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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!

Are Home Security Systems Worth Investing In?

☆ Are you on the fence about purchasing a home security system?

☆ Are you not 100% convinced your home needs a security system?

☆ Are you afraid of the cost associated with a home security system?

If you are, you are not alone.

Cost is one of the deciding factors for many homeowners as to whether they go with or without a home security system.

Don’t wait for until you need us because then you are too late! Quite a few new customers come to us with recent trauma of being victimized in their own home.

Today we will answer the question whether a home security system is worth investing in!

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Investing in a Home Security System. What is it Worth to You?

Peace of mind goes a long way, and until you’ve lost peace of mind, until you’ve lost that feeling of being safe and secure in your own home, you don’t know and can’t understand what it’s like to be a victim of a home invasion or burglary.

Victim report feeling scared, upset, victimized and are afraid to be in the one place that should make them feel safe.

Why would you want to wait to find out what that feels like?

We bet you have

  • health insurance
  • homeowners insurance
  • life insurance

all because you are thinking ahead!

Having a home security system is like having insurance for your personal and mental well-being!

What Does It Cost to Get a Home Security System?

No matter where you live, right here in South Carolina like we do, or elsewhere, home security systems are affordable for almost all homeowners.

Systems come in all shapes and sizes and monitoring can start for a little as $30-$50/month.

The total cost of the system installation depends on several factors like

  • current equipment
  • size of the home
  • brand
  • integration with other home systems

The simplest of simple home security system is better than not having one at all, since having an activated system will deter potential criminals from coming into your home!

If a Home Security System Is An Investment, What Do You Get Out of It?

There are several GREAT things you get out of investing in a home security system.

  1. The first thing you get is peace of mind for all parties. Parents, babysitters, teenagers etc.
  2. Next, you should talk to your insurance company and submit a request for a reduced home insurance rate
  3. When you do have a system in place and an incident occurs – fire, medical emergency or breakin, help is on the way quickly, without delay!
  4. Last but not least, when circumstances do changes i.e. you have a new baby, hire a sitter, are ready to leave your child home alone after school, or have an elderly parent move in, you are ready to adjust your system to your new circumstance.

Integrating Your Home Security System with Your Other Systems

Did you know what your home systems can all work together? We at Strand Security would love to help you make the most of your current system. Maybe you need new cameras? We can help!

Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security business. We live where we work, just like you.

And the answer to whether a home security system is worth investing in… is yes! If you need one more reason, consider this: if you are interested in selling your house at some point, having a fully wired and ready-to-go security system installed is a selling point!

Give us a call soon.

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The Best and Most Effective Personal Self-Defense Weapons to Carry on You

January is National Personal Self-Defense Month.

Each year we highlight this important awareness month because we believe that awareness leads to power which leads to prevention.

Preventing a crime is always better than reacting to one. Strand Security has been dedicated to not just security, but personal safety for many years. We even have our own Myrtle Beach Self Defense division. Learn more about how this came to be here.

This article will lists several options of self-defense weapons you can carry on you, as you go about your day.

Protect yourself: learn self-defense techniques and carry a weapon of some sort to ward of an attack.

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The Personal Taser

A taser works like this:

Electric TASER devices work by delivering a high-voltage, low-current electrical discharge into the body of an assailant, overwhelming the muscle-triggering mechanisms of their body. The shock is painful and can paralyze the assailant, but the electric TASER device as a non-lethal weapon is generally considered safe.

The keyword here is that a taser can paralyze the attacker, opening up an opportunity for the victim to get away! Taser can only be used by making contact with an assailant. S/he has to get within reach for your to deploy this self defense weapon.

Pepper Spray

Much like the taser, pepper spray can be used to fend of an assailant or attacker. The advantage over a taser is that pepper spray can be used from a distance – you do NOT have to wait to use this weapon until physical contact is made.

A small can of pepper spray can be tucked into a pocket, sock, or even a bra. It’s easier to carry than a taser, and is recommended for those who workout outside – i.e. runners, bicyclists, hikers etc.

Pocket Weapons

Pocket weapons can be anything from a swiss army knife, keys, small tools, sharp objects – i.e. anything that is strong, sharp, pointy and light weight.

While pepper spray can be used from a distance, pocket weapons, like a taser, are only to be used as a last resort when in close contact with the assailant. Pocket weapons can be hidden in … pockets, but also in backpacks, fanny packs and a purse.

Heavy Flashlight

A heavy flashlight can serve double duty. Light the way and serve as a weapons when needed. A heavy flashlight, used strategically, can knock down a grown men or woman and incapacitate them. This gives the victim opportunity to escape.

Whistle / Air Horn

A whistle or air horn deployed at close range can damage the eardrum, and at the same time, strongly deter an assailant from carrying out the intended attack. Loud sounds alert bystanders to the fact that an assault is in progress, thus rallying support for the victim. Most assailants will turn and run when confronted with a loud noise.

Smartwatch

Last but not least, your smartwatch can be used to help victims in several ways.

1. Emergency SOS. Simply press and hold the side button below the digital crown dial on the upper right side of the Apple watch. The watch will automatically call 911 and send a text message to up to five emergency contacts you previously selected and stored within the watch. The Apple Watch reveals the wearer’s exact location and serves as a speakerphone, allowing the user to communicate with a 911 operator or emergency contacts.

Several Galaxy smartwatches also have an SOS feature, accessed by pressing the home key on the lower right side, that will alert contacts you’ve previously entered on the smartphone paired with the watch.

2 GPS location tracking. An Apple iPhone can be used to track an Apple Watch wearer’s exact location in real time. This is a useful feature and helpful during an assault or kidnapping especially when a victim is incapacitated in some way, and can’t call 911 or speak to an operator.

Prevent Being Victimized. Learn Self Defense.

While not all assaults, attacks and crimes can be prevented, learning self defense and awareness about personal safety does help in reducing your risk for being a victim.

Heather of Strand Security has been teaching personal self defense classes to the Grand Strand Community for over 5 years. That includes Girl Scouts, business organizations, sororities, council of the aging and more!

Contact Heather today to schedule your class.

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How To Get Ready for 2022 With Our Best Home Security Tips

2022 Is Almost Here! How Will You Protect and Secure Those You Love?

In just a few weeks, the calendar will turn to 2022.

Are you ready?

Protecting the ones you love should be your number one priority, followed by protecting your hard-earned possession. Strand Security partners with individuals, families and businesses to do just that!

Your security is our business!

As we close out 2021 with Strand Strand Security’ s last blog article in 2021, let’s look ahead to how you can get ready for the most amazing year (2022!) with our Best Home Security Tips!

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Activate Your Alarm System – When You Leave and When You Arrive!

Why not use it if you got it?

We continue to be surprised to find that the majority of home security system owners only activate their alarms when they are not home! Right, we mean that people will arm the system and set it to ‘away’ when they leave, but fail to arm the system when they are home.

Wait?! Yep!

TIP: You should use the system when you are home! Really!!! Protect yourself and those you love against a home invasion, possible burglary or worse.

You got? Use it!

Keep Your Yard Trimmed and Cleaned Up

You want to tell the world you care about your property. Tell them you care enough to landscape, trim hedges and bushes and you are aware of changes happening in your yard.

This signals to a potential burglar on a stakeout to skip your home! They do not want to meet a homeowner – burglars want to enter your home undetected and want to leave before anyone notices they are there. Install Motion-Detecting Flood Lights Around Your Home and Office

Lights deter. But leaving lights on all night is not a great option. While you could use timers to turn lights on and off, why not use motion-detecting lights to flood the doorways, windows and parking lots when people approach your building!

Crime can happen during the day. However, the cover of darkness makes sneaking in and out of a building much easier. Don’t make it easy for a criminal. use light to deter them.

Test your System Periodically

We at Strand Security help our customers test their systems. We want to make sure that during an emergency situation – home fire, carbon monoxide, medical emergency, hurricane, flood etc – your system will alert the proper authorities!

Testing should be part of your standard maintenance list done on your home!

Upgrade Your Security Cameras

The newest, latest security camera technology is amazing. No more grainy pictures, no more guessing who is trying to break in. Clear images and wireless options, wired or wireless, there are many options and each year they get better and better with advanced technology. If you’ve not updated your cameras in a long time, come talk to us.

We’d be happy to give you a quote to upgrade your current system!

Keep an Eye On Crime Stats in Your Neighborhood

Last but not least, keep an eye on the crime stats for your neighborhood, your town, your county. Not all crimes make the paper or the news, but there are places you ca find real data on crime.

We don’t recommend you get obsessed with numbers, but a forewarned person can action to prevent certain crimes from happening. Why not be prepared?

If crime in your area is in on the rise, read this.

Strand Security: Serving Horry County and Georgetown County

We are here when you need us, but we prefer to help you before you really need us aka you’ve been a victim of crime! 😉

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Strand Security. May your 2022 be filled with joy, happiness and and may you always feel safe and protected!

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3 Reasons Why Sonos Will Make Your Holiday Music Sound Better

‘Tis the Season To be Jolly

Happy Holiday season 2021!

It’s December and holiday music is everywhere.

  • Recitals
  • Retails stores
  • Radio

and at home?!

We hope you are getting a feel for the season with beautiful holiday sounds.

We at Strand Security here in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina love getting into the holiday spirit by playing holiday music on our Sonos speakers.

We do not just sell and install Sonos, we use these speakers in our office and home daily. We just love Sonos for ourselves, and our customers.

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Let’s look at the three top reason Sonos will make your holiday music sound better!

1 Sonos Speakers Offer Incredible Sound

There is no comparison, at least that we’ve found. Sonos speakers offer incredible sound, and as there are an array of Sonos speakers to choose from, they offer size-defying sound in any room you install or place your speaker.

Be the sound hero of the season. Play the best music with the best-quality speaker at your next holiday party.

2 Sonos Speakers Will Play in Multiple Rooms in Your Home of Office

From Sonos:

Enjoy a more immersive listening experience when you place speakers in different rooms around your home. Use the app to pair your speakers together in the same room on WiFi for detailed stereo separation and a wider soundstage.

If you are planning a holiday get together with friends, family or your office, enjoying music as you move from room to room is quite an amazing experience.

Using the Sonos app, enjoy an immersive listening experience!

3 Sonos Speakers Are Easy to Integrate with an Existing Smarthome System!

At Strand Security, we install and service smarthome systems daily for our customers. We are able to add your new Sonos speakers to an existing home theater setup, or adding it to Zwave or URC smarthome system, too!

Why not upgrade this holiday season and add some Sonos in your home of office?

BONUS: Sonos Speakers are Portable and Offer Effortless Charging!

If you are looking for a smaller investment with big payout, we suggest grabbing a nice mid sized portable Sonos speaker. The engineers at Sonos have developed an amazing and unique effortless charging system and the sound will go on and on and on!

Hosting a Holiday Party? You’ve Got To Get Sonos

Whether you are hosting a holiday recital, party or movie night, Sonos will wow your guests!

In the mood for fun? Sonos is a must-have for those who like to entertain.

Not technically inclined? We offer installation to our customers! Come and visit us in Murrells Inlet to learn more about Sonos.

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7 Family Gift Ideas For The 2021 Holiday Season

It’s December! Happy Holidays 2021

Raise your virtual hand if you’ve been out shopping for gifts! Many Americans start early; they shop all throughout the year and start serious shopping as early as September.

Of course,there are those among us who wait until the last minute, or just can not find the right gift for the right person.

Have you ever considered giving a family gift? We’ve put together 7 awesome family gift ideas that work for the holidays, or any other momentous occasion (think New Baby, Adoption, Anniversary)

Here they are…

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7 AWESOME Family Gift Ideas For The 2021 Holiday Season

1 Family Season Pass to an Amusement Park

One of the best gifts you can give a family is the gift of an experience. Why not purchase a family pass to a local-to-them amusement park? In the Myrtle Beach area that means a park like Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park or one of several Waterparks. Most of these parks offer a family season pass valid for a few months or a whole year to enjoy over and over again!

2 Family trip

If you are a grandparent, or aunt/uncle and you want to go big… consider inviting your family on a trip somewhere special. It could be a country like Mexico or Costa Rica, or a family destination like Walt Disney World. No matter what you pick, if the trip is a gift, you’ll have a blast.

PS This is one of the best gifts to give because YOU will enjoy this gift as well.

3 Camping Gear

For the sport and outdoor enthusiasts, why not get a camping gear package together. Nothing says ‘family fun’ like sleeping in a tent! Don’t stop at the tent. Supply the sleeping bags, backpacks and the makings of an outdoor kitchen. Be sure the tent your purchase is big enough for the family to invite you, too! 😉

4 SONOS speaker System

For the family that has everything, or those who have older teens, a SONOS speaker system could be a perfect gift. They often don’t want to go anywhere, but would like to host a party, or two! Give the gift of sound this season. Start by connecting with us – we don’t only sell these speakers, we install them as well.

5 ZWAVE

Does your family have gadgets, but no smarthome? Zwave can connect all your tech to create a smarthome. We love this technology and we are experts in putting this together for our customers. Give us a call to see if this might be the perfect gift for a loved one.

6 Family Membership – Jump Park, Zoo or Museum

How about a family membership to a local Jump park, Zoo or Children’s Museum? These passes make perfect gifts to busy families.

7 Home Theater

Last but not least, go big or go home: here is a BIG idea for the family (your own maybe?) that has everything! Give the gift of their own home theater! That would include the new TV, surround sound stereo, new seating and everything in between! It’s a gift that keeps on giving, year after year.

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How To Show Appreciation for Service Providers During the 2021 Holiday Season

‘Tis the Season To Give, Be Kind and Be Merry

It goes without saying that you should ALWAYS treat service providers with respect and kindness.

Despite us knowing that, the news is telling a different story!

Recent headlines tell us how

It’s despicable, unnecessary and just plain wrong!

Appreciation for Service Providers

5 Ways to Show Appreciation to our Service Providers!

Please use the holiday season to bring back kindness, giving and merriment!

Here are 5 ways you can show your appreciation for those who work so hard to make our 2021 Holiday Season bright and merry!

1 Converse and Smile!

Oh how simple, easy and FREE this tip is. Converse and smile when you encounter someone who is helping you. Whether they come to your house (delivery, installation, repair) or you meet them at their location (airport, restaurant, store), wishing someone a great day and smiling can make a huge difference in their day!

2 Be Patient

Next, be patient. We all know workers are expected to do more, with less help, as businesses can not find employees. Those that are still around are now tasked with more work and more responsibility!

“No one wants to work anymore, please be patient with the staff that did show up”

You might have seen this posted to social media, as we have, and it’s a good rule to follow. Do not take your frustration about having to wait longer out on those that did show up!

3 Provide Refreshments

If you have service providers come to your home, offer a hot cup of coffee, a cold bottle of water, and a snack, when applicable. It’s an easy way to say ‘thank you’ and much appreciated by those who work so hard.

Watch how these delivery drivers were surprised and delighted with snacks and drinks!

All ‘caught’ on Ring cameras, no less!

4 Show Kindness

Small acts of kindness are awesome. Think about what you can do to make someone’s day brighter.

Pay for someone’s lunch? Ask about their family? Smile? All these acts of kindness will carry forward. Random acts of kindness inspire others to also be kind!

5 Tip Generously

Last but not least, people are hurting for money. Show your appreciation by giving a generous tip! Don’t be caught being a Scrooge this holiday season.

Here’s a tip… 😉

Holiday Tipping Guide: Who to Tip and How Much

Do this and more as we are all dealing with the after effects of COVID-19.

Strand Security is Here To Serve

We are here to help you navigate your home systems. Smarthome systems, security systems, audio systems and more. Just give us a call, anytime and we’ll be happy to serve.

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3 Reasons to be Thankful During This Thanksgiving Month

‘Tis the Season to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is almost here, and while we are continue to be thankful for our health, our family, our growing business, our experienced staff, our amazing customers and the best brands we work with, we don’t express it on our blog too often!

Last November, we published ‘The latest security technology to be thankful for‘.

In another post, we talked about ‘being lucky and thanking the lucky stars’ vs ‘making smart technology and security decisions‘.

In the way-back wayback machine, we also found an earlier article featuring ‘3 reasons to be thankful for your security system‘.

Today, we are doing something different!

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The Pandemic Changed Everything

Almost everything we took for granted has changed during the last 21+ months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Things we didn’t even think about were suddenly… gone, or impossible to do.

Places we used to visit were off limits, vacations were cancelled, friends and family members got sick, some to never recover. Our kids adapted to online learning, to socialize over Zoom, deal with isolation, loss, restrictions and fear. Homes became a safe haven to many.

As we emerge out of this pandemic, we find that we are more resilient than we thought possible, changed more than we thought we wanted to and stronger that we could have ever imagined.

Let’s Be Thankful This Thanksgiving 2021

This Thanksgiving, we challenge you to recognize how fortunate we are here in the USA. While we have access to healthcare and medicine, people in third world countries are not as fortunate.

We are grateful for so many things, and we certainly want you to create your own thankfulness list to share with your families. Here is ours!

We are Thankful for Science

Where would we be without science?

Thanks to science we are closing on on reopening the world. We are closer to travel, closer to international vacations and going back to working in offices.

Thanks to science, fewer people are getting sick and fewer people are dying of COVID-19.

Thanks to science, students have (for the most part) returned to school.

Thanks to science we have new treatments for coronavirus, new ways to keep patients alive and get them through. Science is the key to reopening the world!

We are Thankful for Technology

In the midst of everything going on in the world, what would a world in the grip of a pandemic have looked like without technology? Isolation would have been more rampant than it has been, many more millions of employees would have been forced out of the workforce and students would have been ‘up the creek without a paddle’ so to speak!

Technology has allowed for continues, albite different education from Kindergarten all the way through college, and an asynchronous work opportunity for many employees.

Technology has keep us warm, safe, connected and alive!

We are Thankful for A Positive Mindset

More than anything else needed right now is the desire to live in a world full of love, care, and empathy. We are thankful for those around us with a positive outlook, a can-do mindset and a willingness to be a voice of kindness to all who need it.

This world needs empathy, compassion and patience. We are grateful to those who model this behavior day after day!

We wish for you to encounter this positivity wherever you may go. We wish for you to encounter helpfulness, kindness, and an outpouring of support and kindness as you navigate this new world post-COVID.

May you express your thankfulness to others, repay kindness with kindness and practice a positive mindset!

Thankfulness: Pass It On!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security, from our family to yours.

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How to Prevent Being a Burglary Victim During the 2021 Holiday Season

High Risk Holiday Season for Burglaries

Did you know that during the holiday season you are much more likely to become a victim of a burglary? Longer winter nights are partly to blame, but that’s not the only reason.

The chances of becoming a burglary victim increases by an average of 72 percent in December. In winter months, the peek of burglaries happens right around Christmas and the New Year’s Eve holiday, both December holidays.

In this article, we will give you tips on how you can prevent burglaries. These tips won’t be fool proof, but can certainly reduce your risk of being victimized significantly.

Whether you live in South Carolina like ourselves and our customers, or you live in another state in the United States, these same tips can be applied.

Prevent burglary during winter months

How To Prevent Being a Burglary Victim

Who doesn’t want to prevent tragedy? Who doesn’t want to prevent becoming a victim? Can we all agree that no one deserves to be burglarized?

There are steps that you, the homeowner can take to prevent being the next target.

What these steps entail is what this article is about.

Keep reading to find out what you can do now to keep your home, your business and your family safe during the 2021 holiday season.

Research Like a Burglar!

While some burglaries happen as a result of ‘opportunity’, most burglars do research and recognisance before picking their next target.

Criminals report that they ‘case’ whole neighborhoods to find the quietest streets, the darkest homes and the most desolate corners of the neighborhoods.

They watch for several days, even weeks and notice patterns like when residents leave for work, when they return and they looks for signs of homes that are unoccupied.

If you want to prevent a burglary in your home, research your neighborhood! Drive around at night, or go for an evening walk. Look for darker areas, neighbors with broken front door light and noticed which one your neighbors have security alarm systems!

It’s also recommended to look up the crime rate in your town and your neighborhood!

Think Like a Burglar!

Next, think like a burglar.

By looking at your own home, compared to your neighbor’s homes, what stands out, and what doesn’t? Is your home well-lit at night? Do you have floodlights on timers and sensors? Or it is your neighbors home and yours looks like a better target?

Do your neighbors have a large dog pen in their yard, or home security signage? If you were to burglarize a home on your own street… which one would you pick and why?

Next, look at how close are you to the next street, the next corner and are the streetlights functional? How busy is your street at 11 PM, at 5 AM but more importantly between 10 AM – 2 PM (which is the time most burglaries take place, despite linger night in winter!)

Keep all of these factors in mind as you make a plan to secure your home better!

Try To Break-In In Your Own Home

Last but not least, try to break into your own home.

Weird request? Sure, but go ahead anyway without much planning: go try to get into your own home RIGHT NOW.

Did you find

  • a not-so-hidden key?
  • an unlocked window?
  • an open door?
  • easy access through the garage?
  • your alarm system activated

Could you see

  • neighbors waving at you?
  • view of your neighbors windows?

or instead, you couldn’t see your neighbors house and yard – which in turn means they can’t see yours!

By putting yourself in the shoes of a criminal, you will quickly realize how easy to might be to get into your home.

We’ve written several great articles on what you can do to secure your home!

Here are the best resources to get you to take action today.

 

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The Best Security and Technology Brands We Recommend in 2021

Did You See Our Ad in Sasee Magazine?

If you live on the Grand Strand, you might have seen our ad in Sasee Magazine this past summer or this fall!

We are spreading the word of our services to homeowners new to the area, to those who want better services, and to those who want to switch and save money!

In case you missed the magazine ad, here it is.

Strand Security Services

What you are not seeing is the brands we work with here at Strand Security!

If you are looking for the latest technology, the best service, the best brands and technology, Strand Security has you covered.

Here are the best security and technology brands we recommend to our customers in 2021.

Honeywell on the Grand Strand

We install and service Honeywell Security Systems. Whether you live in Georgetown County or Horry County, we’ve got you covered. This is a trusted brand with many options for both home owners as well as commercial use.

URC Total Control

Smarthomes and smart business owners use URC total control! We love the technology of URC and we have many happy customers who can attest to this effectiveness of these systems!

Dahua

When installing security cameras, we look to Dahua for a wide range of options to offer our customers! They are a one-stop-shop for all things video!

Abiding by the philosophy of “Innovation for All”, Dahua offers a wide portfolio of security-related products, ranging from IPC, NVR, HDCVI cameras, HCVR, PTZ cameras, thermal cameras, Access Control, Video Intercom, Alarms, Mobile & Traffic products, display & control, VMS and so on. Dahua products are based on an open platform that features easy integration with third party partners through a standard SDK.

UBIQUITI

Ubiquiti is a multi-application network operating system. It connects all your networks, locations and gives you “Simple IT that just works”. Ask us about ubiquiti if you are a small to medium size business owner!

Sonos

Home sound systems and home theaters use Sonos speakers to bring the music to the party! We love and use Sonos right here at our office. Feel free to stop by for a demo anytime. Don’t forget: we don’t just sell Sonos speakers, we also install and service them and integrate these speakers into existing smarthome systems!

Onkyo

No home theater is complete without an Onkyo receiver and sound system!

From their website:

(Onkyo receivers are) affordable and versatile home theater centerpiece tailored to deliver a best-in-class entertainment experience for your movies, music, and next-gen gaming systems.

Denon

Denon home sound bars are an affordable choice for a home sound system!

No matter what Denon system you chose, be confident that Strand Security can install and service your new system for years to come.

Marantz

Master the art of listening with Marantz. Marantz products include

Z-Wave

Z-Wave is the smarthome control you need when convenience and ease-of-use is paramount!

Z-Wave is the leading wireless technology behind many of the secure, trusted brands that are working to make everyone’s home smarter and safer. With Z-Wave, smart home products can communicate with each other no matter what brand or platform they are built on using a central smart hub.

HikVision

The leader in security camera solutions is HikVision. We use and trust HikVision to keep our own family and business location safe and secure.

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What if a Panic Button Could Save Your Life or That of a Loved One?

Panic Buttons Are Not Just for Seniors!

Who doesn’t remember the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial? Did you know these LifeCall commercials started running on TV in 1987?

Be honest, when we say ‘panic button’ is that the image you have? This ‘panic button’ for LIfeCall was for a medical alert system.

This same concept of ‘instant alert’ is now affordable and available to anyone, anywhere and anytime, for both personal and commercial use. Let’s look at some user stories of panic buttons and how they are NOT just for senior citizens!

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Hospital Staff and Panic Buttons!

After a rise in aggressive patient behavior during the Covid pandemic, a Missouri hospital took seemingly drastic steps to keep their staff safe and secure by providing panic buttons!

From the video:

After an increasing number of patients became violent at Cox Medical Center in Missouri staff members were given personal panic buttons. The buttons use a GPS tracking system so security can locate employees when they are in trouble.

Banks and Panic Buttons!

You’ve seen this in movies, for sure, but did you know panic buttons at banks are standard?

This is how panic buttons at banks work:

Banks can hide a silent-alarm button on the side of a desk, under the teller counter or inside a safe. Some companies offer emergency buttons disguised as a key fob or a pendant. As soon as an employee flips the switch, it triggers the control panel at the alarm company. Some companies let the bank designate special buttons for particular emergencies. One button can be set to tell the company to send for paramedics rather than police, for example.

Gas Station and Panic Buttons!

In this article about gas station safety, panic buttons are mentioned as a ‘must-have’ safety net. Often, gas station attendants work alone. Personal safety is important when a co-worker is not available as a back up.

  • Make sure the panic button is within reach. There should be a panic button installed at the clerk counter in case of an emergency, such as theft or gunfire. Make sure that you know exactly where it is and that you can access it easily.

Heather’s Armed Robbery Story

Heather of Strand Security knew the importance of panic buttons. Her husband had his own security company and she’s begged her boss (at a retail store) to install panic buttons.

He did not.

Read Heather’s story of survival when she was robbed at gunpoint. She credits a high school self-defense class as helping her survive. She also knows that if she’d had a panic button to push, she might not have had to fight for her life!

Panic Buttons at Home. They Can Save Your Life or That of a Loved One

If you have already have a security system in place, and have 24/7 monitoring of your system, adding panic buttons is an easy way to add another layer of security!

Place the panic button in your bathroom or bedroom, basement or any place you want. Ask us and we ca help you chose the best spots!

We can also supply you with a portable, wearable panic button. NOTE: These will only work when your system is enabled, of course. Another reason to always arm your system!

Call us to start a conversation about panic buttons!

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

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