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I am the social media manager for Strand Security Systems in Myrtle Beach SC and Maryland. At Strand Security we strive to educate home owners and business owners on how to best protect their loved ones as well as their business assets. Your security is our business!

The Best Location for Your Outdoor Security Cameras

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Do You Currently Have Any Outdoor Security Cameras?

If you have security cameras in and around your home, let us ask you some questions!

  • How often do you check your camera?
  • How often is there maintenance done on your security cameras?
  • When was the last time your cameras were serviced?
  • Do you know how to clean around your cameras?
  • How old are your cameras?
  • Did you check your camera settings after the last hurricane?

If you are a bit baffled and don’t have all the answers, no worries. Many people are of the belief that’s it is best to install-and-forget!

We don’t agree and we will tell you why, in this article today!

What Are you Protecting Outside Your Home?

At some point, you decided you had a need for outdoor security cameras and purchased them. Someone installed them for you because we know that DIY jobs are not the best choice when you deal with security.

Are the needs you had when you purchased your security cameras the same as your needs now?

Families change. Business change.

Shouldn’t your security plan change, too?

If you’ve never had any cameras installed, something must have happened that you are reading this and inquiring about getting security cameras for your home or business!

What Are You Protecting Inside Your Home?

How about inside your home? Who and what are you protecting?

As babies grow into toddlers, then kids, and then teens, the need to monitor certain areas of your home changes.

If you’ve not thought about the position of your security cameras for years, it’s a good idea to update your security plan. Work with your local security systems dealer to upgrade, update and (re)install cameras that work for your current needs!

One example might be that while you had small children, you had a camera installed in the playroom, but now you might want one in the garage or game room; whichever spot your teenagers hang out!

Not All Outdoor Security Cameras Are Created Equal!

Just know not all security cameras are created equal and they do need an update now and then.

We have several resources for you to check things out.

What is the Best Location for Outdoor Security Cameras?

Now that you have a better understanding of what security cameras are capable of and how they work, here are the places you should consider installing outdoor security cameras.

🔥Front Door

Around 34% of burglars enter through the front door; place the camera at the second-floor level so that the burglar can not reach up and disable your camera.

🔥Back Door

Most backdoors cannot be seen from the street. Place a camera pointed at the backdoor to spy on possible intruders.

🔥 Backyard (Gates)

Animals, pets, neighborhood kids and burglars might be using the backyard and a backyard gate to approach your home. Keep on eye on your kids and pets with your camera; keep an eye out for intruders, too.

🔥 Basement Window and/or Stairs

If you have a basement, or outside stairs to a second-floor landing, you should be placing a camera pointed at those stairs.

🔥 Ground Floor Window

Any ground floor window not accessible from the yard and not in full view of the street could be used as an entry point. Place a camera near every such window.

Additional Location Ideas for Security Cameras

Sometimes you want to disguise your cameras, especially if the cameras themselves would be a target to get stolen.

Disguise your cameras and hang them in/on

  • large trees
  • barn gabels
  • garage roofs
  • porches
  • dog house
  • roof of playset
  • flagpole
  • large (potted) plants
  • outdoor shower area
  • pool deck

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What Makes a Powerful Surveillance Camera?

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Is there a difference between a surveillance camera vs a security camera?

Sure, there is.

Today, we will explain the difference between these two so that it comes time for you to make a decision on which type of camera is best for your business you will be well informed to protect your employees and the investment you made in your business.

A surveillance camera is a security camera, but a security camera isn’t always a surveillance camera. 

Surveillance cameras are often used by businesses but can be used for private property if the property is large and safety and security are of utmost importance at all times.

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What Does a Surveillance Camera Do?

Here is the definition of a surveillance camera:

Connected to a central system, the surveillance cameras send footage back to a monitor that displays what the cameras see. Unlike traditional television broadcasting, CCTV sends a closed signal to the receiving monitor, allowing viewing to be strictly observed by the connected equipment, only.

Here is what security cameras do:

Most security cameras on the market today are standard analog security cameras connected directly to a digital video recorder. The cameras in this type of system consist of a lens, DSP chip (digital signal processing chip) and a housing. The cameras are simply the window used by the DVR (digital video recorder) to see.

To explain it simply, it is really the difference of the job each camera needs to perform.

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Who Needs a Surveillance Camera?

  • If you are a large company on a large piece of land with valuable assets, you might need surveillance cameras.
  • If you have a large warehouse or a big store, you might need surveillance cameras.
  • If you are a municipality and responsible for public safety, you might need surveillance cameras.

Check out this article on the use of CCTV cameras for businesses, which includes 10 tips for choosing the right security cameras for your business.

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What Makes a Powerful Surveillance Camera?

There are a variety of different types of surveillance cameras which suit different situations or premises, and that selecting the proper camera for the right application really is vital.

This includes but isn’t limited to

Each camera chosen will be chosen for the specific job it needs to do. You local security expert will recommend the best camera for your needs. Whatever you decide, we don’t recommend doing this.

What To Look for When Purchasing a Surveillance Camera?

We recommend you just pick up the phone and call your locally owned and locally operated small business who specializes in home and commercial security systems.

Chances are they know exactly what you need and will give you several options and several brand and systems to chose from.

Why do all this research and work ahead of time when that is all they do, all day long?

When you are ready, give us a call! We serve customers in both Horry County and Georgetown County.

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

 

The Best Myrtle Beach Security Company To Protect Your Family in 2019

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Who Protects Your Family From Harm?

It is almost 2019.

If you live in South Carolina as we do, you are still enjoying the weather and outdoor time as winter still has not really hit our area. We’ve been visited by a hurricane or two, and lots of rain has fallen, but temperatures have barely dipped below freezing and the sun is out on most days.

Kids are riding brand new bicycles, golf is being played and time is spent at the beach.

While you might be enjoying time away from home this holiday season, your home (and business) might be left unattended.

If you do not have a security system installed, you run the risk of losing valuables while you are away to burglars, home invaders, and vandals.

Whether someone planned to rob you, or they commit a crime of opportunity doesn’t really matter to you once this crime has happened, but there is a BIG difference between the two.

Planned robberies are hard to prevent, but a crime of opportunity is often preventable!

Who Protects Your Property When You Are Not Around?

When you leave your home, there’s isn’t anyone to sound the alarm in case of an emergency or robbery, unless you have a monitored system in place.

We can’t stress enough how easy home and business monitoring is to set up on our end, to give you peace of mind for those times you can not be present.

We’ve worked with C.O.P.S. monitoring for years and are proud to have recently added Alarm.com to our line-up.

There should never be a question of ‘who is protecting what is yours?’.

You can protect everything by finding the best security company to work with!

Who is The Best Myrtle Beach Security Company?

There are several different ways to find the best Myrtle Beach Security company to work with.

We encourage you to

  • ask your neighbors for referrals
  • search online for reviews
  • call and speak to your locally-owned and locally-operated security company
  • check your neighborhood for security signs

and connect with several companies to compare rates & service offerings.

Why You Should Hire Strand Security To Protect Whom You Love!

Support local. Get the best!

  • We have over 25+ years of experience (combined) in the security industry.
  • We are a locally-owned and locally-operated small business.
  • We care about you, our customer, thus we only recommend brands we love and use to protect our own families.
  • We stay up-to-date on the latest brands, industry news and technology to give you the best quality for the best pricing.

Strand Security Is The Best Myrtle Beach Area Security Company

Don’t just take our word for it!

Check us out as a Top Security Blog.

and…

Strand Security was the Gold Medal Award Winner 2018 in Myrtle Beach this year in the ‘Security’ category.

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Let us know how we can serve you, too!

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

 

Strand Security Adds QolSys and Alarm.com To Their Family!

Strand Security Adds QolSys and Alarm.com

Strand Security Adds QolSys to their Line Up!

Technology should be simple!
Technology should be beautiful!

We at Strand Security have just added QolSys to our line up.

Watch this introductory video to learn more!

We are thrilled to be offering QolSys and Alarm.com to our Strand Security customers.

Let’s learn more!

Who (and What) is QolSys?

QolSys believes that

“technology can improve your life. From smartphones to computers, having access to information when and where we need it makes us smarter, more efficient, and more connected. Nowhere is this more significant than within the walls of our homes.”

The QolSys IQ Panel connects to an entire suite of mobile apps specifically designed for each platform.

With apps for iOS, android, windows, and even BlackBerry, you can be connected from your desktop computer, a tablet, a smartwatch, and a smartphone.

The user interface on each of these platforms was specifically designed to be consistent for an easy to use, intuitive experience.

It’s easy to find and download the app you need by searching for ‘Alarm.com’ in the application stores.

Alarm.com Available to Strand Security Customers

Alarm.com is the leader in Smart Home Security, giving you solutions to monitor, protect and automate your home. Take a tour of a Smarthome with Madison to see the possibilities!

Engineered for small and medium-sized business owners, Smarter Business Security combines intelligent intrusion detection, video surveillance, access control, and energy management into a single, cost-effective solution.

From the Alarm.com blog:

Traditional keys are a nuisance. You don’t need us to point this out, of course. You know how easy keys are to lose, or misuse. You know the inconvenience of tracking a key down when an employee leaves, and the expense of re-keying a lock when you can’t. You know about dashing to work to let people in when your manager gets sick and has to stay home.

But do you know about the new, easier, smarter alternative?

Smarter Access Control is a commercial access solution, engineered by Alarm.com to bring the benefits of modern access technology like smart locks and card readers to small and medium businesses. Powered by smart business security technology, it’s easy to use, enabling you to set up and manage secure, keyless access for you and your employees, across multiple locations, with no IT expertise or extra resources needed.

When we install your QolSys IQ panel, Alarm.com will power the system.

Official Alarm.com Dealer in Myrtle Beach

As an official Alarm.com dealer in the Myrtle Beach area, we serve Horry County as well as Georgetown County residents and businesses.

We can’t wait to show you the possibilities.

We welcome you to come to our Murrells Inlet showroom for a QolSys IQ panel demo anytime!

Let Us Secure Your Home and Business with Alarm.com

We would be honored to secure your home and business with QolSys and Alarm.com. Give us a call today.

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

Holiday Music Sounds Better with Sonos!

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‘Tis The Season For Holiday Music!

Merry Christmas.

Happy Holidays.

‘Tis the season to celebrate!

What better way to kick off the season and to really enjoy the holiday season than with holiday classic movies and holiday music!

Music and movies bring back happy memories and might trigger long-forgotten holiday celebrations.

Now – if you could not only bring holiday spirit, holiday movies and holiday music to your home, but you could do it with the best possible sound, would you be interested in that?

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Songs?

Let’s start by finding some holiday classics!

How is THAT for sound?!

We love how this song plays and sounds on the SONOS speaker!

Cool Apps To Use To Find New Holiday Music

Check out the many options you have for streaming holiday music on your SONOS speakers and sound systems!

Options include

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Amazon Music
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • SoundCloud
  • Deezer
  • Sirius XM
  • Tidal
  • TuneIn

If you already have a subscription to any of these music apps, all you need is a SONOS speaker and you are all set!

Holiday Music Does Sound Better with SONOS Speakers!

Why do SONOS speakers sound so good?

You can fill your home with

“rich, crystal clear sound for music, TV, movies, video games, podcasts, audiobooks, radio and more”

 Not only that, Alexa is built right in!
“With Amazon Alexa you use your voice to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations and more.”

Give The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long!

SONOS speakers are the gift the keeps on giving all year long!

SONOS Speaker makes a great holiday gift

Use the home speaker system for upcoming parties, including

  • graduation
  • anniversary
  • birthday
  • bridal shower
  • pool

No matter what time of year, SONOS speakers will provide you with instant rich-sounding music with just one voice command.

AVAILABLE in our Murrells Inlet Showroom!

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You Can Thank Your Lucky Stars Or Hire The Best Security Company

How Lucky Do You Feel?

Accidents and attacks happen in mere seconds. People get mugged, attacked, and robbed daily. Businesses get vandalized and their employees robbed and you might never have known about it unless it made the news.

Within precious seconds, or even in the blink of an eye, something can happen to you or a loved one that will alter the rest of your life.

How well you are prepared often dictates the outcome!

The more prepared you are for the potential of a natural disaster, personal attack, accident, home invasion, fire or another emergency, the better off you are.

Leaving it all “to chance” is one sure way to set yourself and your loved ones up for failure and a negative outcome.

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Do You Want Your Security To Be ‘Lucky’ or Scientific?

If you’ve never been

  • attacked
  • robbed
  • vandalized
  • in a fire
  • under attack
  • in an accident

count your lucky stars!

Each year, millions of Americans deal with the aftermath of personal disasters like accidents, home invasions, fires, attacks, vandalism and more.

Let us look at some statistics and scientific data next, to find if preparation for an emergency can make a difference.

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Facts and Data Don’t Lie!

We contract with C.O.P.S Monitoring Services and this is why!

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This means that when you do have a home or business emergency, help is on the way instantly, even if you are incapacitated due to injury, smoke inhalation, an attack or another emergency!

Safewise states: “Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home.”

How is this for a statistic: “Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.” It’s easy to prepare and to make sure to lock up every night to prevent burglaries.

Don’t Leave It To Luck. Hire The Best Security Company Now!

We are on standby to help you and yours.

Your security is our business here at Strand Security and we take it very seriously.

We are a locally owned and locally operated business and we want nothing more than help to protect those whom you love and that what you’ve worked so hard for!

Come to talk to us and learn the difference.

We Are Thankful For Our Customers!

We wouldn’t be where we are today without our loyal customers.

To our current customers, we’d like to say “We enjoy doing business with you and thank you for your patronage.” For those who are not customers yet; “What are you waiting for?” Pick up the phone and give us a call!

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How To Easily Select the Best Home Audio System

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Are You Looking for a Home Audio System?

Who doesn’t love music, right?

A home audio system will enhance your listening enjoyment as you will be able to customize to your personal wishes.

  • Want a system that also plays music outside? ✔️
  • Need something that is easy to use? ✔️
  • Looking for integration with an existing system in your home? ✔️
  • Wishing for the latest technology? ✔️
  • Hoping to purchase from a local dealer? ✔️
  • Don’t want to spend hours on installation? ✔️
  • Like listening to music in all rooms of your home? ✔️

Whatever your wish may be, Strand Security can help you find the best home audio system!

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Home Audio Systems Will Change Your Home Entertainment Life!

What happens when you get a home audio system installed in your home?

All the feels!

✅ JOY

✅ CALMNESS

✅ LOVE

✅ SERENITY

✅ DELIGHTFULNESS

✅ ELATION

✅ LIVELINESS

✅ REMINISCE

and so much more!

You will be able to turn on music, news, broadcasts, podcasts, radio stations etc with the click of a button or the sound of your voice, no matter where in (or outside) your home you are.

Are you ready to sing, dance, tap, clap and be entertained?

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What Home Audio System Is Best For You and Your Home?

That depends on many factors and the best way to get a good answer is to come to speak with us at Strand Security.

You are welcome to come to our showroom in Murrells Inlet for demos, or we can come to you.

Either way, get an expert at audio systems to recommend a few options.

Strand Security Featured Home Audio Products

Strand Security is proud to install only the best of the best.

Here are the home audio brands we love and install in homes in Georgetown County and Horry County!

Klipsch

Speakers & Headphones

  • USA engineered
  • latest technology
  • surround sound systems

Onkyo

Check out their product line here.

  • complete home theater systems
  • personal audio systems
  • works with Sonos
  • Google assistant build-in

Bose

Better sound through research

  • soundbars
  • headphones and sleepbuds
  • powerful performance
  • versatile designs

Sonos

Home Sound Systems

  • perfect for football season
  • colorful
  • wireless
  • stream via WiFi

Origin Acoustics

Includes outdoor speaker product line

  • dedication to sound reproduction
  • functionality
  • aesthetics

How To Get The Best Home Audio System Installed

This is the easy part.

Once you’ve decided what you want and when you want your system, one phone call to Strand Security is all it takes to get scheduled for installation.

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Seven Solid Reasons You Need a Business Security System

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Are You A Local Grand Strand Business Owner?

Whether your business is here in South Carolina on the Grand Strand or elsewhere if you are a business owner with a business with a physical location including

  • warehouse
  • store
  • medical facility
  • restaurant
  • office suite
  • office building
  • shed
  • trailer

or any other building – you are in need of a business security system!

To start any business takes an investment of time and money.

We know because we are business owners ourselves. If you have invested your hard-earned money and/or life savings into a new business venture, don’t you want to make sure this investment is protected against all sorts of crime and accidents?

Crime Statistics for Myrtle Beach, Horry County and Georgetown County.

The local crime statistics aren’t pretty.

The Myrtle Beach area is a fast-growing area with many transient families and individuals. We are also a tourist hot-spot; millions of non-residents come to visit our shore and golf courses every year. They not only bring their families and money to spend, they also attract criminals.

To learn more about daily Myrtle Beach criminal activity, or any city you live in, check this out.

You can also you NeighborhoodScout to check on crime near you.

To learn more about why Myrtle Beach was listed on ‘Most Dangerous City’ reports, read this.

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Learn To Protect Your Investment!

When you start a business, there are many things to consider.

You have to

  • write a business plan
  • create a budget
  • get funding
  • purchase equipment
  • hire staff
  • market yourself

and much much more.

One of the most frequently dropped but important tasks is getting the right insurance coverage up front and installing a business security system.

And of course, always lock your doors!

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You Need a Business Security System

If you own a business, you need a business security system.

If you own a business, your responsibility isn’t just for yourself, but also for those you employ.

The personal safety of your employees is now in your hands, is now your responsibility.

Just this one fact alone should have you pick up the phone and call us immediately. You can not go back and prevent a crime once it has happened. You can not go back and prevent someone from getting hurt once they’ve been hurt. You can not go back and give someone back their life if their life was taken during a robbery.

Equipment, buildings, inventory and your fleet can be replaced and if you’ve got the right insurance, without too much hassle. People lives is a whole different matter.

Let’s look at a few reasons to call Strand Security and get a business security system installed by the end of the year!

7 Reasons To Install a Commercial Security System

Here are 7 solid reasons to install a business security system!

  1. Deter crime before it happens
  2. Keep vandals and squatters out
  3. Protect your employees and customers
  4. Deter employee theft
  5. Save money on insurance
  6. Alert authorities in real time when a crime happens
  7. Gather evidence in case of a crime

We’d be happy to discuss any of these with you at any time. Let’s get you protection.

Give us a call today!

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

 

Introducing the Honeywell Smart Home Security System!

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Amazon Alexa™ and Honeywell Have Teamed Up!

This could very well be one of the most in-demand holiday gifts for 2018! You heard it here, alright? 😉

Honeywell and Amazon Alexa™ have teamed up to give you the best of home security and technology; introducing one smart system called the Honeywell Smart Home Security System!

This is great for any homeowner, on the Grand Strand, or elsewhere!

Is The Honeywell Smart Home Security System Right For You?

To find out if the Honeywell Smart Home (Security) System is right for you, watch this video.

We find it super exciting to see an amazing brand we love, use and recommend to our customers here at Strand Security aka Honeywell, move forward with a partnership of this magnitude, with Amazon Alexa™,  and serve their customers even better!

The Honeywell Smart Home Security System is an all-in-one home security system that is expandable to fit your life and home, now and in the future. Easy to set up, use and featuring Amazon Alexa™ built in it sends smart alerts to your mobile device.

How is this different from Honeywell Total Connect?

“Security just got smarter”

The all-in-one system with facial recognition and Amazon Alexa™ built-in sends smart alerts to your mobile device. Easy to set up and use, it grows with your needs thanks to a range of sensors and services.

Making Your Home a Honeywell Smart Home!

Whether your home is large, medium or you live in an apartment; your home can be a Smart Home too!

Honeywell Smart Home Security

The same protection and security features, now linked with Amazon Alexa™ to make your home smart and interactive!

Exciting Honeywell Smart Home Security Features!

The new Honeywell Smart Home Security System starts with the purchase and installation of a camera base station.

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Additional accessories to enhance the system include

  • indoor motion viewer
  • outdoor motion viewer
  • motion sensor
  • access sensor
  • key fob

The best part about this new system?

You can control it all with the Honeywell Home app!

Get it for your Apple Devices here.

Get is for your Android Devices here.

One place, one app.

Everyone in your family has access and full control over your safety and security, in real time.

Strand Security and Honeywell Smart Home Security

We understand that some of our customers will be able to set up and install the Honeywell  Smart Home System on their own.

However, we wanted to make sure that you know that we offer installation of the Honeywell Smart Home System and help with integrating it with your current home alarm system.

Why struggle with the set up if we can do it effortlessly, right?

For those who choose to ask for help with set up and installation, we will make sure you receive a demo and understand how your Honeywell Smart Home works before we leave.

We want to make sure you understand your system and know how to operate it!

Give us a call to purchase a system, or to ask for installation and set up if you already have a system but need help.

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

We Are Proud To Be A Top Home Security Blog!

Strand Security is a Top Home Security Blog

We have some news to share and something to celebrate with you, our readers!

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We were recently named a Top Home Security Blog by Lockpick World.

It’s a great honor to be included in this list of top blogs, for sure!

Their words:

These blogs, websites, and experts are some of the best in the field of home security. They can supply, guide, and educate you with everything you need.

Wow!

These are great, encouraging words to hear. We work hard each week to provide with you with an updated article about everything home security – and commercial security, too – so that you may stay safe!

We always aim to

✔️supply you with answers to any home security questions you may have

✔️guide you to make decisions that are right for you, your family and business

✔️educate you about the latest technologies available in our security industry

It seems we are on track!

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Your Security, Our Business!

We stop at nothing to give you the best, day in, day out!

We strive to give our customers the best

  • customer service
  • brands
  • equipment
  • monitoring service
  • response time
  • value
  • pricing
  • overall experience

We’d love to hear what you think of us!

Online Reviews for Strand Security

We value our customers, each and every one of our customers, and while it is amazing to be recognized as a Top Security Blog by a peer organization, we really love it when our customers leave positive Facebook and Google reviews for us online!

These reviews help future customers know more about Strand Security and what we do!

Let us be real!

As much as we can tell you about our customer service, our brand, equipment, and company, people trust other people more than they trust businesses.

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Review Us Please!

If you’ve ever interacted with us, we’d love for you to take a few minutes to review us.

It will help future customers makes decisions, and it will help us to be found online.

Lockpick World has this to say about us and our blog:

Strand Security believes in making a safer world and works toward that goal one customer at a time. Such is its focus in attending to its patrons that every person who employs Strand Security’s services rests with a lighter heart, confident in the total security of their homes. In fact, its motto is “Your security, our business.”

We now proudly display this logo!

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