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How do you go about vetting the many choices of home security companies to find the one that is right for you?
This article will give you a few tips to get you moving in the right direction. Ultimately, it’s up to you to find and connect with the best fit and the best company to protect your home and family!
When it’s time to choose a home security company to install and maintain your security system, understand you should always focus more attention on customers service and brand quality, than on price.
Ultimately, just about anyone with a screwdriver can hang a security camera – but it’s the knowledge and years of experience that will tell a professional where to hang that camera and to what system to connect it, as well as diagnose system failures or service interruptions.
Connecting with the right security company means connecting with a company that is interested and invested in your community and will serve your community for years to come.
Here is how we would start a search to connect with the right home security company.
Before leaving your home, and don’t we all want to avoid that these days, start your research online. Google ‘local home security company’ and add your location if needed.
Look for websites, Google reviews, social media presence, online reviews and images.
Create a list of several local home security companies.
Next, ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. Don’t just ask ‘Who do you use?’ but ask them questions about WHY they picked that local business and what they love about working with them. Ask them what services they’ve contracted for and how responsive that company is when an emergency arises!
Last but not least, keep an eye out for service vehicles in your neighborhood. When you take your dog for a walk, try to find signs. When you take a bike ride with your family, look for those service vehicles. take note of which ones are helping your neighbors with their home security needs!
Now that you have developed a list of potential local home security companies you want to give your business to, pick up the phone and call! There is no substitute for a phone call inquiring about services!
You will know pretty quickly if you are getting what is ‘advertised’ so to speak!
Does a human answer the phone? If you got the answering service or a machine, how quickly, if at all, was your call returned? Did you get answers to your questions and a friendly human on the line? Move this company to the top of your list!
Once you have a top 3 of local home security companies you potentially want to work with, make a list of services you need now, and additional services they offer that you are interested in for a future project.
That could includes additional services like
One more point to drive home. We highly recommend asking each potential business if they are locally owned and locally operated. Supporting your local businesses in 2021 is more important than ever.
If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, in Horry County or in Georgetown County, we invite your to give us a call!
What a crazy we year we leave behind as we move toward 2021. The year 2020 brought us a pandemic of epic proportions, and with that, homeschooling, working from home and all sorts of new ‘firsts’ we might or might not have enjoyed.
The Grand Strand saw spikes of covid-19, increased hospitalizations, hybrid school programs and the closing of many small businesses.
As we move forward to what we hope and wish to be a better year, we’d like to look back one more time at the best of the best articles from this past year to give you ways you can continue to protect and keep your family safe in 2021.
Ring Cameras are an effective way to keep an eye on your home. Did you know that Strand Security installs Ring cameras in Horry County homes as well as Georgetown County homes? Learn more by reading this blog.
While we are entering a new year, we aren’t out of the wood yet with this pandemic. If you are (still) struggling) with homeschooling your children, give this article a read to see if technology could possibly help you as we enter the new year.
Earlier this year we released an article that talked about doing an safety and security audit for your home. Why would you need these audits? Things break. Kids grow. Family dynamics change! Just like you take your car in to be inspected or serviced, your child gets a checkup at the pediatrician every year, your home security system and your safety protocol need an audit yearly!
With so much technology available to us, it’s no wonder we are at the stage of being able to give voice commands to do just about anything in and around our home. Voice activation is a great tool for fighting germs and the spread of COVID-19, Influenza or any other virus! Learn more here.
What a sad year 2020 was for the seniors in our lives. While they were less-mobile to start, COVID-19 kept them isolated in their homes. Fortunately, technology can play a part in keeping them safe and connecting, virtually, with family and friends in their life! Read about the latest technology to keep seniors safe at home here.
Last but not least we want to highlight URC automation! If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you! Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?
No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!) We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC! Learn more here.
Lessons from the past can help us take charge of the future. No matter how we personallexperienceded 2020, we all have some takeaways that will help us navigate 2021.
We wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2021.
While we know you are busy, it only takes seconds for disaster to strike – take a few minutes today to read and learn more about keeping your home and family safe during this special time fo the year.
Here are some ways that decoring can undermine your security!
❌ Don’t use real candles in any room without proper adult supervision.
❌ Don’t run your outside lights through your windows; that is an invite for a burglar to open the window and come in!
❌ If you have a fireplace, get it cleaned before making your first fire of the season.
❌ Don’t leave crockpots plugged in if you leave your home. They are a fire hazard.
❌ Don’t forget to activate your alarm system, even if you are home.
While we are in a pandemic and most of us will choose to stay home, some of you may need to travel. As always, we highly recommend not advertising the fact that your home will be empty and unattended; do not post on social media that you will be gone for an extended period of time.
If you need additional tips on keeping your home safe and secure while you travel, read this.
Do you love spoiling your family? We do! Well, burglars look for gift boxes under the tree. Don’t give the Grinch a chance to steal your Christmas gifts – draw your shades at night so the tree and your gifts can’t be seen from the outside!
Be aware of strangers is something we’ve talked about before on this blog. But during the holidays, you might have people come to your door that do not look suspicious. Burglars may take advantage and scope out your home and your security measure, or lack there off, by pretending to ask for donations, by carolling or ‘delivering’ something to the wrong address. Beware of strange vans or unidentifiable delivery personal! Don’t open the door for strangers.
Last but not least, don’t leave your Christmas trash outside overnight! TVs, iPhone, games, expensive boots, clothes, or other tech gadgets – if you received these for Christmas and leave the boxes outside for all to see it will attract those with bad intentions!
Instead, flatten all boxes – recycle them if possible – and put them inside your trash can where no one can see them! Alternatively, put your trash out right before the trash pick up occurs, illuminating the possibility that someone is scoping out the ‘goods’
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We hope you will be spoiled with the presence of family, love and yes, gifts!
Stay safe and secure.
We want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how different this year’s celebration looks due to the pandemic, if you are with family and healthy, you are lucky and blessed!
We are thankful for so many people in our business.
We are thankful for our staff and our suppliers, and we are thankful for you, our customer! As we come to the end of a year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are so very grateful for the ability to continue to serve the Grand Strand community of South Carolina and keep residents in Horry County and Georgetown County safe and secure!
Today, let’s look at some of the latest security technology we are grateful for during this crazy 2020 year.
The possibilities are endless with URC technology and we are grateful to be able to help solve problems for our clients with this amazing system and related products.
Learn more about URC here.
If nothing else, we’ve all learned to “let go” this year! Many of us have had to go to work and leave teenagers and kids at home for remote schooling whether they we ready for this, or not. Some of us have elderly relatives who are at home in self-imposed isolation to stay safe from COVID-19 and because of all this, how thankful we are for remote access to our home security cameras and systems!
No matter where you need to be, the ones that are left at home can be reached in an instant with remote access to your home security system, how comforting is that as a parent or caregiver?
Last but not least, now that we know through science how germs are spread, using voice activation to control your home, your smarthome, gives you an added buffer of security and safety against an invisible enemy, COVID-19.
No more touching and retouching light switches, curtains, temperature controls, garage door openers, windows, locks, sound systems, home theater controls… With URC smarthome technology everything can be controlled by voice and thus by default becomes touch-free and germ-free!
We are thankful to be able to offer this to our Strand Security customers, both homeowners and families, as well as our commercial customers like restaurants and Grand Strand business owners who need a new way to keep customers and staff safe!
We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here! We don’t just work on the Grand Strand , we live here, too. We are thankful to be surrounded by businesses who, like us, care about their customers’ safety and security, and we are glad to be working on several URC integration projects right now to give those businesses that added buffer of safety.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security to you and yours!
Are you considering buying a Ring Camera?
If you live on the Grand Strand, you know the growth of our community. Thousands upon thousands move to our area each year and new homes are popping out of the ground like mushrooms.
New neighborhoods seem to arise overnight as builders churn out new homes near our beautiful South Carolina coast.
With new people and a larger population comes more crimes and more home burglaries and invasions. Criminal activity goes up as communities grow as there is more opportunity to steal and more potential victims available.
Residents might choose a DIY home security system or a professionally installed system to keep their loved ones and their property save; many residents choose to enhance their systems with Ring Cameras
While we knock anything DIY, there is so much to know about installing cameras that we highly recommend extensive research, or hiring professionals like Strand Security.
We have over 25 years of experience installing home security systems and we get the job done fast, and right the first time! 😉
Things to remember when installing your own cameras would include
Ring Cameras can be purchased as a stand-alone product from just about anywhere online.
They’ve gained popularity among DIY-ers and home improvement communities as an easy way to keep tabs on what’s going on at home when you are not there.
One of the best places to install a Ring Camera is at your front door.
This YouTube video shows front-porch thieves stealing packages and breaking in.
While the ‘most well-known’ Ring Camera is the one people have installed at the front door, there are several Ring Cameras on the market! Strand Security is happy to help you choose the right cameras for your home, your security, your needs. You can stop by in Murrells Inlet for a visit to check out the Ring Camera options and models, including:
While we highly recommend you purchase your Ring Cameras from a reputable Ring Camera Dealer, we also recognize that not everyone will want to go that route. You might find an online sale or might have received a Ring Camera as a gift.
The good news is that Strand Security can and will install your Ring Cameras should you need assistance. We serve Horry County residents as well as Georgetown County residents and will be happy to come your way to set up your Ring Camera System for you.
Give us a call today and let’s get your home and your family secured!
Homeschooling at the best of times can be a challenge but usually is a personal choice; homeschooling during a pandemic, or forced homeschooling as some will feel it is really challenging. As schools in Horry County and Georgetown County are back in session, many parents have already chosen to keep their kids home!
If that’s you, why not make being home just a bit easier by investing in Smarthome technology.
Check out our blog 10 Reasons to Love Smart Homes if you aren’t sure what’s so great about smarthomes!
When you hear the word ‘Smarthome’ you might imagine a home that has ever available technology available to take the day to day tasks out of the hands of the homeowner. From smart doorbells, talking fridges and smart thermostats to voice assistants who welcome you home.
Sounds expensive, and it can be, however, you don’t have to go all in. “At its very core, a smart home is probably best defined as a living area connected to technology meant to enhance the home”.
Meaning that by a Smarthome can be a combination of devices or just have one. The trick is to find the devices that will benefit your home and your family.
With homeschooling becoming the norm and the kitchen becoming the classroom, a smart speaker provides a virtual classroom assistant enabling both parents and children to find answers to questions that would usually take time to find out.
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the popular smart speakers nowadays in your homeschool classroom which can not only enable your kids to access enormous amounts of information just by asking a question, but can also;
Smarthome technology integrates with your security system, allowing your peace of mind if you need to leave your teens or preteen unattended for a while during the day.
You might find yourself needing to check in at work, or taking a trip to the grocery store.
Not sure if your child is ready to be left home alone? Check this article!
And remember – if you activate the security alarm system, help is close by is an emergency arrises.
An additional perk to smarthomes: not only are they safer, they are healthier! Smarthome means hands-free and in the age of COVID-19, that’s just plain smart!
You’ve got the kids to sit down, you managed to get them to open their books but now you have to go to your home office to do your work. But how do you know that the kids are actually doing their school work?
Getting up to check that they are working the books is going to break into your work time not to mention breaking your concentration so investing in remote monitoring is a good option.
With this smarthome technology your kids aren’t just safe, they can be monitored in real time by a live camera feed fed to you on your device of choice!
How about that for hall monitor?!
Homeschooling is looking to be something that will continue for a while and as learning ‘at the kitchen table’ continues, why not make your family’s life easier (and less shouty) by investing in smarthome technology – gotta go, the fridge is talking to me!
If you aren’t sure what to answer, maybe it’s time for a home audit!
An audit is an official inspection.
To conduct a home audit for security and safety means conducting a thorough check up on the overall security and safety of the inside and outside of your home, identifying any problem areas to address.
Have you ever done a home audit?
This article will tell you how to do a home audit for security and safety.
Are you ready to make your home more secure?
Here is how to do your audit.
With the findings of this audit, make a plan to update or replace broken locks, replace burnt out light bulbs, adjust sensors and talk to an expert about security cameras.
The same way you conducted a home audit for security, you can conduct a home audit for safety.
Get started the same way with either a spreadsheet or a clipboard with paper to document your findings.
Then do this:
NOTE: This is not a complete list. Be a home detective and really look around for falling and tripping hazards and bend down and look up for things that could be hiding in plain sight.
Make a list or repairs and spend a weekend completing them.
While small changes are just that, small changes to your home for security and safety reason could end up saving your life of that of a person in your family.
You never know what might happen!
Kids touch everything.
It’s just how they are.
They touch their face, their mouth, their eyes, pets, food, and any surface they come in contact with at home, at school and on-the-go!
In the age of COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, touching means possibly coming in contact with COVID-19 germs. While social distancing measures certainly have helped the spread of this virus, it’s hard to know exactly when and where you are most exposed to germs.
There is one place you are safe. Once you’ve quarantined your family for at least two weeks, you can be assured the coronavirus is not in your home.
As the country is looking for ways to reopen and restart our economy, we are all looking for ways to touch less surfaces and stay germ-free as much as possible
Smarthomes with voice activation is your solution to keeping you and your loved ones safe.
Not having to touch multiple surfaces will eliminate close contact with those who might visit your home as the country is opening back up again.
and so much more.
Who should you call when you need a smarthome with voice activation in the Myrtle Beach area? Whether you live in Horry County or Georgetown County, Strand Security can help you with URC installation and integration! Complete set up of the system including teaching you how to use the controls and all features.
Trust the smarthome experts who’ve been installing smarthome technology for years! Add to that the fact we don’t just work here, but we also live right here on the Grand Strand. Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated small business to help you protect those you love and to secure that what you worked so hard for!
We are a proud partner with WBTW News 13 in their 13Cares Program as a response to the coronavirus outbreak on the Grand Strand.
We are doing our part to stop the spread of germs and to keep everyone safe!
Let us know how we can help you!
If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you!
Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?
No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!)
We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC!
Now if you are looking for a Smarthome but you do not want to move, rebuild or construct something, we’ve got great news! Any home can be made into a Smarthome with URC automation.
Even the oldest homes, the most basic homes, can be updated to become smart.
How awesome is that, right?
Just let us know WHAT you’d like to automate, and what brands/equipment you currently have and we will make a plan together!
Check out this super cool touchscreen technology.
Image this tabletop controller sitting on your kitchen table.
You activate the system with your voice and be giving a commend, you can turn on lights, turn the thermostat up or down or control the window shades!
How sweet is that?!
Need to change something? Use the tabletop controller to adjust a setting.
Need to monitor your cameras? Use the tabletop controller to see every angle!
However, if you want total reach from say, your couch, you also need a universal remote from URC!
No need for any other remote – this one REPLACES all your other remotes!
How is that for Smarthome technology.
Chuck your tv remote, surround sound system remote, and all other gadgets…
The BEST PART?
We will INSTALL and PROGRAM your remote for you!
Let’s review that…
You do not have to know how to program this; Strand Security staff will program your URC system and remote for you!
The URC remote gives you
South Carolina; are you ready for the next generation of Smarthome technology?
Give us a call!
This post is the second in a year-long series of ’10 reasons to love…’ as Strand Security celebrates 10 years in business.
A Smarthome is
a residence equipped with a number of devices that automate tasks normally handled by humans. Some are built into the structure itself and some added later, and homeowners operate them with voice commands or by artificial intelligence.
uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating.
That is just the tip of the iceberg, though.
New uses, new brands, and more integrations are available every day!
Our homes are getting smarter.
While new Smarthomes are created every day, not everyone fully understands what a Smarthome can do and how it can affect daily life.
Therefore, we’ve come up with 10 reasons to love Smarthomes.
Of course, they are brilliant. Their name says it all.
This home can think and has a brain that functions to communicate with the homeowners. If that’s not brilliant, we don’t know what is!
While we won’t go as far as calling people lazy, Smarthomes offer convenience to those who crave it. With just one button, one switch or one command, the homeowner can engage the home to auto-work for them.
Smarthome technology integrates with hundreds, if not thousands of brands. URC integrates with 100’s of brands, many brands that we offer and recommend to our customers here at Strand Security
Automation means that once you set something up once, that ‘action’ is remembered and can be triggered at any time by a commend. Automation means that when you get home, you can, for example, tell your home ‘I am home’ and that would trigger any automation you’ve programmed – drawing shades, changing the thermostat, locking the doors behind you etc.
By virtue of automation and integration, we all save time; the Smarthome does the thinking as well as the execution.
Never again draw the shades. Never again have to touch a light switch. Never again have to lock (or forget to lock) the door behind you. Set it up once and it’s done!
If you or someone you love lives with a disability, or is elderly and not active, having a Smarthome can be a gamechanger to being independent! Especially if that person has limited physical ability.
By automating lights, thermostats, and window shades, your home becomes energy efficient. You will save money on your electric bill just by being smart!
Your home might be quirky, or stern, or persistent. If you set your automation right, your home will have a personality!
The best part of having a Smarthome besides ‘peace of mind’ is the ability to control your home from one remote! No more TV controls, thermostats controls, light switches and keys… One remote can do EVERYTHING for you.