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We’ve been busy here at Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area, not just with installing new home security systems and home automation features, but also with writing this blog and several of the articles we’ve been writing lately are about home automation. The Grand Strand area is growing rapidly and new homes, new neighborhoods, new businesses and new roads are being build at incredible speed!
It’s a popular topic to write about as it’s a growing trend among home owners!
People like you want the right information to make the right decision about their home before they invest time and money into home automation. Believe us when we say ‘we get it’!
Want to know more about home automation and what home automation can do for you, here are some of the most recent articles on our very own Strand Security blog that talks about automation and smart technology.
? How to convert an old home into a smart home. Read it here
? Smart home. Safe home. Secure home. Read it here
? How to give your home a voice. Read it here
? Party like a rockstar at home with SONOS. Read it here
? How to program your universal remote the easy way. Read it here
? Smart homeowners get smart home demos in Myrtle Beach. Read it here
We hope these articles have inspired you and made you excited about using home automation to turn your home into a smart home! We are here to help you…!
In case you are still hesitant, here are 5 reasons you will want home automation now!
Of course you will get improved security with home automation! Your systems will work together and the possibilities are endless. The best part? Once it’s set up, your overall security is enhanced by it. For example, you might be able to watch your home security cameras in real time from an app on your device! Nothing will get by you.
As your home is automated, many ‘daily tasks’ will be automated. With voice activation simple commends like ‘good morning house’ could lower the temperature in your home, raise the blinds and unlock your front door all at the same time without you lifting a finger!
Since everything is automated, it is, well, automated! No more frustration that you forgot to change the thermostat before your left the home. No more frustration that you forgot to set your security alarm system. No more frustration that you can’t remember if you fed the dog…
Home automation will automatically save you… money! Of course it does. Your thermostat will be automated to give you the perfect temperature when you are home, saving energy when you are not!
If you are ready to sell your home soon, home automation features can be an important selling point and enhance the overall feel for your home to a potential buyer. Getting the best and latest and greatest gadgets is something most home buyers would want!
Call your local professional to consult with. Our phone number number is 843-318-6392
After doing research, like reading this and other articles online, you might have an idea of what features you might want and need in your home. The next step would be to have a professional come out to your home and give you an even clearer picture of home automation possibilities.
Is that what we are referencing when we say “Give your home a voice?”
Not at all!
We don’t want anyone to know your secrets. Security means home security, cyber security as well as home safety. We don’t want anyone to get to you, your assets or your family.
Whether you live in a large metropolitan area or on the Grand Strand in the Myrtle Beach area like we do, we’ve got something else in mind when we talk about ‘giving your home a voice’!
How convenient would it be to be able to ‘talk’ to your home and for things to ‘magically’ happen?
“Turn on the lights”
“Close the blinds”
“Turn on the TV”
“Lock the garage door”
“Arm the security system”
Better yet, you can create sequences that will do it all – with one simple command.
‘Wake up’ ➡️ your system might raise the shades, adjust your thermostat and turn off lights! or
‘Bed time’ ➡️ your system might lock your doors, arm your system, adjust your thermostat and turn on outside lights.
How can you get in on this awesomeness?!
The tuxedo touch is
is intuitive, easy to learn and easy to use whether you’re controlling your security and home control functions, viewing and recording video, or using voice commands.
Need a bit more convincing?
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Isn’t this great?
We at Strand Security use, sell and install Honeywell products on a daily basis. We have been doing so for nearly seven years in the local Myrtle Beach market. We have the experience and the expertise to get the job done.
We also have a lovely showroom in Murrells Inlet where we can show you how the Tuxedo Touch™ as well as any other Honeywell product works. Stop by and come see us – we are always up for a demo.
According to wikipedia
a generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.
Add ‘juggling full-time jobs and after-school activities for the kids’ to this and you’ve got a perfect storm!
Myrtle Beach is a great place to retire to (read: cheap and mild climate). We host many ‘snow birds’ from up north for part of the year, but we also have a thriving senior community full of people who’ve made Myrtle Beach their permanent home. Many of their children have followed their parents to this wonderful place at the beach, raising their own kids while staying connected and close by their own parents.
As these retirees age, they become more and more dependent on their children to help them.
A bit of history about the Sandwich generation and who coined that term.
“Social worker Dorothy Miller, originally coined the term “sandwich generation” back in 1981, to describe women in their 30s to 40s who were “sandwiched” between young children and aging parents as their primary caregiver. A lot has changed since then. Women are delaying child-bearing and seniors are living longer. Because of these added variables, the “sandwich generation” definition has morphed along the way and tends to target both genders and the predominant age is 40-65 years old.”
Do you fit into this category?
Are you caring both for your young family as well as your aging parents?
Are you stressed, overworked, stretched to the limit, and tired?
We have several products and services that can help you – the sandwich generation – with
While this does not solve all of your issues and worries, we can help you get a handle on a few important issues.
Here we go!
GPS Vehicle Tracker from Honeywell Total Connect™️️ lets you check in on your loved one and where they are – in real-time from your phone. You can also check to make sure they are driving at a safe speed and are driving where they are supposed to be going. Won’t it be great to see where both your parents (especially if they are getting older) and your new teenage driver are with the touch of one button? You can monitor multiple vehicles straight from your phone or tablet!
To read more about vehicle tracker, read this previous article.
From our own experience with older parents and teenagers, we know a home with multiple remotes can cause remote confusion. Confusion about anything isn’t good because who will they call?
You who are at work, you who is taking care of business or the other ‘generation’.
To combat this confusion, we offer peace of mind!
We offer not only universal remotes for sale, we also will come to your home and program them!
Whether your aging parent lives alone, or you have young (re)teen coming home from school while you are still at work, a panic button that works with your security system can really offer you peace of mind.
We offer self defense classes under our Myrtle Beach Self Defense division! We are excited we have participants from as young as 6 to 80 and up! Learning self defense together, with an older or younger generation is extremely powerful. We see mothers with daughters in our classes every month, especially mothers with teenagers (in high school or college). If you have a mom who lives alone, take the class with her. If you have a new teenage driver, or recent high school graduate, or college age daugther, take her to a class. The confidence, assertiveness and powerful knowledge each participant receives can save their lives!
Check out this recent news story about a runner who had just completed a self defense class and then was attacked! She not only survived, she was able to keep the attacker locked up long enough for police to come and arrest him.
From the article
“Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact.
The basic concepts and little phrases I learned—like ‘hard bones to soft fleshy places’—really stuck,” Herron said. “It’s not like I was taking notes and trying to actively memorize the class. Your brain is built to survive, but you have to put the right information in it.”
Whatever you need, however we can help, we are here!
We live and work in the Myrtle Beach community ourselves, raising a family of our own, and your security (and safety) is our business!
What do you think; are you smarter than your home?
You do not have to be!
Technology is so advanced and has come so far that your home can do many things you might forget, don’t want tot take care of or just don’t even know how to do!
We offer several products that can make your home smart!
Z-wave is the wave of the future.
With over 1700 certified Z-Wave products on the market, it’s no surprise the leading US security companies look to Z-Wave to help families stay connected to their homes and to one another. Z-Wave provides a new level of connected security and peace of mind knowing your investment and your loved ones are safe. If you already have a smart device in your home, it may already have Z-Wave inside. Other smart devices can be added to a Z-Wave network by using a smart hub with Z-Wave inside. If you have questions, just ask us at Strand Security as we are here to help you build the smart home of your dreams.
If you are forgetful, or easily aggravated with the total number of remote controls in your home, may we suggest you are ready for a universal remote?
A universal remote is a remote control that can be programmed to operate various brands of one or more types of consumer electronics devices.
Check it out! You can ditch the remotes for your
and get ONE REMOTE that does it all!
Best deal? We will PROGRAM your UNIVERSAL REMOTE for you!
Yes. We will.
What is SONOS?
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.
Check out these three articles on the Strand Security Blog about SONOS!
Do you know if your home is safe for your family and pets?
Let’s look at the ways we at Strand Security can help you have the safest home for your loved one.
If your fire alarms are NOT wired into your home security system, you run the risk of being caught unaware when your batteries die and thus being caught without a fire alarm. With a wired alarm attached to your security system, you have the peace of mind to know that authorities will be called in case of a fire, even if you aren’t home, or if you are caught in the fire yourself.
Read “Keeping your family safe from fires – Fire Safety 101” to learn more.
Fire places can provide heat and comfort in those long winter months. They are also a potential hazard if not cared for properly.
The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.
Read about Chimney Inspections here.
Last but not least, carbon monoxide is a truly silent killer. You home isn’t really safe without a carbon monoxide detector/alarm, again hardwired into your security system!
Do you want to know why that’s important? Do you want to know how to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Last but not least…
Answer this question for us: How Secure is your home?
If you aren’t sure, come talk to us at Strand Security!
We can evaluate and give you a few ideas, tips and security system recommendations to secure all that you love!
Even if you live in a so-called safe neighborhood, crime happens and we want to make sure you are “Smart, Safe and Secure” in your home!
It seems that no matter where you live; Myrtle Beach, Maryland or Massachusetts the delivery trucks know where to find you this time of year. I bet like us, you rely on UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Services to deliver the packages loaded with the gifts you shopped for online!
If you leave for work early in the morning, these packages will be delivered to your home and left unattended on your doorstep until you come home.
There are TWO PROBLEMS with this.
First off, this alerts would-be-thieves that you aren’t home. Packages left on a doorstep signals to them that the house is empty – not just empty now, but empty aaaaaallllll day.
Second, packages left on doorsteps also signals to them that you have money to buy packages and that you are holidays shopping online. This might spike an interest in your home for ‘future reference’ meaning you might be put on a criminals’ home invasion hit list!
Watch how this happened to a family in St Louis County, Missouri and how savvy the 65 year old thief was! She was caught of course, because of the home security cameras installed in and outside this home, and police have this to say as a warming for others.
“You just think ‘Two-day shipping, I’ll pick it up when we get home from work that night,’” said St. Louis County Police Sgt. Shawn McGuire. “This time of year is really known for this type of stuff. Criminals know that packages are being delivered to people’s houses for Christmas.”
You may expect all those packages to draw criminals, but maybe not a criminal like this one.
“The (surveillance) video shows an elderly woman, almost looks like someone’s grandma,” said the victim, who asked not to be identified. “She just bends down, grabs them like they’re hers, and walks away.”
The victim had three packages stolen from his front porch in Oakville late Wednesday afternoon, just before 5:00 p.m.
His home surveillance camera caught what he and his wife missed: the same black, H3 Hummer passing their driveway four times in less than five minutes. Two minutes after the Hummer’s last pass, the thief walked onto the porch and took the packages.
“If you see any suspicious vehicles following a UPS truck or FedEx truck or you see a car non-stop circling around a certain neighborhood or a street, going back and forth at a slow rate of speed like they’re checking out a house, please get that license plate and call us immediately,” McGuire said.
“No one would expect an elderly (person), whether or not it’s a disguise, it sure looks like it’s just an elderly woman to me,” the victim said. “I would love for people to know and be aware this does happen. You see it on the news and you don’t think it’s going to happen to you. I’m just thankful we were able to have cameras and get some evidence for the police.”
Police suggest having packages dropped at your back door or arrange to pick up them up at the Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx, and let trusted neighbors know when you have an important delivery coming.
Here is another – local Myrtle Beach – cover story by ABC News about packages being stolen and crime prevention.
“If you’re having a package that’s going to be shipped to you, one, make sure that you’re home if you’re able to. If you’re not, try to have it shipped to your place of work or, if possible, have someone that’s a close friend or relative accept that package for you so that it’s not sitting outside,” Crosby said.
Bradford owns JerriBob’s Mail Service, and she said about half of her customers ask about their packages’ safety.
She has some advice for everyone who shares the same concerns: “Require the signature, especially if there is anything of value. You want to make sure that somebody is home to sign for it. You can also do the scheduling of the delivery.”
The St Louis police also had several good suggestions:
Here are a few things you can do to prevent your holiday packages from disappearing
We can add ONE MORE suggestion to this list
We wish you a happy, healthy, safe and secure Merry Christmas.
As parents to three kids, as small business owners and as security company owners, we know a thing or two about safety and security! We also know that as parents of teens, you can not be with them at all times, everywhere. Kids go off with their friends, or are left home alone to do homework (and chores, maybe?).
You just can not be with your child or teen 24/7.
So as your child ages and gets older, s/he should have more responsibilities around the house, and around town.
This responsibility comes with added anxiety for parents, right?!
The best way to combat this anxiety is to be informed and to teach our children well!
In previous articles, we’ve touched on several kid-related safety and security issues.
Check out the following articles for great tips and information!
So what can you do today to reduce your stress over your child gaining more independence and them being alone more?
Don’t wait – it’s never a perfect or convenient time to do it, but if you can’t make the time today, at least make the time to schedule a family safety meeting this weekend!
Let us know if we can help you in anyway!
Today is the Autumn Equinox and since this day is the start of a ‘change’ of season, we are using this date to remind you to change something very important in your home!
If you own your home, and even if you rent, you should be aware of the date you last changed your smoke detector batteries.
Go ahead. Think of the date. We’ll wait a minute…
Can’t recall when it was?
Most people when asked when they last did change their smoke detector batteries will either say
‘I don’t recall‘
‘When the alarm started to chirp in the middle of the night because the battery was low‘
Neither of these answers is a very good one!
If you are the responsible adult in charge of the home you need to not only know this, but you need to have a plan to make sure your smoke detectors work when an emergency arises!
We want you to be safe!
We have a super simple plan for you to implement RIGHT NOW to keep your smoke detectors in working order when they are needed.
Here’s the plan:
If this is the first time you’ve heard about Carbon Monoxide Detectors and if you aren’t sure about what they are, what they do and why your home and business needs these, read this first!
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels.
Many people install carbon monoxide monitors that you plug-in to the wall or run on batteries.
Of course, these batteries need to be replaced, too!
While these kind of detectors are great (it’s better to have those than no sensors at all!), they do not have the ability to call for outside help when needed if you are incapacitated.
Therefore, if you have a security alarm system, we recommend hooking up the carbon monoxide sensors right to your security alarm; the carbon monoxide levels in your home or business will be monitored 24/7!
We at Strand Security use Honeywell Total Connect™ for this and as we read on the Honeywell Total Connect™ website
System Sensor carbon monoxide (CO) detectors provide the highest level of CO protection available. Our system-connected devices enable 24/7 central station monitoring that ensures occupants or building management will be alerted if the detector goes into alarm, is disabled, or has reached its six-year end-of-life and needs to be replaced. Furthermore, this system monitoring provides an extra level of protection in cases when occupants are unable to respond to the alarm.
Whether you decide to change your batteries today, or if you want to wait until the first of the month, the MOST IMPORTANT part of this is that you will ACT and DO IT as soon as possible!
Would you ever go drive your car with a broken seatbelt, or broken brakes?
Would you allow your child to ride a horse or a bicycle without a helmet?
Would you go an a boat that had no life jackets?
Get the batteries, replace them ASAP and be secure in knowing you are protected in case of an emergency!
What do they have in common?
All of these are natural disasters for which you can prepare!
Newsflash – Many people do not prepare for natural disasters and thus when disaster strikes, these natural disaster can quickly turn into a tragedy for unprepared families!
The Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach has had their share of rain in the last year or so. We have Tropical Storm Julia bearing down on us this week and we had a visit from Hurricane Hermine on September 2, just about two weeks ago. And just last year, South Carolina was hit by what is now called ‘the historic 1000 year flood’ in the first few days of October.
Of course, who can forget what happened in Louisiana just last month (August 2016) – disaster struck, and struck hard for many families. The devastating news and incredibly sad media videos of the flood waters coming from Louisiana should serve as a reminder to everyone that disaster can and will strike – just like that!
Preparing for the worst doesn’t mean the worst is going to happen.
It means that when things go wrong, you have a plan and a way to get out!
Here are some of the ways you can prepare right now!
(Please click on the titles below to read the articles)
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:
With security and safety on the line, it is always best to be prepared!
Let us know how we can help you prepare ahead of the next storm to head our way; whether that includes installing a Honeywell Total Connect security system, with cameras, so that you can monitor your home even when you have to evacuate, or by providing you more useful information like we did in this article, we are prepare to help you be prepared!
This is what we are dealing with in Myrtle Beach right now as Hurricane Hermine is rolling in this Friday afternoon.
Pretty scary road conditions, right? And according to the local Myrtle Beach news stations and the Weather Channel, this is JUST the beginning.
This is also ‘just’ a category 1 hurricane turned tropical storm by the time it fully hits the Grand Strand.
Are you prepared for when the next storm hits?
What if the next one is the big one?
If you are new to the area or if you’ve never lived in a hurricane zone before now, you might never have experienced a mandatory evacuation before and let us tell you; it’s scary to leave everything you have behind – everything but what fits into your car.
Depending on where you live and your flood zone, you might be one of the first families asked to leave.
There are many ways to prepare for a possible evacuation and all we can say is; plan, prepare and be ready!
But once you leave… it might be a while before you allowed back into your neighborhood!
Well, most people don’t know how things are back home once they evacuate! It’s one of the more scary things to encounter during hurricane season – beside losing power, flash floods, falling trees and loss of electricity… just to name a few things that can go wrong.
Here’s another scary thing about the mandatory evacuation; your neighbors will be evacuating as well and no one can keep an eye on your home and your property, or can they?
You heard that right!
You can do this from your phone or tablet and from the safety of a dry, warm hotel room or a relatives’ home; far, far away from the path of the destructive hurricane!
With Honeywell Total Connect you’ll have peace of mind like few others have when a hurricane rolls in!
Have a plan and be safe!
If you are a business owner, you will most likely have additional worries and concerns during a mandatory evacuation! It’s imperative to the continued success of your business that you not only have a security system in place during the next hurricane that rolls in, but that you also have a set of security cameras to record and show you in real time what’s happening in your business.
The only world we need to mention is ‘looting‘ and you’ll know what we are talking about!
Please let us know how we may help keep you and yours safe and secure!
If you’ve made the decision to protect those you love and those you are responsible for – your family and your employees, and it’s time to get a security system – or to update one – there are some things you need to do and know BEFORE your contact a security company.
Proper preparation prevents poor performance
If you do not know WHAT you want or need, how can you expect someone to give you what you want and need?
Therefore, we suggest you go over this list and put some thoughts on paper before calling and selecting a security company!
Whom will you be protecting?
What will you be protecting?
Now you will need to take a look at your budget.
Your budget will need to include
This budget does not need to be set in stone, but contacting a security company without a clear idea about what you can afford will waste your time, as well as theirs.
You’ve propably looked and asked around and you are most likely aware about the latest technology and newest features security systems can offer.
Your “wish list” could include items like
This would also be a great time to think about other features and option that tie into a security system
Next you’ll need to have an idea about who will need access to your system (this is important because of potential training and access codes involved)
Now that you know what you can afford, what your security needs are and what you’d like to have installed, a professional can help you make final decisions to fit those parameters.