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Say what? Can you really integrate your car alarm system with your home security system?
Yes, now you can with Alarm.com and the latest smarthome technology. The program is called ‘Connected Car’. Learn more about it here in this article!
Why would you want to connect your home and car systems? Well, let us count the reasons!
Want to know what is happening with your car, in your car and where it is?
Connected Car offers customers 24/7 awareness—even when the car is parked and the engine is off—thanks to a dedicated cellular connection and backup battery. Now when your elderly parent, the babysitter or your teenager drives the car, you have the data you need for peace of mind!
Next, you can monitor your car as it drives. This is great for parents with a new teenaged driver, or an elderly parent, a nanny or if you are a business owner with a fleet of cars driven by employees. You can monitor speed, mileage, location and more.
Trust us, this will be worth every penny!
Connected Car allows customers to easily track their vehicle’s location, monitor its diagnostic health and receive alerts for speeding, towing and more—all from the Alarm.com mobile app.
APPLE: Download on the App store
ANDROID:Get it on Google Play
If you already have an Alarm.com system, it’s as easy as connecting with us at Strand Security. You need a car device that connects with your home system. Easy-peasy. let us know you want it and we will order and install it for you.
Happy Valentine’s Day! We wish you a wonderful day with the one you love. How will we spend Valentine’s Day? We will take time to be with our family!
Valentine’s Day is a great time to stop and thank those we love and those who have a daily impact on our lives.
Valentine’s Day is a great time to let someone know you care. And what says ‘I care’ more than helping someone stay safe and secure? Here are 3 tips to secure your home while you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, or not!
It seems so simple! Yet many people, teenagers and adults, make this mistake: they will announce their plans to go somewhere, online! Criminals do monitor social media and someone might see your post and know you are away for the day or the evening!
Posting your Valentine’s Day plans online is just not a smart move. Instead, wait until you are home to post pictures or a status.
It’s a simple way to secure your home and we certainly don’t wish a burglary on anyone! Holidays are prime days for criminals: they know people are excited, distracted and often let their guard down. Don’t be that person that is targeted!
If you have plans to go out and celebrate Valentine’s Day, please remember to do this one thing! Nothing will spoil your day or night quicker than coming home to a home that’s been burglarized!
Before you leave for the day or evening, remember to arm your system. It’s a simple thing to do but an equally simple thing to forget as you rush out the door to make it to a romantic dinner. 😉
Arm your system before you leave and have a fantastic date, worry-free.
Now if you have prepared a lovely backyard Valentine’s Day dinner, or any other home cooked family meal, don’t forget to arm you home! If you are distracted and busy in the home, you still would want your home to be armed, especially if you are in the backyard, or occupied somewhere in the house not near a entrance way. It’s a good habit to get into: arm your home when you are home!
Nothing says “I love you” more than keeping those you love safe and sound and caring enough to to action.
If you do not have an alarm system in your home, we encourage you to consider the possibilities! Come talk to us and protect those you love.
If you live in South Carolina or the Myrtle Beach area, it should come as no surprise to learn that crime happens in our area. We are a transient community with millions of tourists who flock to our shores, and golf courses. That tourist activity invites criminal activity.
In this article we will give a few tips on how to deter a criminal from target you!
If a burglar really wants to clean you out and rob you, s/he will and not much will stop them. However, more often than not, criminals will ‘case’ a house and if they see security precautions in place, they will skip you as a target and move on to the next house!
Ways to deter a criminal from targeting your home:
Ways to deter a criminal from targeting your car:
Next, let’s talk about personal safety!
Always, always, always be aware of your surroundings. Whether you are in a parking lot, busy mall, or going for a run: know who is near you and know where you are going! Looking and acting confident is a good way to deter a criminal from choosing you as their next target.
We further recommend self-defense classes for anyone and all.
The first lesson in self-defense is awareness of your surroundings. Keep your head up, no headphones or talking on your phone while walking in busy places, and know where you are going.
Stopping a robbery or preventing one starts with awareness!
Last but not least, criminals want an easy target and prefer a lonely target.
When running, or shopping, try to team up with a neighbor or friend.
At the same time, starting a neighborhood watch program is a great way to look out for one another. Sharing information with neighbors about potential criminal activity, and letting your neighbors know when you are away can also prevent crime. Partnering up is a smart way to keep yourself safe and secure.
If you have an alarm system, and it’s monitored, even if a crime does happen, you have the peace of mind that help is on the way! We highly recommend a monitored system which will alert authorities, in the event you are incapacitated. This can save lives as second, minutes count when crime happens!
If you have concerns about your security or personal safety, comes talk to us. We can customize a system that works for your home, your family or your business!
We are only a phone call away.
Happy 2021! While we may not all be happy where we are in this pandemic, at least we can say there seems to be a light at the end of the (long) tunnel.
How and where we
The housing market is booming, and so is marketing, outdoor equipment sales and home improvement, just to name a few industries!
In contrasts, the airline industry is in trouble, along with travel and restaurants.
We are seeing new trends and new technology take hold because of the changed circumstances we live in. Today, we’d like to look at 4 home security trends to look for in 2021!
Indeed! This trends that started in 2020 due to the Pandemic will continue far into 2021. As people spend more time at home, they want to improve their home. Increased demand for home security systems will continue far into 2021. Combine this with the increased home sales as people move out of cities to new places due to the ability to work remote and you have a ‘perfect storm’ and more people looking to connect with a local home security company!
As we all continue to spend more time at home, we want smarthome technology! Why not, right? What does this mean? Automation for daily tasks, mostly.
Connecting things like your thermostat, lights, security system, security cameras, shades and audio system so that you can automate through programming, as well as use voice commands to complete tasks. Amazing and smart!
While the demand for smarthome technology has increased, so has the demand for simpler ways to use and integrate these systems. As children, teenagers as well as elderly relatives are home alone more, the need to keep things simple is evident. Brands are looking to simplify technology with the end user in mind.
It has to be simple and easy to use. User-friendly apps, easy-to-read screens and technology integration for technologically challenged seniors are all ways brands are leaning into this trend.
Last but not least, we continue to see an increased demand for health-related features in our home and home security systems, as well as commercial security systems. We’ve seen the need for increased voice-command features so we can be hands-free and germ-free and temperature screening solutions for businesses. As parents continue to work from home and children continue to learn at home, this demand shall continue to increase and evolve.
While this is not a complete list, we are confident that these trends are on-point. Most likely we will see an increased demand in home security systems as more people are relocating. The Myrtle Beach and South Carolina Real Estate market has exploded. So many people who used to be geographically bound due to jobs, are now free to live wherever they wish. Many are choosing the Grand Strand for their new home.
We welcome you and your family!
How do you go about vetting the many choices of home security companies to find the one that is right for you?
This article will give you a few tips to get you moving in the right direction. Ultimately, it’s up to you to find and connect with the best fit and the best company to protect your home and family!
When it’s time to choose a home security company to install and maintain your security system, understand you should always focus more attention on customers service and brand quality, than on price.
Ultimately, just about anyone with a screwdriver can hang a security camera – but it’s the knowledge and years of experience that will tell a professional where to hang that camera and to what system to connect it, as well as diagnose system failures or service interruptions.
Connecting with the right security company means connecting with a company that is interested and invested in your community and will serve your community for years to come.
Here is how we would start a search to connect with the right home security company.
Before leaving your home, and don’t we all want to avoid that these days, start your research online. Google ‘local home security company’ and add your location if needed.
Look for websites, Google reviews, social media presence, online reviews and images.
Create a list of several local home security companies.
Next, ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. Don’t just ask ‘Who do you use?’ but ask them questions about WHY they picked that local business and what they love about working with them. Ask them what services they’ve contracted for and how responsive that company is when an emergency arises!
Last but not least, keep an eye out for service vehicles in your neighborhood. When you take your dog for a walk, try to find signs. When you take a bike ride with your family, look for those service vehicles. take note of which ones are helping your neighbors with their home security needs!
Now that you have developed a list of potential local home security companies you want to give your business to, pick up the phone and call! There is no substitute for a phone call inquiring about services!
You will know pretty quickly if you are getting what is ‘advertised’ so to speak!
Does a human answer the phone? If you got the answering service or a machine, how quickly, if at all, was your call returned? Did you get answers to your questions and a friendly human on the line? Move this company to the top of your list!
Once you have a top 3 of local home security companies you potentially want to work with, make a list of services you need now, and additional services they offer that you are interested in for a future project.
That could includes additional services like
One more point to drive home. We highly recommend asking each potential business if they are locally owned and locally operated. Supporting your local businesses in 2021 is more important than ever.
If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, in Horry County or in Georgetown County, we invite your to give us a call!
It’s a new year, a month and once again it’s National Self-Defense Awareness Month. While most of us are focussed on safety from germs and disease, it’s important to also be prepared for potential personal attacks.
Strand Security is proud to offer self defense classes through our Myrtle Beach Self Defense division.
January is not only a good time to set New Year’s resolution, but also a great time to assess risk.
A new year is a great time to do a safety and security audit!
What does National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month stand for and bring awareness to?
This month is designed to bring awareness to the need to learn self-defense and the reasons why.
Questions to ask yourself include:
Awareness months are designed to bring Public Service Announcements to the foreground.
As we realize that the world we live in today makes it harder for in-person instruction, we’ve collected a few videos for you to watch that share self-defense tips you could practice at home!
Here is the first video. These 13 tips are good!
The video is about 10 minutes long and the tips included are really good. Preparation is essential to survival in case of an attack.
Learn how to defend yourself without getting into trouble. Use it in a way where you protect without too much injury to the perpetrator.
Heather of Strand Security is trained in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Check out this amazing video.
Set boundaries to protect yourself.
“In a perfect world, women wouldn’t need self-defense because men wouldn’t perpetrate these crimes — but the world is far from perfect. The Gracie Women Empowered program is a jiu-jitsu-based women’s self-defense system which addresses the 15 most common threats against women.”
The best way to protect yourself from harm is to prepare.
Read. Learn. Watch self-defense videos, take a class, raise your awareness and learn more about prevention. Decide on training and potential weapons you might want use to during an attack.
Here are the steps we recommend.
Here are 7 types of people who should learn and know self-defense
Don’t hesitate to call us in 2021 if you need help with securing your property, business or need self-defense classes. We want you be safe, feel safe and continue to do so.
What a crazy we year we leave behind as we move toward 2021. The year 2020 brought us a pandemic of epic proportions, and with that, homeschooling, working from home and all sorts of new ‘firsts’ we might or might not have enjoyed.
The Grand Strand saw spikes of covid-19, increased hospitalizations, hybrid school programs and the closing of many small businesses.
As we move forward to what we hope and wish to be a better year, we’d like to look back one more time at the best of the best articles from this past year to give you ways you can continue to protect and keep your family safe in 2021.
Ring Cameras are an effective way to keep an eye on your home. Did you know that Strand Security installs Ring cameras in Horry County homes as well as Georgetown County homes? Learn more by reading this blog.
While we are entering a new year, we aren’t out of the wood yet with this pandemic. If you are (still) struggling) with homeschooling your children, give this article a read to see if technology could possibly help you as we enter the new year.
Earlier this year we released an article that talked about doing an safety and security audit for your home. Why would you need these audits? Things break. Kids grow. Family dynamics change! Just like you take your car in to be inspected or serviced, your child gets a checkup at the pediatrician every year, your home security system and your safety protocol need an audit yearly!
With so much technology available to us, it’s no wonder we are at the stage of being able to give voice commands to do just about anything in and around our home. Voice activation is a great tool for fighting germs and the spread of COVID-19, Influenza or any other virus! Learn more here.
What a sad year 2020 was for the seniors in our lives. While they were less-mobile to start, COVID-19 kept them isolated in their homes. Fortunately, technology can play a part in keeping them safe and connecting, virtually, with family and friends in their life! Read about the latest technology to keep seniors safe at home here.
Last but not least we want to highlight URC automation! If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you! Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?
No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!) We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC! Learn more here.
Lessons from the past can help us take charge of the future. No matter how we personallexperienceded 2020, we all have some takeaways that will help us navigate 2021.
We wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2021.
While we know you are busy, it only takes seconds for disaster to strike – take a few minutes today to read and learn more about keeping your home and family safe during this special time fo the year.
Here are some ways that decoring can undermine your security!
❌ Don’t use real candles in any room without proper adult supervision.
❌ Don’t run your outside lights through your windows; that is an invite for a burglar to open the window and come in!
❌ If you have a fireplace, get it cleaned before making your first fire of the season.
❌ Don’t leave crockpots plugged in if you leave your home. They are a fire hazard.
❌ Don’t forget to activate your alarm system, even if you are home.
While we are in a pandemic and most of us will choose to stay home, some of you may need to travel. As always, we highly recommend not advertising the fact that your home will be empty and unattended; do not post on social media that you will be gone for an extended period of time.
If you need additional tips on keeping your home safe and secure while you travel, read this.
Do you love spoiling your family? We do! Well, burglars look for gift boxes under the tree. Don’t give the Grinch a chance to steal your Christmas gifts – draw your shades at night so the tree and your gifts can’t be seen from the outside!
Be aware of strangers is something we’ve talked about before on this blog. But during the holidays, you might have people come to your door that do not look suspicious. Burglars may take advantage and scope out your home and your security measure, or lack there off, by pretending to ask for donations, by carolling or ‘delivering’ something to the wrong address. Beware of strange vans or unidentifiable delivery personal! Don’t open the door for strangers.
Last but not least, don’t leave your Christmas trash outside overnight! TVs, iPhone, games, expensive boots, clothes, or other tech gadgets – if you received these for Christmas and leave the boxes outside for all to see it will attract those with bad intentions!
Instead, flatten all boxes – recycle them if possible – and put them inside your trash can where no one can see them! Alternatively, put your trash out right before the trash pick up occurs, illuminating the possibility that someone is scoping out the ‘goods’
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We hope you will be spoiled with the presence of family, love and yes, gifts!
Stay safe and secure.
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This is our last installment of a year-long 12-part series of blog articles to celebrate our 10th business anniversary. The “10 Reasons to Love…” idea came to us long before this pandemic struck, yet has sustained us through it.
Positivity goes a long way when things seem dire.
Check out our previous 11 “10 Reasons to Love…” articles published this year!
With these articles, we’ve spread love about community, South Carolina, the Grand Strand, security cameras, security systems, home theatres and much much more!
It’s only fitting that we close out this year with this last article in this series, titled:
We love working with you, our customers! Our wish is to always strive for excellence through service and products choices. here are 10 reasons, you too will love working with Strand Security, now in 2020, or in the years to come!
No matter you security needs, we can meet them! Whether you own a home, a business, a boat or huge mall, no job is too big or too small. We will customize service to what your needs are. We only use brands we trust to protect our own families.
We love where we live and we love where we work. We are not a large corporately-owned business, directed by someone who doesn’t understand the needs of our community. We live here, work here and play here. We know when hurricane season arrives, floods or other tragedies strike and where crimes happen. (spoiler alert: crime happens all over Horry County and Georgetown County!)
When you combine the experience of our staff we have a lot of years of experience under our belt in the security industry. We have seen huge changes, particularly in technology used. We started integrating smarthome technology years ago and are thrilled that so many local businesses on the Grand Strand have embraced that technology to further their business and to keep their staff and customers safe!
We are so very proud of our growing crew of installers! They truly understand smarthome technology and do an excellent job of installing and servicing smarthome systems like the URC system. Their experience goes beyond installation – they are frequently seen helping homeowners and business owners get the most out of their systems! We are all for demos and education!
Don’t take our word for it, check out our Google Reviews! Our customers love that we deliver what they’ve asked for and that we often go above and beyond. We take pride in serving our customers as your security is our business!
If you’ve been an reader of this blog for the past few years, you have seen us recommend brands we trust and use. This is not just an endorsement due to our business relationships. We use these products and we stand by them; they protect the ones we love each and every day in our own homes! We only use the best and the most reliable products on the market!
Strand Security offers great value for your money. We only work with the best brands, the best monitoring system and hire only the best technician to install your systems. We offer the best value for your money on the Grand Strand.
We continue to sing the praises of COPS monitoring for all our customers. Their response rate to emergency calls is one of the highest in the country. In an industry where every second matters, this is an important sign of reliability!
Over the years, we added several staff members to our team. We are still growing as we take on more clients on the Grand Strand. No matter who comes into your home to install or service your security system, you will get the best service and care possible.
Last but not least, let us repeat that no job is to big or too small for Strand Security! We are only a phone call away and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Our customers always come first.
Wherever you may be and whatever 2020 has brought you – good or bad – we wish you all the best in 2021 and beyond!
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
We want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how different this year’s celebration looks due to the pandemic, if you are with family and healthy, you are lucky and blessed!
We are thankful for so many people in our business.
We are thankful for our staff and our suppliers, and we are thankful for you, our customer! As we come to the end of a year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are so very grateful for the ability to continue to serve the Grand Strand community of South Carolina and keep residents in Horry County and Georgetown County safe and secure!
Today, let’s look at some of the latest security technology we are grateful for during this crazy 2020 year.
The possibilities are endless with URC technology and we are grateful to be able to help solve problems for our clients with this amazing system and related products.
Learn more about URC here.
If nothing else, we’ve all learned to “let go” this year! Many of us have had to go to work and leave teenagers and kids at home for remote schooling whether they we ready for this, or not. Some of us have elderly relatives who are at home in self-imposed isolation to stay safe from COVID-19 and because of all this, how thankful we are for remote access to our home security cameras and systems!
No matter where you need to be, the ones that are left at home can be reached in an instant with remote access to your home security system, how comforting is that as a parent or caregiver?
Last but not least, now that we know through science how germs are spread, using voice activation to control your home, your smarthome, gives you an added buffer of security and safety against an invisible enemy, COVID-19.
No more touching and retouching light switches, curtains, temperature controls, garage door openers, windows, locks, sound systems, home theater controls… With URC smarthome technology everything can be controlled by voice and thus by default becomes touch-free and germ-free!
We are thankful to be able to offer this to our Strand Security customers, both homeowners and families, as well as our commercial customers like restaurants and Grand Strand business owners who need a new way to keep customers and staff safe!
We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here! We don’t just work on the Grand Strand , we live here, too. We are thankful to be surrounded by businesses who, like us, care about their customers’ safety and security, and we are glad to be working on several URC integration projects right now to give those businesses that added buffer of safety.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security to you and yours!