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Retail theft may have a severe impact on your business! According to The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention more than $35 million worth of product is stolen from retail stores everyday. This number is astronomical. That is why it is important to stay aware and be prepared to stop the theft from happening in the first place. Here at Strand Security we want to make sure our local Myrtle Beach and Maryland businesses know what it takes to win this battle. The following statistics will hopefully open your eyes; we believe every retail owner would want to know everything we are about to share with you.
There is no actual physical profile of a typical shoplifter. They come in all ages and genders, sizes and shapes, and all ethnicities. Shoplifters steal for many different reasons; some steal out of necessity, some out of peer pressure, desire, and some because it may be a business transaction.
Although you may not be able to pinpoint a shoplifter by their physical appearance, here are some traits and signs to look for in a potential shoplifter…
Once you understands the signs, you can now train your employee’s in general shoplifting prevention techniques.
Have your staff
It is unfortunate that when we hire people we think we can trust, that trust gets broken. Employee theft plays a large role in retail loss. The following ideas and solutions will help prevent or at least, reduce in house theft.
‘Slow down, the music’s too loud, put your seatbelt on, watch the road, don’t even think about touching your phone, pay attention!’
The list can go on and on, right?
We all wonder if what we teach our children about driving is enough. Even if we do, will they follow through with everything we taught them? The statistics for teenage driving (and the danger it produces) are staggering in this country. Strand Security wants to make sure all of our teens in Myrtle Beach are safe while on the road.
Let’s take a look at statistics and figure out why you may choose to “track your teen and stay in the driver’s seat”
The leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States is motor vehicle crashes.
● 1 in 5 teenage drivers has an accident in their first year of driving.
● Over 74,000 young people die or are injured each year by not wearing seat belts.
● Two-thirds of teen passenger deaths are in vehicles driven by other teenagers.
● Over one-third of teen fatal crashes are speed related.
● A 16 year old is 20 times more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult.
● The risk of a crash is higher with 16-19 year olds than any other age group. Drivers ages 16-19 are 3 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20. This is because teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations
● Teens that drive with other teenagers in the vehicle and the presence of male passengers increases the risky behavior (go figure!)
● Those that do not wear seatbelts. Did you know that teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use over all other age groups?
● Drivers with inexperience
● New drivers allowed to drive at night; from 2012 statistics we know that 49% of teen fatal crashes occurred between midnight and 3 AM.
So how can we prevent accidents before they happen, and make our teens safer on the roads?
Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related deaths and injuries by about half.
The above information is a useful tool to help start off with a new teen driver. However, at Strand Security we like to take it one step farther with Honeywell Total Connect™. This is a tracking service we provide that will allow you to “track your teens and stay in the driver’s seat”
Honeywell Total Connect™ allows your teen to be on the go and you to know!
Connect with us, your local Honeywell Total Connect™ dealer and we’ll get your teenager on their way, safely!
We at Strand Security, as business owners, know first-hand that opening a business is no small feat. When you open a business, it is like gaining a new family member; you want to protect it and nurture it and watch it grow. Whether it is a security company like ours, or a restaurant; the concerns we have are very similar. We at Strand Security would like to share some industry-specific tips for security systems for restaurants, as many of our customers here in the Myrtle Beach area are restaurant owners. We know there is huge competition in the restaurant industry in Myrtle Beach. Therefore, protecting every aspect of the business is important.
Having a security system, including cameras helps prevent (or catch in the act)
● Employee theft
● Customer behavior
● Suspicious Activity
Running a restaurant is complicated!
You have staff including waiters, cooks, managers, bartenders and more.
How many staff members handle cash and credit cards? Every waiter and bartender are constantly handling your money, right?
Unfortunately, it is far too easy for money to be stolen in the restaurant business. Annual revenue loss due to employee theft can shut down a small business. That is why we highly recommend installing security cameras as a precautionary measure.
Hopefully, you do not need to use the security cameras to catch your employees in acts of defiance. But when it comes down to it, it is better to be safe than sorry. You will also have proof which will help you should you need to fire someone. One more benefit; when people know they are being watched, they are less likely to act on impulses.
Just like you need to monitor your staff, you will also want to monitor your serving area and your customers.
Who knows what is lurking outside after the lights are turned off and the doors are locked, right? Parking lots are scary places.
You and your closing staff will feel more secure knowing there are cameras at every angle on the outside of your restaurant, as well as an alarm system.
Did you know you can watch your employees and customers from the comfort of your home if you have Honeywell Total Connect™? You can monitor your business, your employees and your customers on your favorite device, wherever you are.
If security systems are put in place, you will protect your investment, your employees, customers and your overall sense of well-being.
We are having an anniversary celebration and you get to eat cake! How cool is that?
Five years ago we set out on an adventure and here we are; Strand Security in South Carolina (Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand area) and Maryland!
Where did the time go?
We set out the be the best security company around with the best customer service and the best pricing and we feel we’ve accomplished that in the five years we’ve ben in business, both in Maryland and in Myrtle Beach. However, the best is yet to come as we are constantly adding new services for our customers, we just launched our monthly newsletter and we recently joined the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce!
Here is a very special invite to our Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Open House on September 24!
We’d love to see you on September 24!
Here is a (partial) list of the things we offer:
We hear this question all the time. “Do I really need security cameras?” and “Is having my security alarm system not enough on its own?” The answer might surprise you. Having a security system is a huge deterrent to would-be thieves so yes, in theory, it’s all you’ll need. However, and of course there’s a however, security cameras add additional value to your system and once you understand what that value is, we guarantee you’ll want them!
A security system linked to a monitoring station gives you the following value
» Signs of installed system deters would-be thieves
» Sound of active system deters would-be thieves
» Almost instant notification of authorities when needed
» Peace of mind knowing help is on the way
» Your home and/or business is protected and monitored even when you aren’t there
I should go without saying that your security is only as safe and your system only as good as the company you are working with. If you are new to security systems, read this article on how to find a good security company to work with and the signs to look for when you interact with different companies to see if it’s a good fit.
By installing security cameras along with your system, they can add this value to your existing system. Here are 5 reasons why security cameras rock and once you have them, we know you’ll never want to live without ever again!
» Help determine false alarms
» Record video stream of what’s happening outside of your home to catch would-be thieves
» Aid Law Enforcement with identifying and arresting a suspect if a break-in did happen
» Live stream video of your pet (or petsitter) while you aren’t home
» Live stream video of your kids and babysitter to ensure their safety and monitor behavior
It goes without saying that adding security cameras to your business provides another whole level of security!
Security cameras at your place of business can help you monitor
• cash registers
• employee behavior
• customer behavior
• staff lunch room
• parking lots
and much much more, leaving you with either live streaming and recordings, or recordings of each feed.
In the end, security cameras will most likely pay for themselves and save you money by identifying thieves, problem areas and prevent loss.
Talk to us at Strand Security if you are in need of security cameras in the Myrtle beach or Maryland areas!
We at Strand Security always keep your security and safety in mind as we offer new services to our residential and commercial clients. We currently offer services like
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels.
*Note that the FIRST thing on this list is installing a CO alarm and that’s where we come in!
Just like your home and business are monitored and protected with Honeywell Total Connect™, by hooking up the Carbon Monoxide sensors right to your security alarm, the carbon monoxide levels in your home or business will be monitored as well!
Many people install carbon monoxide monitors that you plug-in to the wall and while these are great (it’s better to have those than no sensors at all!), they do not work all of the time and they do not have the ability to call for outside help when needed if you are incapacitated.
Because 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.
It’s fairly easy and so worth it to add these sensors to an existing system to keep your family and staff safe. Come talk to us if you think we can help you with carbon monoxide prevention through monitoring.
Where have you heard this phrase ‘Safety First’? We think it’s everywhere. At schools, day camps, day care, at work…
How about your home? Is your home ‘safe’?
Did you know that many accidents happen at home? Did you think that home is safest place for babies, toddlers, kids and adults alike?
“Did you know that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home? This makes it the second most common location for such fatalities. Why are home injuries so prevalent? Most Americans are unaware that they are able to prevent such accidents.” via A Secure Life
Prevention starts with identifying the dangers, then improving those hazards, as well as monitoring what’s going on while you aren’t there (keeping an eye on teens, babysitters, older adults and pets!)
The same way you might have thought that home is a safe place, many people assume that they are safe at work. Work-related injuries are prevalent however. Here is a list of the top 10 most common workplace injuries! Preventing work injuries will always be a two way street for both employers and employees.
There are many ways you can prevent injuries at home and at your place of business.
We found this helpful article about How a Remote Security Camera System Can Help Your Business. They include the following three reasons security cameras can help keep your business secure.
Security Cameras will
✔ Prevent theft and break-ins
✔ Improve employee performance
✔ Ensure employee safety
In one of our own articles we read that security cameras can
✔ Monitor Staff
✔ Monitor Customers
✔ Monitor Property
thus adding to that layer of protection for your staff!
We’re always happy to speak with you regarding your options.
Be safe, not sorry!
For a handy security checklist for first-time homeowners, click here.
Let’s talk parent to parent for a minute.
Parenting isn’t easy, is it?
When your babies are babies, you worry about their development, health and food.
When they grow more and become school-aged kids, you worry about academics, friends and outside influences.
When they become teens, you worry about dating, high school, sex and …driving!
Beyond being a rite of passage, it’s a must-have for every teen; that coveted driver’s license and that car…!
The statistics on teens and driving are a bit scary, though so we went looking for the facts on teens and driving.
We found this helpful website with lots of statistics and helpful ways to educate yourself and your teen on the dangers and distractions while driving.
✓ Teens behind the wheel and their peer passengers account for one in every five deaths to 15 to 19-year-olds in the U.S.
✓ Motor vehicle crashes kill nearly five times as many teens as cancer or poisoning.
✓ Most teen crashes are not caused by aggressive driving or thrill-seeking. Instead, they are more often caused by errors associated with inexperience, such as poor speed management, inadequate scanning, and distractions from something inside or outside of the vehicle.
So how can you protect your teen and how can you help prevent accidents from happening in the first place?
Teach & Talk!
☞ Driver’s Education (required)
☞ Boundaries & Rules (set by you!)
☞ Track Their Moves … Introducing Honeywell Total Connect™ Vehicle Tracker.
“Honeywell Total Connect Tracking Services puts you in the driver’s seat – letting you know where your vehicles and assets are and where they’ve been 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, from any web-enabled smart device! You’ll have real-time GPS location information at your fingertips – a great way to keep tabs on teenage drivers and elderly loved ones, recover missing vehicles and monitor or recover lost or stolen valuables. You can even get email or text alerts when vehicles exceed speed limits or predetermined geographic boundaries.”
Come talk to us, parent to parent, about Vehicle Tracker from Honeywell Total Connect™!
As small business owners in Myrtle Beach, we know first-hand that start up costs for a business are nothing to laugh about! You will spend money on all sorts of things you couldn’t have imagined, unless you’d owned a business before, and many first-timers are surprised by bills they just didn’t expect.
However, now that you are a small business owner and you’ve invested money, time and effort into getting a business off the ground, how are you protecting that investment?
Really… how are you doing it?
If you do not have any of these safety features to safeguard your investment, you run the risk of losing it all! Now that’s something none of us want, right?
“Cameras are your extra set of eyes when you aren’t able to be in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 places all at once!” Even if you are a very hands-on business owner who works hard and is involved in the daily workings of your business, there are times you need to step away from the showroom, the store or the office. You also need to sleep, we assume.
Having surveillance cameras set up to monitor your business makes great ‘cents’.
How does having a camera surveillance system protect your business investment?
Here are three ways you can protect your small business:
Don’t delay in installing a security system, if you do not currently have one. If you do have a system, but without cameras, consider upgrading ASAP. We talk to our customers often, and we KNOW having cameras installed, and security signs displayed, can actually prevent unpleasant events!
There comes a time for every new parent to hire a babysitter and leave their first-born child for the very first time! Just writing this sentence bring back memories…and anxiety! I remember that day way-back-when so well. Just thinking about that first time of leaving my child and going on a date to Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach gives me anxiety. It’s a super fun place to hang out – really, there not a single place in Myrtle Beach that’s NOT fun, yet I couldn’t have any fun…I was stressed out and felt guilty about leaving our son and I kept calling home for updates on the baby.
Often, a first babysitter is a family member; maybe a grandparent or aunt or uncle. Even though this first-time event should be exciting, it also could be stressful. If you are lucky enough to be able to leave your child with a trusted family member it might make things much easier to handle. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have family nearby!
As child number two and maybe number three are welcomed to the world, leaving multiple children of different ages with a sitter every now and then, might seem a necessity to keep sanity. 😉
If you are lucky enough to have a found ‘the perfect sitter’ the first time around, you are definitely in the minority! Many people struggle to find good babysitters and when they do, they hold on to them – this mom speaks from experience! It might take many tries to find the perfect fit and while you ‘try out a new sitter’, stress can get the best of you!
Therefore, hiring a new babysitter to relief parenting stress can in itself bring on …more stress!
We offer Honeywell Total Connect™ services for your home! In an earlier article, we joked around a bit with this concept, explaining how fun it can be to check on your dog while you aren’t home as Honeywell Total Connect™ lets you look inside your home with up to six cameras, real-time. We showed several videos of ‘dogs gone wild’.
All joking put aside, Honeywell Total Connect™ can be the peace of mind you need when hiring a babysitter – or nanny or housekeeper.
You will be able to watch in real time, what’s going on inside your home right from your Smartphone or mobile device. You can see the interactions between your babysitter and your child(ren)!
At the same time, we offer another service that you might find useful when employing help in your home.
We offer C.O.P.S monitoring service to our clients; this is a 24 hour service designed to help you, or your babysitter, in time of need! This would include a fire, burglary or medical emergency. Knowing that the necessary help is available with the press of one button, should give you additional peace of mind.
COPS Monitoring specializes in many types of alarm monitoring and delivers professional service with industry-leading response times.
NOTE: The ‘industry-leading response time’ bit is very important, as this will allow you, or your babysitter not only to talk to someone in time of crisis, but also get the help you need in the shortest amount of time possible! We are very proud to partner with C.O.P.S. and to offer this service to our customers.
We know there are many security companies out there. In Myrtle Beach alone there are several companies to choose from. Make sure to do your research before hiring someone. Installing a security system in your home (or business) is an important decision to make; be well informed and well prepared to hire the best!
Come talk to us to find out if we might be a good fit for your needs!