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The Best Location for Your Outdoor Security Cameras

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Do You Currently Have Any Outdoor Security Cameras?

If you have security cameras in and around your home, let us ask you some questions!

  • How often do you check your camera?
  • How often is there maintenance done on your security cameras?
  • When was the last time your cameras were serviced?
  • Do you know how to clean around your cameras?
  • How old are your cameras?
  • Did you check your camera settings after the last hurricane?

If you are a bit baffled and don’t have all the answers, no worries. Many people are of the belief that’s it is best to install-and-forget!

We don’t agree and we will tell you why, in this article today!

What Are you Protecting Outside Your Home?

At some point, you decided you had a need for outdoor security cameras and purchased them. Someone installed them for you because we know that DIY jobs are not the best choice when you deal with security.

Are the needs you had when you purchased your security cameras the same as your needs now?

Families change. Business change.

Shouldn’t your security plan change, too?

If you’ve never had any cameras installed, something must have happened that you are reading this and inquiring about getting security cameras for your home or business!

What Are You Protecting Inside Your Home?

How about inside your home? Who and what are you protecting?

As babies grow into toddlers, then kids, and then teens, the need to monitor certain areas of your home changes.

If you’ve not thought about the position of your security cameras for years, it’s a good idea to update your security plan. Work with your local security systems dealer to upgrade, update and (re)install cameras that work for your current needs!

One example might be that while you had small children, you had a camera installed in the playroom, but now you might want one in the garage or game room; whichever spot your teenagers hang out!

Not All Outdoor Security Cameras Are Created Equal!

Just know not all security cameras are created equal and they do need an update now and then.

We have several resources for you to check things out.

What is the Best Location for Outdoor Security Cameras?

Now that you have a better understanding of what security cameras are capable of and how they work, here are the places you should consider installing outdoor security cameras.

🔥Front Door

Around 34% of burglars enter through the front door; place the camera at the second-floor level so that the burglar can not reach up and disable your camera.

🔥Back Door

Most backdoors cannot be seen from the street. Place a camera pointed at the backdoor to spy on possible intruders.

🔥 Backyard (Gates)

Animals, pets, neighborhood kids and burglars might be using the backyard and a backyard gate to approach your home. Keep on eye on your kids and pets with your camera; keep an eye out for intruders, too.

🔥 Basement Window and/or Stairs

If you have a basement, or outside stairs to a second-floor landing, you should be placing a camera pointed at those stairs.

🔥 Ground Floor Window

Any ground floor window not accessible from the yard and not in full view of the street could be used as an entry point. Place a camera near every such window.

Additional Location Ideas for Security Cameras

Sometimes you want to disguise your cameras, especially if the cameras themselves would be a target to get stolen.

Disguise your cameras and hang them in/on

  • large trees
  • barn gabels
  • garage roofs
  • porches
  • dog house
  • roof of playset
  • flagpole
  • large (potted) plants
  • outdoor shower area
  • pool deck

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What Makes a Powerful Surveillance Camera?

Surveillance Camera vs Security Camera

Is there a difference between a surveillance camera vs a security camera?

Sure, there is.

Today, we will explain the difference between these two so that it comes time for you to make a decision on which type of camera is best for your business you will be well informed to protect your employees and the investment you made in your business.

A surveillance camera is a security camera, but a security camera isn’t always a surveillance camera. 

Surveillance cameras are often used by businesses but can be used for private property if the property is large and safety and security are of utmost importance at all times.

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What Does a Surveillance Camera Do?

Here is the definition of a surveillance camera:

Connected to a central system, the surveillance cameras send footage back to a monitor that displays what the cameras see. Unlike traditional television broadcasting, CCTV sends a closed signal to the receiving monitor, allowing viewing to be strictly observed by the connected equipment, only.

Here is what security cameras do:

Most security cameras on the market today are standard analog security cameras connected directly to a digital video recorder. The cameras in this type of system consist of a lens, DSP chip (digital signal processing chip) and a housing. The cameras are simply the window used by the DVR (digital video recorder) to see.

To explain it simply, it is really the difference of the job each camera needs to perform.

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Who Needs a Surveillance Camera?

  • If you are a large company on a large piece of land with valuable assets, you might need surveillance cameras.
  • If you have a large warehouse or a big store, you might need surveillance cameras.
  • If you are a municipality and responsible for public safety, you might need surveillance cameras.

Check out this article on the use of CCTV cameras for businesses, which includes 10 tips for choosing the right security cameras for your business.

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What Makes a Powerful Surveillance Camera?

There are a variety of different types of surveillance cameras which suit different situations or premises, and that selecting the proper camera for the right application really is vital.

This includes but isn’t limited to

Each camera chosen will be chosen for the specific job it needs to do. You local security expert will recommend the best camera for your needs. Whatever you decide, we don’t recommend doing this.

What To Look for When Purchasing a Surveillance Camera?

We recommend you just pick up the phone and call your locally owned and locally operated small business who specializes in home and commercial security systems.

Chances are they know exactly what you need and will give you several options and several brand and systems to chose from.

Why do all this research and work ahead of time when that is all they do, all day long?

When you are ready, give us a call! We serve customers in both Horry County and Georgetown County.

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

 

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

 

You Can Thank Your Lucky Stars Or Hire The Best Security Company

How Lucky Do You Feel?

Accidents and attacks happen in mere seconds. People get mugged, attacked, and robbed daily. Businesses get vandalized and their employees robbed and you might never have known about it unless it made the news.

Within precious seconds, or even in the blink of an eye, something can happen to you or a loved one that will alter the rest of your life.

How well you are prepared often dictates the outcome!

The more prepared you are for the potential of a natural disaster, personal attack, accident, home invasion, fire or another emergency, the better off you are.

Leaving it all “to chance” is one sure way to set yourself and your loved ones up for failure and a negative outcome.

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Do You Want Your Security To Be ‘Lucky’ or Scientific?

If you’ve never been

  • attacked
  • robbed
  • vandalized
  • in a fire
  • under attack
  • in an accident

count your lucky stars!

Each year, millions of Americans deal with the aftermath of personal disasters like accidents, home invasions, fires, attacks, vandalism and more.

Let us look at some statistics and scientific data next, to find if preparation for an emergency can make a difference.

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Facts and Data Don’t Lie!

We contract with C.O.P.S Monitoring Services and this is why!

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This means that when you do have a home or business emergency, help is on the way instantly, even if you are incapacitated due to injury, smoke inhalation, an attack or another emergency!

Safewise states: “Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home.”

How is this for a statistic: “Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.” It’s easy to prepare and to make sure to lock up every night to prevent burglaries.

Don’t Leave It To Luck. Hire The Best Security Company Now!

We are on standby to help you and yours.

Your security is our business here at Strand Security and we take it very seriously.

We are a locally owned and locally operated business and we want nothing more than help to protect those whom you love and that what you’ve worked so hard for!

Come to talk to us and learn the difference.

We Are Thankful For Our Customers!

We wouldn’t be where we are today without our loyal customers.

To our current customers, we’d like to say “We enjoy doing business with you and thank you for your patronage.” For those who are not customers yet; “What are you waiting for?” Pick up the phone and give us a call!

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Introducing the Honeywell Smart Home Security System!

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Amazon Alexa™ and Honeywell Have Teamed Up!

This could very well be one of the most in-demand holiday gifts for 2018! You heard it here, alright? 😉

Honeywell and Amazon Alexa™ have teamed up to give you the best of home security and technology; introducing one smart system called the Honeywell Smart Home Security System!

This is great for any homeowner, on the Grand Strand, or elsewhere!

Is The Honeywell Smart Home Security System Right For You?

To find out if the Honeywell Smart Home (Security) System is right for you, watch this video.

We find it super exciting to see an amazing brand we love, use and recommend to our customers here at Strand Security aka Honeywell, move forward with a partnership of this magnitude, with Amazon Alexa™,  and serve their customers even better!

The Honeywell Smart Home Security System is an all-in-one home security system that is expandable to fit your life and home, now and in the future. Easy to set up, use and featuring Amazon Alexa™ built in it sends smart alerts to your mobile device.

How is this different from Honeywell Total Connect?

“Security just got smarter”

The all-in-one system with facial recognition and Amazon Alexa™ built-in sends smart alerts to your mobile device. Easy to set up and use, it grows with your needs thanks to a range of sensors and services.

Making Your Home a Honeywell Smart Home!

Whether your home is large, medium or you live in an apartment; your home can be a Smart Home too!

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The same protection and security features, now linked with Amazon Alexa™ to make your home smart and interactive!

Exciting Honeywell Smart Home Security Features!

The new Honeywell Smart Home Security System starts with the purchase and installation of a camera base station.

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Additional accessories to enhance the system include

  • indoor motion viewer
  • outdoor motion viewer
  • motion sensor
  • access sensor
  • key fob

The best part about this new system?

You can control it all with the Honeywell Home app!

Get it for your Apple Devices here.

Get is for your Android Devices here.

One place, one app.

Everyone in your family has access and full control over your safety and security, in real time.

Strand Security and Honeywell Smart Home Security

We understand that some of our customers will be able to set up and install the Honeywell  Smart Home System on their own.

However, we wanted to make sure that you know that we offer installation of the Honeywell Smart Home System and help with integrating it with your current home alarm system.

Why struggle with the set up if we can do it effortlessly, right?

For those who choose to ask for help with set up and installation, we will make sure you receive a demo and understand how your Honeywell Smart Home works before we leave.

We want to make sure you understand your system and know how to operate it!

Give us a call to purchase a system, or to ask for installation and set up if you already have a system but need help.

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We Are Proud To Be A Top Home Security Blog!

Strand Security is a Top Home Security Blog

We have some news to share and something to celebrate with you, our readers!

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We were recently named a Top Home Security Blog by Lockpick World.

It’s a great honor to be included in this list of top blogs, for sure!

Their words:

These blogs, websites, and experts are some of the best in the field of home security. They can supply, guide, and educate you with everything you need.

Wow!

These are great, encouraging words to hear. We work hard each week to provide with you with an updated article about everything home security – and commercial security, too – so that you may stay safe!

We always aim to

✔️supply you with answers to any home security questions you may have

✔️guide you to make decisions that are right for you, your family and business

✔️educate you about the latest technologies available in our security industry

It seems we are on track!

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Your Security, Our Business!

We stop at nothing to give you the best, day in, day out!

We strive to give our customers the best

  • customer service
  • brands
  • equipment
  • monitoring service
  • response time
  • value
  • pricing
  • overall experience

We’d love to hear what you think of us!

Online Reviews for Strand Security

We value our customers, each and every one of our customers, and while it is amazing to be recognized as a Top Security Blog by a peer organization, we really love it when our customers leave positive Facebook and Google reviews for us online!

These reviews help future customers know more about Strand Security and what we do!

Let us be real!

As much as we can tell you about our customer service, our brand, equipment, and company, people trust other people more than they trust businesses.

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Review Us Please!

If you’ve ever interacted with us, we’d love for you to take a few minutes to review us.

It will help future customers makes decisions, and it will help us to be found online.

Lockpick World has this to say about us and our blog:

Strand Security believes in making a safer world and works toward that goal one customer at a time. Such is its focus in attending to its patrons that every person who employs Strand Security’s services rests with a lighter heart, confident in the total security of their homes. In fact, its motto is “Your security, our business.”

We now proudly display this logo!

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

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Are You Looking For A New Home Security System?

You might be in the market for a new home security system if you

  • recently moved to the Grand Strand
  • just bought a new home
  • currently are in the process of building a new home
  • are the victim of a recent crime
  • found your home burglarized
  • have watched the crime rate in your neighborhood explode
  • not long ago had a baby
  • changed jobs

Changes in lifestyle, location or family life all contribute to a search for added security.

You’ve Got Home Security Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Who should you go to when you have questions about an existing system, or if you are interested in purchasing a home security system for the first time?

A local, locally owned and locally operated home security system provider has all the answers to any of your pressing questions, of course!

In the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area, Strand Security is the company that fits that bill. We serve customers in both Georgetown County and Horry County.

We have an active Facebook Page where we can answer questions, but better yet, we are available by phone or service email anytime!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Home Security

Here are some questions we get frequently.

Read these answers and many more on our Strand Security blog. We are glad you are here already; did you know we have nearly four years of articles and information available for you to research?

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

If you are ready to go ahead and purchase a home security system, here are 9 questions to ask your home security provider.

We’d be happy to help you keep your home safe and secure for those you love!

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Are you licensed?
  3. What equipment (brands) do you use?
  4. Who monitors your systems?
  5. What is the average response time to emergencies?
  6. How much is the install?
  7. What is my overall cost?
  8. Will I get a yard sign and window decals?
  9. Does your system help me qualify for a home insurance discount?

Home Security = Peace of Mind

What Are Your Family’s First Demands For The Best Home Security?

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Protect Your Family With the Best Home Security

Is that a question, or a demand?

We know the truth! Of course, you want to protect your family with the best home security.

However, you might be searching the Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand area for

Whatever it is that is most important to you, know that we value the same things as we live right here on the Grand Strand ourselves and want to protect our family, just like you do.

We will work with you, your budget and your needs, always. 

What Does Your Home Need To Protect Your Family?

If you are a new homeowner, you’ll be (most likely) new to home security too.

Protecting your family goes beyond protection from a home invasion or burglary.

Here are additional sources of danger

  • Home Fires; prevention with fire alarms
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; prevent with CO alarms
  • Break-ins; Alert authorities instantly with monitoring services
  • Home Invasion; Identify and locate suspects with security cameras
  • Trespassing; Deter trespassers with automatic floodlights
  • Drowning; Alert homeowner to movement in the pool, or opening of a door to pool deck
  • Falling; Personal panic buttons can help an elderly person call for help when needed

What your home needs is up to you; consider your security company a valuable partner in selecting the right equipment to keep you and your loved ones safe!

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What Does Your Family Want To Feel Safe?

Now that we know what you want, and what equipment is needed to keep your family safe – and to get the best home security for your family – let us look at what your family needs to make it all work!

Your spouse, teenager, babysitter, elderly parent, or child needs

  • easy access
  • easy to use equipment
  • panic buttons
  • monitoring service
  • voice commend
  • remote control

Right?

Many more families these days have multiple generations living or working together.

This means that multiple people will be using your security system and you will need the equipment you pick to be easy in use and access.  Most likely, you will want remote access to your cameras and system!

Click here to read more about multiple generations & home security!

What Is The Best Type of Home Security For Your Family?

We can only answer this question of ‘What is the best type of home security for my family’ if you answer a few questions of your own first!

It all depends on these factors

  • What can you afford to spend on equipment (i.e. cameras, sensors)?
  • How much can you afford on monitoring services each month?
  • Will there be changes in your family size in the upcoming years? (look at least 3-5 years ahead)
  • Do you prefer working with a locally owned and operated business owner, or a large franchise?

We will be happy to help you figure out what your home needs, what your family wants and what you can afford! 

Can I Keep My Family Safe Without A Security System in Place?

We can’t guarantee it.

Why would you want to? Is saving a little bit of money each month worth not having peace of mind?

How much are you spending on health insurance, homeowners insurance, car maintenance, and your pension each month? Safety and security are clearly important to you if you pay those bills. 

Without a security system in place to keep those you love safe, be prepared for feelings of

  • fear
  • guilt
  • regret

Now, who wants to live like that?

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Get started today – give us a call and you’ll be feeling much better!

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

Install FLIR Security Cameras To Protect What is Yours!

Are You Aware of the Crime Rate In Your Town?

Whether you live in Myrtle Beach or elsewhere on the Grand Strand, in Horry County or Georgetown County, or somewhere else altogether, it is always a good idea to know crime stats for your neighborhood and the city you live in! Anyone who owns a home should protect that home and those who live in it.

We at Strand Security love Flir Security Cameras. It’s what we use to protect our own family!

As Myrtle Beach is on the list of America’s most dangerous cities, it is important to be aware of what continues to happen in our neighborhood, our city, our state!

NBC states:

It’s been one year and the Grand Strand continues to land on the list of America’s most dangerous.

According to Alarms.org, Myrtle Beach is the most crime-ridden city in the Palmetto State and 33rd most dangerous in the country. Its ranking is on par with other publications. Safewise.com ranks it as the 32nd most dangerous city. Another website, Neighborhood Scout, tabbed it the 13th most dangerous, saying you have a 1-in-60 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Myrtle Beach.

Awareness is the first step to change and prevention!

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How Can You Best Protect Your Loved Ones and Your Assets?

The best way to protect your loved ones, and your assets, from crime, is with knowledge!

Knowledge about:

  • crime rates
  • criminal activity in your neighborhood
  • crime prevention
  • security systems

Read. Learn. Stay Informed. Secure. Prevent.

All of these are action-verbs, meaning; to be inactive is to remain vulnerable to crime.

Take action today for the safety and security of those you love.

One easy way to start protecting whom and what you love best is with security cameras!

How Do Security Cameras Protect You?

Now, how do security cameras protect you and the ones you love?

“Security cameras help prevent a crime from happening in the first place – as security cameras are a huge deterrent to potential criminals – and if a crime does occur, the recordings can help police find, identify and arrest the perpetrator.”

In addition to crime prevention, we found a super helpful list of ways security cameras can help protect your home. This isn’t a complete list, but a great start to thinking about preventing accidents and crime at your home.

They include

  1. Monitor the perimeter of your property
  2. See who’s at the front door
  3. Nanny Cams for child protection
  4. Keep an eye on your garage
  5. Monitor points of entry to prevent theft
  6. Make your own video baby monitor
  7. Protect your home business
  8. Watch the pool and play areas from indoors

Now, let’s look at Flir Security Cameras!

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What can Flir Security Cameras Do?

Here is a list of applications!

FLIR applications
For those of us needing home security or commercial security, check out this selection of Visible Security Cameras.

Learn More About FLIR Security Cameras!

From FLIR:

We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and advanced threat detection systems. Our products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance public safety and well-being, increase energy efficiency, and enable healthy and entertained communities.

Here are some amazing FLIR facts!

  • FLIR is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras
  • FLIR cameras produce the highest quality video at the lowest bandwidth
  • FLIR cameras use the latest sensor technology
  • FLIR cameras offer tamper detection and multi-zone video motion detection

Interested in getting the BEST cameras for your home? Talk to us at Strand Security today!

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

Meet Honeywell Total Connect™ and Fall in Love Forever!

Get Honeywell Total Connect™

What is Honeywell Total Connect™?

Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services lets you stay in the know wherever you go! How neat is that?

Whether you are running an errand in Myrtle Beach, at work along the Grand Strand, or on summer vacation in the upstate of South Carolina or elsewhere, you will have full access to your home and/or business through our app. You will love being able to check in from anywhere, at any time! Once you have Honeywell Total Connect™, you will fall in love forever.

With the tap of a finger, our app lets you control your security system, receive push notifications, text messages and email alerts, control thermostats, lighting and locks, locate vehicles or assets — even view live video and see, hear and speak to visitors at the front door anytime, anywhere on compatible smart devices, including iPhone, Android and iPad.

Honeywell Total Connect™ is packed with features that help you receive a great user experience!

Who Can Use Honeywell Total Connect™?

Honeywell Total Connect™ can be used both for residential as well as commercial use, so homeowners, as well as business owners, get great value from our system!

Kids, teenagers, elderly parents, nannies, neighbors, employees; anyone you trust and who needs access to your home or business can get access while you are away!

What Can Honeywell Total Connect™ Do?

Let us check out what Honeywell Total Connect™ has to offer, shall we?

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To get the full scoop, check out this brochure!

 

How Easy Is Honeywell Total Connect™ To Use?

Oh, it’s super easy!

In fact, our app is so easy to use once it is set up, that kids, teenagers, as well as the elderly, should have no problem using our app. Of course, if you use Strand Security as your service provider, we will make sure that everyone who needs access to your system will have full access.

Are you ready for a Smarthome?

How Can I Get The Honeywell Total Connect™ System and App?

All you need to do is connect with us at Strand Security. We can answer any question you may have.

You can also stop by our offices for a demo to see how a Honeywell Total Connect™ system works and play around with it!

Did you know you can install vehicle tracker in your (commercial) vehicles, too, and monitor with Honeywell Total Connect™? Great for teenage drivers and employees.

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