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5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Security System Now

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Security Systems Need Updating

Say what?

Just like your smartphone, your computer, and any other tech gadgets you may own, your security system needs upgrading too!

In this article, we will look at five reasons to upgrade your security system.

Whether you live in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand, somewhere else in South Carolina or elsewhere in the world, technology needs to be upgraded from time to time and upgrading your security system is not just a matter of convenience but a matter of your personal safety and security!

While there may be more than five reasons to upgrade your security system, we are going to look at these five most common reasons to help you decide whether to upgrade or leave it for a bit longer.

Upgrade Your Security System Now If Its Older Than 5 Years

If you have a security system that was installed more than 5 years ago, it’s time to upgrade. Technology advances in the last five years make many devices and some epquipment absolete or outdated. There are newer and better cameras, systems, apps and other updates that will make your system run more smoothly.

Just like your car needs a tune-up, your security system does as well.

We aren’t saying you need to replace your system; upgrading the systems and adding some newer parts and equipment is most likely all you will need.

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If Your Family Dynamics Have Changed

If you were single or married without children, or married with small children, or married and now are single, or you have babies, toddlers or teenagers – any changes to your family dynamics warrant an upgrade to your security system.

Reason being that new people might be using your system, and you are now monitoring different areas of your home.

If your elderly parents have moved in, you might need to upgrade the system to include a panic button, just to name an example.

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If Your System Depends on A Landline

This is a tricky one but important reason to upgrade your system.

Landlines used to be the standard way to install your security system, but criminals have learned to simply identify and cut landlines, leaving your home, and you, vulnerable.

Instead, your system should run on mobile technology on a secure and password-protected network you manage for all your computers and technology.

If you still have a system on a landline, call your security provider today and switch to a new system!

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If You Have No Security Cameras

Security cameras have come a long way.

Security cameras used to be ugly, bulky and huge. In 2019, the choice is yours! Security cameras are sleek, small and hard to detect.

Adding cameras to your home or business is a smart way to monitor what goes on when you are away, from your smartphone or tablet!

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If You Are Planning a Trip

Nothing like upgrading a security system right before a trip. Especially if it a long trip, or a far-away trip. Servicing and upgrading -where-needed before a trip will give you complete peace of mind while you travel.

If you get the right system installed, you will be able to monitor from afar, no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have Wifi! You could be Tahiti, Hawaii or Australia and still know and see what’s happening in your home or business from your device!

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Are You Ready To Upgrade Your Security System?

We at Strand Security can upgrade your system, whether you are a current customer, or not (yet). We’d love to help you navigate the world of security, making sure you get the right equipment, the right system and perfect security set up for years to come!

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

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7 of the Most Common Business Security Issues

How To Keep Your Business Secure and Your Employees Safe

What could go wrong in your business?

The better question to ask is ‘what could not go wrong?’

Everything and anything can happen to your location, inventory, reputation, and staff – things that you should value the most if you’ve invested in your business.

We’ve collected 7 of the most common security and safety issues we see on the commercial side of our business and we also have some solid solutions for you to implement, stat!

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1) Personnel Safety

The safety and security of your personnel should be priority #1 for you.

We at Strand Security value our employees, and so should you. That includes giving them direct access to emergency help when needed, lights in parking lots, and a safe working environment.

2) Fire Hazards

Fire safety starts with leadership. You as the business owner can not pass inspection for your building without adhering to fire safety codes. Keeping everything in working order and up-to-date is important, as well as going over fire safety procedures with your staff.

Last but not least, installing a security system that is monitored and fire alarms that are hard-wired ensures that help is on the way, no matter the circumstance.

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3) Equipment Malfunction

Whether you own a butcher shop, a grocery store, an office or something in between, hazardous machines can be found everywhere in a work environment.

Making sure that all equipment passes inspection and having a first-aid station ready to go, as well as an alarm system in place to call for help when needed, are great ways to keep your employees safe. It goes without saying that routine safety checks and training for new hires address this potentially hazardous equipment

4) Drugs & Vandalism

No matter how hard you try, sometimes you hire the wrong people. You can’t always be aware, so installing and monitoring security cameras is a huge help in detecting vandalism and theft. Security cameras are both a deterrent as well as a solution.

5) Stealing

Theft! Oh boy – whether it is your employees or your customers who steal, it is extremely disappointing. Having instant access to security footage  – a live feed – can help you detect patterns and catch a thief in the act.

6) Roberries

Not all robberies happen at banks. Other businesses can also be targeted – having a panic button for your employees to keep them safe is a must – just read this story of Heather who survived an armed robbery. This traumatic experience has made Heather a force to be reconned with as she is now spear-heading Myrtle beach Self Defense, but the sad part is that she has already begged her employers to install panic buttons for the safety of herself and her staff and they had simply refused.

Talk to us about protecting yourself and your staff.

7) Informational and Cyber Security Breaches

Last but not least, security breaches also involve internet breaches, WiFi hacking, and other online dangers. While we do not have a solution for cybersecurity at Strand Security, we do want to help raise awareness of this growing threat against your business. Not having a secure Wifi system leaves you open for all sorts of misery.

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Top 10 of the Most Common Home Security Issues

Home Security 101

If your home is not secure, then neither is your family nor are your valuable assets!

Peace of mind and security is everything; being able to fall asleep without worry or fear for safety, or leaving to go to work without a second thought about your home being invaded or burglarized should be a given. Not to mention going on a family vacation, or weekend trip; security and safety are important.

However, that’s not the case for everyone.

If you don’t live in a secure area, neighborhood or city, or if your home has not been properly taken care of, you might need to take action to clear up some home security issues!

We recommend you get a security system with monitoring, to make sure in case of an emergency, help is on the way, even if you can not make that phone call yourself!

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Today we explore the Top 10 Most Common Home Security Issues.

1) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Doors

This should be a given, but many people do not lock doors! Even when they leave for the day. The majority of burglaries do not happen at night as you might suspect! Instead, most burglaries happen during the day between 10 AM – 2 PM and most burglars walk in through unlocked doors. A simple fix is to make sure every occupant has a key and everyone understands the importance of locking the door they leave though, at all times. If you have teenagers, call a family meeting and start locking your doors today!

2) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Windows

Depending on where you live, you might have opened windows during the day, or night, to let in fresh air. There is nothing wrong with that IF you are home and can set your security alarm system to ‘on’. However, if you leave windows open and/or unlocked, burglars can easily come in through those.

Have you recently had someone come in your home to do work (a painter, rug cleaner, HVAC technician etc.)? Double check your windows are locked after they leave!

3) Home Security Issue: Broken Locks

It should go without saying that if locks are broken, not working or if you’ve lost the keys, you need to replace them asap! If you think you may have ‘compromised’ your security by giving out too many keys to neighbors, friends, family and the petsitters, and you can not account for the keys, it is time to redo your locks!

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4) Home Security Issue: Large Shrubs Close to the House

Landscaping matters. Burglars can use bushes to hide in and neighbors can’t see what is happening if landscaping gets out of control. At the same time, if you let your lawn get long and don’t clean your yard, it indicates to burglars that your house might be unoccupied at times which would mean a good haul for them!

Clean up your lawn, your yard and keep large bushes away from the house.

5) Home Security Issue: No Outdoor Lights

Replace light bulbs as soon as they burn out and install motion-detection lights it at all possible. This way, whenever someone approaches your home at night, the lights go on, deterring them from breaking and entering.

6) Home Security Issue: No Indoor Lights

If your home is always dark at night, especially if you are away for an extended period of time, it would be beneficial to your security to add a few timers to the lights inside your home to make it look as if someone was home. A dark home is often equated with an empty home which in turn signals to burglars to it might be safe to enter undetected.

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7) Home Security Issue: Unkempt Outdoor Space

Overgrown lawns and bushed, unkempt yards and junk piled up in your front or backyard signals to burglars that your property might be abandoned, or if not abandoned, not high on your priority list. Unkempt outdoor space invites shady characters and you might even find yourself with the unwanted attention of local youth looking for an undetected space to hang out!

8) Home Security Issue: Piled up Mail

If you do not gather and collect your mail on a daily basis, it signals, again, that you are not home often, thus leaving your home exposed to possibly burglaries.

9) Home Security Issue: Garbage Can Left at Curb

Anyone driving by your home can see when your garbage can stays at the curb longer than a day! If it sits there for 2-3 days, people will assume you are absent from your property. If you are going to be away, as a neighbor to return your can to your home or garage once it is emptied.

10) Home Security Issue: No Security Sign and No Security System

The number one sign burglars look for when scouting for homes to burglarize is that yard sign! If you have a yard sign and a security system, most burglars will move on to an easier target! Truth is, burglars do not want a confrontation with the homeowner. They’d rather skip your house and move on to the next, more easily accessible home.

If you have a security system; use it daily. Use it all the time.

If you have a security system; add that yard sign to your home. It works to deter burglars.

If you don’t have a security system yet, come talk with us!

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

 

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How To Find The Best Local Alarm System Company

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Who is The Best Local Alarm System Installer?

The best local alarm system installer is s/he who goes above and beyond. On the Grand Strand and in the Myrtle Beach area, that is us, Strand Security!

Don’t you want to be treated with respect and as a most valued customer?

Look for a local business who is

  • transparent
  • diverse
  • not pushy with sales
  • experienced
  • found online with favorable reviews
  • reachable by phone

We only work with people we love and respect when we need service to our home or business. We assume you want the same.

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Where Should You Search for the Best Local Alarm System?

We recommend you don’t just take someone’s recommendation at face value!

Here are a few of the things we recommend you do instead.

Choose any or all options to find the best of the best service provider, the cream of the crop of local alarm system installers!

  • Ask your friends in person (offline) and online (on Facebook, for example)
  • Visit your local Chamber of Commerce to find who they recommend
  • Check with the Beter Business Bureau
  • Look for yard signs as you take a walk in the neighborhood (TIP: take pictures of the signs so you can remember whom to call and check out online!)
  • Read your HOA newsletters and check for ads

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Ask Friends For Referrals for the Best Local Alarm System Company

Next, ask for an actual referral from your friends and be specific on what you ask.

Visit any

  • Neighborhood forum
  • Facebook group
  • Facebook

and ask for local alarm system companies they’ve worked with or they are currently happy with.

Ask about the cleanliness and friendliness of the technician, the customer service they received in setting up their service, the ease of being able to talk to an actual person, how quickly their questions were answered etc.

The more specific you are with asking questions, the more details about the company you are going to get.

Search Online For the Best Local Alarm System Company

It’s very easy to add a few keywords to Google to find information about your local alarm system company.

  • Look at their overall online presence (if they are not to be found, scratch ’em)
  • Go to their website and check it out; if they have a bog, read a few articles
  • Read a few online reviews

When In Doubt, Go Check Them Out!

If you aren’t sure, why not visit a small local alarm system company.

We at Strand Security welcome anyone to walk into our showroom for a demo and to chat. If a company can’t be bothered to answer your questions in-person, go to the next company on your list!

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

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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

 

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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

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