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No matter what town or city you live in, some neighborhoods just have a better reputation than others. If you happen to be one of the lucky people to reside in a known ‘safe’ neighborhood, do you still need a security system for your home? What about if your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch, or a security patrol? How about if your neighborhood has a safety patrol as well as fences and 24/7 security guards at the gates?
These are questions we get asked often and today we will answer them for you!
If your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch, a security patrol, or security guards, more often than not these are ‘governed’ (and paid) through your homeowners association. To find answers and details about your neighborhood’s security, contacting your HOA is the first step we recommend. If you do not have an HOA or neighborhood watch, information about crime rates in your area should be available through your local police department.
From your HOA, you should be able to get details on
Details and stats on previous break-ins (cars and homes), vandalism and other issues should be recorded somewhere in the HOA meeting minutes if they have been discussed. We certainly recommend that your community management company is upfront and forthcoming with details about these issues as information becomes available.
For example, if there was a rash of overnight car break-ins, you’d want to know so you can double check your own vehicles that following night, correct? Does your HOA send out an email blast when this occurs? There has to be a way your HOA communicates with you and your neighbors about safety issues.
So step one is to find out how easy it is to get access to your community and neighborhood and what the crime rate is in your neighborhood.
Next up, ask your direct neighbors about past crimes on your street and in your neighborhood. Especially if you are new to the neighborhood, getting this information is vital to your own security planning. We also recommend you not only ask your neighbors, but also watch their behavior.
If it sounds and feels like your neighbors feels secure, you need to figure out what makes your own home feel secure to you.
If it sounds and feels like your neighbors don’t feel secure in your neighborhood, you not only need to address your home security, but also your neighborhood security with your HOA or local police department. We encourage you te get involved and be an active participant in your overall security. Protect the ones you love!
Whether you live in a 24/7 guarded neighborhood, or in a high crime neighborhood, break-ins happen, everywhere. To keep you and your loved ones safe, invest in a home security system and you have the peace of mind to know that help is on the way immediately if something were to happen to your home!
Talk to us if you aren’t sure what system to get for your (new) home.
If you are a first time home buyer, check out this Ultimate First-Time Home Owner Security Check List.
If you have assets, you want to protect them, right?
By assets we mean
The best way to protect your assets is by securing them before disaster strikes.
This can be done with a security system, security cameras and GPS (vehicle) tracking.
But guess what?
Yes, there’s a BUT in there…
Your security is ONLY as good as who monitors it.
That’s why here at Strand Security in Myrtle Beach and in Maryland, we rely on the BEST monitoring company ‘COPS Monitoring’ to help us protect our customers!
COPS Monitoring’s goal is to deliver an average priority alarm response time of 25 seconds or less.
In 2015, COPS annual average priority response time was 17.8 seconds!
Isn’t that a response rate you would want to have in time of emergency?
We partner with COPS Monitoring because they are the best in what they do and offer.
This is mainly so because their dispatchers!
COPS dispatchers are
and they help us keep you safe and secure 24/7, 365 days per year!
While we consult with you, install your alarm system and maintain it, COPS Monitoring is who is keeping you safe!
COPS Monitoring is also part of the ESA, the Electronic Security Association which is the largest trade association in the United States!
COPS also has active ‘Paying it Forward’ campaigns running which are great for the communities these campaigns touch!
However, COPS states that ultimately, these campaigns of paying it forward pays them back because employees end up with a more positive attitude, higher productivity, better attendance and less turnover!
Their tagline reads ‘Our people make the difference.‘ and we wholeheartedly agree!
In 2014, COPS Monitoring received the Central Station Alarm Association’s (CSAA) Central Station of the Year award. The CSAA is a trade association representing companies providing Central Station protection services.
The award recognizes outstanding companies who perform in the highest professional manner, thereby making a significant contribution to the betterment of the alarm industry and the alarm profession while demonstrating exceptional service to their customers and community.
Connect with us at Strand Security and get the best!
We will ‘hook you up’ with COPS Monitoring for peace of mind and the best security monitoring in the industry!
There is a new way to listen to your favorite songs on your Sonos sound system! Sonos has the competitive edge with Apple Music! At least 6.5 million people use it and now with Apple Music integration, you will have more options for music. What better way to listen to that music than on your Sonos multi-room audio system!
We at Strand Security have introduced Sonos to you before. We have also invited you to come experience the audio system first hand in our state of the art showroom. Now, if you have missed out on our introduction in the past, we are going to review Sonos again. Because this product is the best, we can’t help it. 😉
Sonos are powered speakers that can stream music anywhere in your house. The speakers can be located in as many different zones in the house as you want, and can play the same music across all zones, or different music in different zones. How cool it that. Many business owners use Sonos speakers in their establishments such as restaurants and retail stores!
Sonos makes a variety of sizes that can compliment any area you prefer.
The speakers are wireless and transport clear and polished HiFi sound.
The speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services, which now includes Apple music!
You can use the Sonos app on your PC, tablet or smartphone to control the music. The Sonos app allows you to explore, play, and control music, to your preference!
Sonos has the most diverse speakers and is the most sophisticated music streaming system.
Visit Strand Security of Myrtle Beach to get a live look at how Sonos works.
Now that we have reintroduced Sonos, lets discuss Apple music…
Apple Music is a new streaming music service. Instead of downloading music, you can now stream music with Apple. Similar to competitors like Pandora, you’ve heard of them, right?
Some might have been worried that they would have to change out their Sonos speakers for some Apple friendly audio streaming systems. But, no worries now! By the end of 2015 Sonos devices started streaming and playing Apple Music.
“For Apple Music Members, the collection you own and love is just the beginning. Now you can also listen to the tens of millions of tracks in the Apple Music library. Our dedicated team of experts is here to help you find new music to love. Enjoy recommendations handpicked just for you or explore everything they find that’s new and noteworthy in the world of music. It’s all yours.”
For more information on Apple Music, click here.
For help setting up Apple Music, use the following steps…
Now that you can stream the best songs with Apple Music on your Sonos speakers, why not show off a little! With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, your sound system would help you throw the tailgate party of the century!
Are you interested in making an investment for your home, but are unsure if it is right for you? Would you like to see up close and personal how your investment will work, before you spend your hard earned cash?
Strand Security wants you to know exactly what you are getting into if you purchase from them. That is why they have set up a showroom that will guide you through the ins and outs of products such as… Sonos, the BEAM Central Vac, Honeywell Total Connect, and Z-Wave.
Therefore, if you are interested in these products, take a look at the following brief overviews and then come into our showroom in Murrells Inlet for a detailed look and demonstration. Just give us a call at (843) 318-6392 to let us know you are coming!
New to our showroom are Sonos speakers! We are now an authorized Sonos dealer, how neat is that?
Listed by Oprah on her 2015 gift guide, Sonos speakers are amazing. Easy to set up and easy to use.
“Sonos is the smart speaker system that streams all your favorite music to any room, or every room. Control your music with one simple app, and fill your home with pure, immersive sound.”
This speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services. Sonos have a versatile design and can easily fit anywhere in your house that you want music. Control the music with the Sonos app on your tablet, PC or smartphone.
Visit our showroom to see Sonos in action!
Contemplating a central vacuum? We will SHOW you, in our SHOW ROOM!
This is why you should install a BEAM central vac…
Central vacuums are convenient! Are you sick of dragging a heavy and awkward canister vacuum around the house and even up the stairs? Give your back a break and install a central vacuum. Another added bonus, the central vac canister only needs emptied about 2 to 3 times a year! They are also economical to install and will add value to the home. “Homebuyers are willing to pay 11-25% more for healthier homes.”
Central vacs improve indoor air quality! “BEAM central vac removes 100% of contacted dirt and dust. Only Beam is clinically proven to reduce allergy symptoms by up to 61%.”
Stay connected and in control with Honeywell Total Connect.
“With Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services, you can stay connected and in control of your home or business whenever you want, wherever you are. Control your security system, receive important alerts and true system status in real-time. How about tracking your teen? Sure you can! You can also view live video and remotely control Z-Wave enabled thermostats, lighting and locks on the same mobile devices you use each and every day.”
Isn’t it time to stop by our showroom and learn how to get connected?
Holidays are the most wonderful time of the year! Its a time to give thanks, a time to give, a time for family, a time for travel, and a time for smiles.
Unfortunately there are several threats that can happen over the holidays that can put a damper on your holiday partying. We do not want to be the doom and gloom for this holiday season, but Strand Security wants all of our Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand and Maryland families to be safe for the holidays.
That is why we have come up with four common mistakes that can be prevented in order to assure you and your family have the safest, most wonderful time of the year!
The amount of shopping done during the holiday season puts us at greater risk for identity theft. With technology, more shopping is being done online, as well as applying for new credit over the internet. This all leads to a greater exposure to identity theft.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers lost more than $1.6 billion to fraud in 2013.
The amount of break-ins rise during the holiday season as a result of peoples increased financial needs. Close to 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the holiday months. Motive for the rise in this rate may be a result of wanting to provide gifts and food for loved ones.
A Christmas tree can become fully engulfed in flames within seconds. “Christmas trees were the first items ignited in about 200 fires annually between 2010 and 2012, resulting in 10 deaths, 20 injuries, and about $17 million in property loss, according to the Safety Commission.”
Cooking is a big and enjoyable part of the holidays! Families come together from all over to join together for their traditional holiday feasts.
Not to make light of the situation, but if your cooking is anything like mine, you may want to pay close attention to this next tidbit.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires. Unattended cooking is the cause of almost 90 percent of kitchen fires. Every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire.
Don’t forget to nominate someone for our Security Alarm Give-Away here!
What better season for the gift of giving? Strand Security loves Myrtle Beach, the Grand Strand and our friend in Maryland! That is why we want to give back and help keep our community safe!
We will pick the winners by your nominations.
To nominate someone that is deserving of a free security alarm system, click the nominate button!
You can nominate one person for the give away, or ten! Let us know why your person deserves a system, how you know your nominee, and how to contact you if you nominee wins.
Nominations will be accepted for residents of Maryland, as well as Horry and Georgetown Counties in SC.
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads,
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap-
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.”
We all know how this favorite Christmas poem ends. But what if you arose to such a clatter and instead of our beloved Santa, it was a burglar wanting to take your gifts while breaking in with a ladder.
Crimes such as burglaries and theft rise as a result of people’s increased financial needs during the holidays. Nearly 400,000 burglaries happen in the U.S. during the months of November and December, according to the FBI. Motives related to thefts in terms of financial need may be a result of wanting to be able to provide gifts and food for their family during the holiday season.
Strand Security would like to provide you with a few key points on protecting your house during the holidays.
The magic of music can lift you up, calm you down, bring people together or make you dance like no one is watching. Experience this magic by filling each room with your favorite tunes. Make chores refreshing by blasting your favorite beats and dancing your way through laundry. Cook dinner while singing with the kids as they do the NAE NAE.
According to Oprah, the best way to listen to your favorite music is through Sonos speakers!
Sonos is a speaker system that streams your music to any room, or all of the rooms in your house. Small or big, Sonos has a speaker that will compliment each room. The speakers are wireless and deliver a smooth and crystal clear HiFi sound that will help produce magic. This speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services. Sonos have a versatile design and can easily fit anywhere in your house that you want music. Control the music with the Sonos app on your tablet, PC or smartphone.
…and you know if Oprah likes the sound, it has to be good!
If you are looking for quality sound in your home theater, get the full theater experience with HiFi sound for television. We all know the new Star Wars Movie is coming out soon! Have a party in your home theater and enjoy the sounds of the FORCE.
“Complements HD television screens with highly detailed, richly textured sound.”
“Uses your WiFi, easy to set up and expand your system over time.”
“Requires just two cords: one power cord, one optical cord (both included).”
“Understands and speaks most IR remote’s language and can be controlled by free apps for your Android, iPhone or iPad.”
“Plays all sources plugged in to your HDTV: cable/SAT boxes, Blu-Ray players, and video game consoles. If it’s connected to your HDTV, PLAYBAR will play it.”
Play all of your favorite songs! Think iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, podcasts, Deezer, Google Play, and more! Stream your favorite services. Listen to over 100,000 Internet radio stations from around the globe.
Control all of your favorite music from an app! The Sonos app lets you find, play, control and explore your music, your way.
Download the app and control your music from your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Build a house of sound, one room at a time with Strand Security of Myrtle Beach.
Strand Security can help with recommendations and setup, and of course we sell and demo the speakers in our showroom!
If you want a magical music system that covers your entire house and will play all of your music, no matter where it’s stored, Sonos is your best option. Sonos is the most sophisticated of all modern streaming music systems with the most diverse speakers, ranging from your desktop to your home.
Stay in the know wherever you go with Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services. Real-time alerts, GPS vehicle and asset tracking, video viewing and mobile control put peace of mind in the palm of your hand – helping you stay connected to your family and home 24/7. Honeywell Total Connect is all you need to turn your smartphone into a smart home!
Here is how the iPhone® app works!
With this app you can
✓ Remotely arm, disarm or check the status of your security system
✓ Check where your vehicles and assets are (real-time GPS location)
✓ Check where your vehicles and assets have been 24/7
✓ Receive e-mails, text messages or video alerts of important events in real-time – such as a child arriving home from school and recent system or sensor activity.
✓ View live video on up to six cameras at a time
✓ Control your Z-Wave® enabled lights, thermostats and locks whether you’re across town or across the world.
No one wants to come home to find their home turned upside down and their valuable possessions missing. Even if you live in a community with a fairly low crime rate, there will always be a chance that burglars may hit your neighborhood and hit your home.
According to Neighborhoodscout’s, Myrtle Beach is ranked 12th on a list of 100 of the the most dangerous cities in the United States. To look at the statistics, click here to compare violent crimes and property crimes in Myrtle Beach with the rest of South Carolina.
At Strand Security we want our community safe and that means we want you, our blog readers and our Facebook Fans and our customers to be safe! That is why we are going to give you the breakdown on break-ins. The following will discuss burglary statistics, who the typical burglar is, when and how break- ins occur, why homes are targeted, and what burglars are looking for.
The typical burglar may not exactly look like the boogie man. They may look like a salesman, a utility worker, or maybe someone you might invite in for tea. Lets take a look at the typical burglar…
Burglars are looking for items that can easily be transferred into cash. The money is often used to support their drug habit.
If you are part of the 17% of homeowners who do have an alarm system installed, kudos to you! If not, give us a call today!
When building new houses from the foundation up, there are many things to take into consideration. Things such as cabinets, paint colors, lighting, and flooring to name just a few. However, there are other items that are not so cosmetic that are also part of the process and very important. Electrical wiring and plumbing are two of these examples. We all know that both electrical and plumbing systems have to be installed during the building process. May we suggest three things to add to your list that may help sell your house faster if they are pre-installed?
Wiring and cables for things such as home theaters, Central Vacuums, and security systems are much easier to install before the drywall goes up. It is far cheaper and easier to install these during the building process rather than later. Can you imagine the cost of having a central vac added after the walls go up and everything is completed?
Here are a few great reasons to consider having your new spec homes wired for a home theater, security system and having a central vac installed.
Why pre-install a Security System?
Both homeowners and builders should consider the statistics when it comes to protecting their families, and clients. Statistics paint an interesting picture as to how home security systems and alarm monitoring can affect crime rates and home burglaries. According to the FBI, there were an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes in the United States during 2014. A major deterrent to home burglaries is a home security system. With crime rates increasing in metro cities especially, now is the time to pre-install a security system.
According to a study done by University of North Carolina, when interviewing burglars, a security system is a deterrent.
Pre-wiring and installation by professionals during the building process assures that the security system will be in place the moment you move in. That means you can feel safe immediately upon moving in. For decades, home security systems have kept houses and their occupants safe and secure.
Why have a central vacuum pre-installed?
Central Vacuums are very convenient! Are you sick of dragging a heavy and awkward canister vacuum around the house and even up the stairs? Give your back a break and install a Central Vacuum. Another added bonus, the Central Vac canister only needs emptied about 2 to 3 times a year! They are also economical to install and will add value to the home.
“EPA estimates that indoor air may be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air.”
Pollen, dander, fur, dust and more remain in the canister vacuums and will escape back into the air. A central vacuum removes them all to the outside of the house, while only taking approximately 30 minutes.
Central Vacuum Cleaners are the best solution for healthier air!
Why pre-install a home theater?
If you greatly enjoy watching movies then it will likely be worth the investment for you. Experience being at a movie theater in the comfort of your own home! The surround sound alone will put you in the drivers seat of your favorite movie.
You can upgrade your home with more than just granite countertops; a state of the art home theater system. By pre-wiring the whole house, you allow a new home owner to choose whether to add a home theater immediately or later, without having to reconstruct anything.
Investing in a security system, Central Vacuum, and home theater takes a great deal of research, knowledge, and confidence. That is why it is convenient to go ahead and get your systems pre-installed when your home is being built. Strand Security of Myrtle Beach can do all of your installations for you!
Remember that pre-installation is cost effective and will save a lot of work in the long run and it may just be the ticket to selling your homes faster!
To learn more about how we can help you, give us a call today!