such lies!
Listen up, and take action if you aren’t as safe as you thought you were.
Most burglaries happen during the day.
Most burglaries happen during the hours of 10 AM – 2 PM.
That’s right! When you are away at work, running errands or busy at school, burglars are prowling your neighborhood, casing places to rob.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that bad things only happen once it gets dark!
There are simple ways to prevent you from becoming the next victim of a home robbery.
Here are three simple ways to prevent daytime robberies:
When asked what they look for when casing a home to rob, burglars responded with this:
When they see these signs, they move on to a home that is easier to get into.
Burglars do not want to ‘work’ for it. They want an easy target and no hassle. If they see home security signs, that by itself is often enough for them to move on to their next target!
Most burglars go where they see an opportunity. They do not plan their ‘route’ or their house. Sure, some burglars do case joints. But that’s it.
They go where they see windows open, no cars in the driveway, people leaving in a hurry, garbage cans or mail or packages sitting in the driveway or on the front doorstep, indicating someone is away for an extended amount of time.
Burglars will look like a normal delivery person, or a friendly would-be neighbor walking a dog on your street.
Most burglars do not wear masks or disguises and you won’t be able to know what they are up to if you’d meet them in the street. Do not give them a reason to stop at your home.
Do these three things:
Do all of these and the chance of your home being targeted by burglars will have significantly gone down!
As always, we are here to help you!
Just like your smartphone, your computer, and any other tech gadgets you may own, your security system needs upgrading too!
In this article, we will look at five reasons to upgrade your security system.
Whether you live in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand, somewhere else in South Carolina or elsewhere in the world, technology needs to be upgraded from time to time and upgrading your security system is not just a matter of convenience but a matter of your personal safety and security!
While there may be more than five reasons to upgrade your security system, we are going to look at these five most common reasons to help you decide whether to upgrade or leave it for a bit longer.
If you have a security system that was installed more than 5 years ago, it’s time to upgrade. Technology advances in the last five years make many devices and some epquipment absolete or outdated. There are newer and better cameras, systems, apps and other updates that will make your system run more smoothly.
Just like your car needs a tune-up, your security system does as well.
We aren’t saying you need to replace your system; upgrading the systems and adding some newer parts and equipment is most likely all you will need.
If you were single or married without children, or married with small children, or married and now are single, or you have babies, toddlers or teenagers – any changes to your family dynamics warrant an upgrade to your security system.
Reason being that new people might be using your system, and you are now monitoring different areas of your home.
This is a tricky one but important reason to upgrade your system.
Landlines used to be the standard way to install your security system, but criminals have learned to simply identify and cut landlines, leaving your home, and you, vulnerable.
Instead, your system should run on mobile technology on a secure and password-protected network you manage for all your computers and technology.
If you still have a system on a landline, call your security provider today and switch to a new system!
Security cameras have come a long way.
Security cameras used to be ugly, bulky and huge. In 2019, the choice is yours! Security cameras are sleek, small and hard to detect.
Adding cameras to your home or business is a smart way to monitor what goes on when you are away, from your smartphone or tablet!
Nothing like upgrading a security system right before a trip. Especially if it a long trip, or a far-away trip. Servicing and upgrading -where-needed before a trip will give you complete peace of mind while you travel.
If you get the right system installed, you will be able to monitor from afar, no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have Wifi! You could be Tahiti, Hawaii or Australia and still know and see what’s happening in your home or business from your device!
We at Strand Security can upgrade your system, whether you are a current customer, or not (yet). We’d love to help you navigate the world of security, making sure you get the right equipment, the right system and perfect security set up for years to come!
If you are a small business owner on the Grand Strand, in either Horry County or Georgetown County and you have employees, you know how hard it is to keep good workers around.
The Myrtle Beach area is a fairly transient area. While we have 1400+ new residents moving to the area each month, many don’t plan very well for their move to the Grand Strand. Crime is on the rise in certain areas, and robberies happen.
As a small business owner, you manage your business and you manage your employees. That’s a lot of management and responsibility.
Your main job is to keep your customers happy and your employees safe from harm!
That is where we at Strand Security come in.
Knowledge is power. We know you know it.
How are you putting this into practice?
Are you educating your staff on safety procedures, first aid, fire safety and more?
Or are you doing only what is required by law?
Happy employees create happy customers. Simple as that!
Let us help you create a safe and secure environment for your employees in order for them to serve your customers with a smile on their face!
While this is not a complete list, this is a great place to start!
Put each new employee through safety training.
That training would include
Once each employee has gone through safety training classes/workshops, keep this information fresh in the minds of all who’ve attended by installing safety rules and regulation signage and reminders in your place of business.
Bring in an expert at least once per year, but preferably quarterly to update safety procedures.
A 30-minute reminder about rules and regulations goes a long way to keeping everyone safe at work! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
This suggestion is good for certain industries and businesses; not everyone needs a security or safety officer on staff! However, in certain places and certain situations, this suggestion warrants a second look!
If keeping your employees safe is your # 1 concern in your business, give them and yourself peace of mind and have a professional security company equip your place of business with a monitored security system!
In addition to a monitored system, adding security cameras is an even better way to keep your employees out of harm’s way.
Last but not least, a panic button will be one of the best investments your small business can make to ensure the safety of your employees, and yourself at all times. Industries that should consider panic button include, but are not limited to
While the following training suggestions aren’t required for most small businesses, we suggest you as the owner provide additional opportunities for your employees to learn these next skills.
If you live in the southeast, you should have a hurricane emergency plan.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year and while most hurricanes are active in September and October, a hurricane could develop in the other months.
Hurricane prep for your family, home and business should start now, while the skies are blue and the sun is shining and most people are enjoying the beach.
Doesn’t matter whether you read this in June, July or August – Hurricane prep should be done weeks if not months before a named storm heads your way!
Besides your home and family, your business property will also need looking after during a hurricane.
What steps can you take today, to make that happen and how can you best protect your business property when a hurricane comes to the Grand Strand, or to the place where you reside?
Let’s look at 3 ways you can make an impact today, that will help you secure your business property later!
This written plan should layout how to prepare your building for a hurricane, different scenarios depending on the severity and strength of the hurricane, who will be in charge when the hurricane hits, whom to contact after a hurricane (electric company, water company, contractor, insurance agent), your insurance paperwork and suppliers information and other important details you will need, to keep your business afloat in times of inclement weather.
You see, panic sets in once the local news stations merely hint at a possible storm, and supplies will be gone before you know it.
As business owners who’ve lived on the Grand Strand nearly 10 years, we’ve seen a few storms head our way and we’ve seen business owners (as well as local residents) be ill-prepared.
Don’t get caught without a plan!
How scary will it be if you have to evacuate and leave everything you know and love behind?
Super scary! We know first-hand.
We offer this service to monitor your business year-round to
as another reason to get a remote monitoring system installed at your business property!
With this system in place, you can watch in real-time what is happening.
This monitoring becomes vital after a hurricane has come and gone as flooding and looting are two concerns that pop up afterward!
Last but not least, do the following as soon as you can, before any storm hits the Atlantic waters and stirs up the Grand Strand!
We’ve been through several hurricanes since moving to the Grand Strand area from Maryland and each one is as unpredictable as the next.
It’s not just the wind and rain you have to account for, but also flooding afterward!
Come talk to us about hurricane prep!
If you are a reader of our blog, you know both Chuck and Heather Bryant of Strand Security.
This is the mission of MBSD:
Myrtle Beach Self-Defense equips women and teenage girls with proven exit strategies and hands-on techniques to stand their ground, defend, and fight in case of a personal attack. We aim to transform any unsuspecting target into a powerful woman to be reckoned with through teaching of prevention and awareness techniques in every class. We are driven by personal experience to spread female empowerment to women of all ages and abilities.
This is THE time to book a private session with Heather, or book her time for your organization, association or group! Heather will travel to your group, and teaches at your location on the Grand Strand, both in Horry County as well as Georgetown County.
As you send your daughter off to college, off to school as a new driver, or if you’ve had a life change that now finds you spending more time alone, taking a self-defense class will boost your confidence and well as awareness to potentially dangerous situations.
Did we mention yet that Heather comes to YOUR LOCATION?
She’s taught self-defense classes at
We aren’t the only ones who understand the importance of self-defense for women and young girls!
WBTW News 13’s Lauren Crawford interviewed Heather for a news segment called
Watch it here:
We’d love to have you join a class this fall.
Connect with Heather today.
Email her at email@example.com, or go to the MBSD Facebook Page to message her.
If a hurricane might be on its way to the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach area, you’ll be monitoring the weather closely. Local news stations will have the latest updates and will be predicting the path of the hurricane, with limited success, of course.
Those who’ve lived here for years know that nothing is set in stone and that hurricanes can and do often change direction.
Usually, you have about a week before a hurricane has made its way to you from the time of the first warning.
So what is the first thing you need to do when a hurricane is headed your way?
Keep reading and we’ll tell you!
You read that right.
If a hurricane is headed your way, the first thing to do it to activate your emergency and hurricane plan.
What do these look like?
They are written plans which detail many steps to take to get your family to safety and include things like
and much more.
The important part of these plans is that you’ve done your homework BEFORE the threat of a hurricane reaches your area because if you don’t have a plan, and that happens, all bets are off to get supplies.
There will be an instantaneous shortage of sandbags, generators and hotel rooms, just a few things that are essential to having a safe and affordable hurricane plan.
Just a friendly tip; amazon sells sandbags and other hurricane supplies, so may we suggest you order items now, right now, and tuck those away for later?
Things to buy now, and tuck away in your hurricane supply kit include
Every local outlet will be scrambling to have as many of these supplies on hand as possible, but each time a hurricane heads this way we hear of people missing out on sandbags and other items on this list as the supply lines dry up quickly.
Amazon and online purchasing should be done before the threat of a hurricane because supply lines will close for everyone.
Order now, don’t delay.
If after a few days the weather pattern holds steady and it does look like a hurricane will make landfall or impact on the Grand Strand, or the area where you live, you will need to do many more things to get ready.
As a homeowner vs renter, you are the sole person in charge of your property. You will either need to hire someone to board up your house, or you will need to do it yourself. If you’d made a hurricane and family emergency plan, you will be all set and have these boards cut to size in your garage or storage shed waiting for you to board up your home.
If you failed to plan for this possibility, you will be hard-pressed to find boards at any home improvement store!
The Grand Strand is growing! Over 1400 people are moving to our area every single month. Many are arriving here form places that don’t ever see hurricanes so there are a lot of people who do not know how to prepare.
We’ve created the 2019 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners.
Please read, download and share! Tag a friend and prepare, just in case. It’s heartbreaking to see people panicked, afraid and just unprepared to either hunker down or evacuate without a plan and supplies. Being ill-prepared could cost them their lives.
Your safety is our business.