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What To Do First When a Hurricane Is Headed Your Way

When A Hurricane Is Headed for the Grand Strand

If a hurricane might be on its way to the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach area, you’ll be monitoring the weather closely. Local news stations will have the latest updates and will be predicting the path of the hurricane, with limited success, of course.

Those who’ve lived here for years know that nothing is set in stone and that hurricanes can and do often change direction.

Usually, you have about a week before a hurricane has made its way to you from the time of the first warning. 

So what is the first thing you need to do when a hurricane is headed your way?

Keep reading and we’ll tell you!

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Activate Your Family Emergency and Hurricane Plan

You read that right.

If a hurricane is headed your way, the first thing to do it to activate your emergency and hurricane plan.

What do these look like?

They are written plans which detail many steps to take to get your family to safety and include things like

  • evacuation destination
  • what to bring in case of an evacuation
  • important paperwork you’ll need
  • where or how to transport your pet
  • how to get your house ready for a hurricane
  • how to get your business ready for a hurricane

and much more.

The important part of these plans is that you’ve done your homework BEFORE the threat of a hurricane reaches your area because if you don’t have a plan, and that happens, all bets are off to get supplies.

There will be an instantaneous shortage of sandbags, generators and hotel rooms, just a few things that are essential to having a safe and affordable hurricane plan.

Hurricane Supply Tip

Just a friendly tip; amazon sells sandbags and other hurricane supplies, so may we suggest you order items now, right now, and tuck those away for later?

Things to buy now, and tuck away in your hurricane supply kit include

  • sandbags
  • cleaning supplies
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • garbage bags
  • water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • mop and bucket
  • hurricane candles and flashlights
  • power banks
  • extra bag of pet food
  • extra propane tank for your outdoor grill
  • first-aid kit
  • generator

Every local outlet will be scrambling to have as many of these supplies on hand as possible, but each time a hurricane heads this way we hear of people missing out on sandbags and other items on this list as the supply lines dry up quickly.

Amazon and online purchasing should be done before the threat of a hurricane because supply lines will close for everyone.

Order now, don’t delay.

The Big One Is Coming, Now Prepare For That Hurricane Hit

If after a few days the weather pattern holds steady and it does look like a hurricane will make landfall or impact on the Grand Strand, or the area where you live, you will need to do many more things to get ready.

As a homeowner vs renter, you are the sole person in charge of your property. You will either need to hire someone to board up your house, or you will need to do it yourself. If you’d made a hurricane and family emergency plan, you will be all set and have these boards cut to size in your garage or storage shed waiting for you to board up your home.

If you failed to plan for this possibility, you will be hard-pressed to find boards at any home improvement store!

Don’t Be Scared, be Prepared!

The Grand Strand is growing!  Over 1400 people are moving to our area every single month. Many are arriving here form places that don’t ever see hurricanes so there are a lot of people who do not know how to prepare.

We’ve created the 2019 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners.

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

Please read, download and share! Tag a friend and prepare, just in case. It’s heartbreaking to see people panicked, afraid and just unprepared to either hunker down or evacuate without a plan and supplies. Being ill-prepared could cost them their lives.

Your safety is our business.

 

How to Know When Your Child is Safe Home Alone After School

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At What Age Can A Child Be Left Home Alone After School?

South Carolina schools in both Hory County and Georgetown County will be back in session in LESS THEN ONE MONTH and if you are a parent of school-aged children, pre-teens or teenagers after-school care solutions is what’s on your mind right now, are we right?

If you’ve researched after school programs, babysitters and clubs, you know that choices are limited and enrollment is expensive.

You might be ready to try the ‘free’ route aka allow your child to be home alone after school! 

The question ‘At what age can a child be left home alone after school’ is one we hear quite frequently. As parents ourselves, we’ve had that same question years ago!

There is a two-part answer to this question.

  1. The LEGAL AGE a child can be left home alone after school in South Carolina is non-specific (there is no law regarding the age at which children can be left alone), however, the state has issued a non-legal guideline recommending that children younger than 8 never be left alone.
  2. The age you might want to leave your child home alone after school differs from child-to-child!

What does this mean?

It’s up to you as a parent; use your common sense and available resources!

Does Your Child Ask To be Left Home Alone After School?

In a previous article, we gave some advice on how to find out if your child is ready to be left home alone.

That included looking at the following criteria

  • state laws
  • maturity
  • safety standards

One way to measure maturity is that they either bring it up themselves or that they are excited about the opportunity.

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How To Prepare A Child To Be Home Alone After School

Preparation is key for a child to be ready to be home alone after school.

Rules are important!

From that previously mentioned article, we learn to

  • Schedule set times for parental contact during the time spent home alone.
  • Discuss telephone ettiquette and what information is ok to share and not share.
  • Establish a code word in case there is a need to communicate with the child through a third party.
  • Discuss before hand who should be allowed in the house, and who should not be.
  • Make a list of rules. Is it ok to play with neighborhood kids or play outside? Which activities are not allowed?
  • Again, a prepared person (including a child) is someone with confidence!

Safety Rules For Kids Staying Home Alone After School

These rules are rules kids should know regardless of being home alone, or with a parent!

  • Rehearse possible situations the child might face. Rehearse what to do in case of a fire, power outage, tornado, security alarm set off.
  • Rehearse what to do if a stranger knocks on the door.
  • For an extra safety measure, install a security system. This will allow you to be notified when your child has arrived home from school and also allows you to check on them from time to time.

Kids are rehearsing for emergencies at school; why not rehearse them at home once per month as well?

How To Keep an Eye on Your Child Who Is Home Alone After School

For those among you who are excited at the prospect of being able to allow your child the freedom of being home alone after school, but are still worried, we have several options for you; all of those will ease your mind!

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

 

Meet Honeywell’s LYNX Touch Control System!

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Meet LYNX for a Picture-Perfect Connected Home

Why Honeywell?

Why Lynx Touch?

This system supports up to four cameras, which can be displayed individually or in a quad configuration on the touchscreen!

Through the touch screen, you can control security and home automation functions, and view videos on up to four cameras.

Through mobile access, you can keep an eye on your home and stay connected to your family and home whether you are across the street, or across the world!

LYNX Offers a Brilliant Full-Color Touchscreen

The screen is a brilliant full-color touch screen, making the icons clear and easy to read.

The display also features two dedicated keys for easy access to the home screen as well as emergency functions.

Check it out in the video!


On-Premise Video Viewing with LYNX

No matter where you are or what you may be doing, with this system, you can view up to four indoor or outdoor cameras right on the touchscreen or anywhere on premises on your smartphone, tablet or another WiFi-enabled device.

Lynx is a great system to keep an eye on your family as well as your property.

Think about keeping an eye on your

  • teenager
  • nanny
  • elderly parent
  • housekeeper
  • gardener
  • landscape crew
  • pool area
  • garage
  • backyard
  • game room

and so much more!

Manage your Home and Energy with LYNX

With Honeywell Lynx Touchscreen, you are in complete control of your thermostats, lights and locks!

Even when at work or on vacation, you have control all of these home functions.

  • Rent your home with Airbnb?
  • Have a housesitter?
  • Need to turn on your AC due to a sudden heatwave?

All these actions can be taken from your smartphone or Wifi-enabled tabled if you are not anywhere near your home.

For our Grand Strand area, in particular, our customers have peace of mind with these systems when a hurricane rolls in!

A long as there is power to the home, or a generator is running, or the backup battery is functioning, even those who have evacuated can ‘see’ their home!

Get Garage Door Control with LYNX

If you have multiple drivers at home or you have children who might enter and exit the garage with bicycles, it’s good to have some added protection in place.

It is easy to forget to close a garage door at night, or close it behind you when leaving, therefore having remote access to close, or open, your garage door is a wonderful feature.

Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services

With Honeywell Total Connect™ remote services you

✔️Control your security system and home automation functions from anywhere in the world

✔️View live video and receive email notifications

✔️Can keep tabs on vehicles and assets via GPS tracking

✔️Get location-based weather, traffic and news delivered right to the touchscreen

✔️Receive tornado alerts delivered to your touchscreen, based on your zip code.

Lynx Touch Provides Families with Peace of Mind

What you get is complete peace of mind!

Total, constant access to those you love and those assets you care most about.

If you would like to know more, connect with us at Strand Security and will be happy to show you all the possibilities; we are happy to show you the options that work with your lifestyle and budget.

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

What Are the Best Security Cameras for Your Home?

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Does Your Home Need Security Cameras?

We assume you want (and need) safety for your family above all else.

You have

  • locks on your door
  • locks on your windows

You do not want uninvited ‘guests’ to join you in your home unexpectedly, correct?

Besides putting locks on doors and windows to keep unwanted guest out, what else can you do?

A security system would be next on our list, and with a good security system comes security cameras.

That leaves us with the following two questions; Does your home need security cameras and if the answer is ‘yes’, what are the best security cameras for your home?

When Your Home Needs Security Cameras

Here are some reasons to have security cameras. We think some of these reasons might resonate with you.

Your home is in need of security cameras if you

  • live in a rural area
  • live in a suburban setting
  • live in the city
  • have no nearby neighbors
  • live in a high crime neighborhood
  • don’t have family nearby
  • live alone
  • travel often
  • leave the house for work every day
  • have small children
  • have teenagers
  • have elderly parents that live with you
  • have pets that are left unattended during the day

Do any of these apply to your living situation?

What Are the Best Security Cameras for Your Home?

It is tough to say what the best security cameras are for your home.

Your security alarm dealer can help you figure out what you need, but here are some parameters to work with.

All these factors what type of cameras you need and where they should possibly be installed.

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How Many Security Cameras Does Your Home Need?

The best person to ask this question to is your alarm system dealer. They have experience with this and can give you an estimated number of cameras needed to monitor your home, depending on the size, location and your needs.

The best part is that if you currently have an existing system without cameras, it is fairly easy to add cameras, and even easier to add additional cameras at a later date since you’ll be wired already.

How Can You Get The Best Security Cameras For Your Home?

Here are your steps.

  1. Write down the reasons you need cameras
  2. Research online for camera brands
  3. Set a budget
  4. Research your local security system companies
  5. Reach out to your local and locally owned alarm system dealer
  6. Have them install, monitor and maintain your alarm system and cameras
  7. Relax and know you and your loved ones are protected!

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

Myrtle Beach Crime Rate in 2019

Myrtle Beach Crime Rate

Whether you are a current Myrtle Beach or Grand Strand resident, or a soon-to-be resident, you want to feel and be safe, correct?

What is the first thing you need to know before deciding on what measures to take to keep your family and business safe?

Local Crime Rates! Indeed.

This article today is all about the Myrtle Beach crime rate and what it means for you, your family and your business.

Don’t we ALL want to SAFE?

Myrtle Beach Crime Rate 2019

Is the Myrtle Beach Crime Rate High?

If you add the keywords ‘Myrtle Beach Crime Rate’ in your Google search bar, you will find that both ‘high’ and violent’ are words associated with it.

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That is not a good sign, is it?

Upon further search, we also discovered that Myrtle Beach was listed on a ‘most dangerous cities in U.S.’ list that frankly is not very flattering to our beach!
Myrtle Beach crime statsSadly, this article which takes the top spot in the aforementioned Google search was republished by Myrtle Beach online, our local newspaper.

But what if you actually do not live in the city of Myrtle Beach?

What if you live in Socastee, or North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City or Conway or any of the surrounding areas?

Crime Stats for the Grand Strand

We asked ourselves these questions:

  • How scared should we be?
  • What do these crime stats mean?
  • What is the real crime rate in Myrtle Beach?
  • What is the crime rate for 2019?

Does it matter what the number of murders is in any given month, how many people are arrested for drugs, prostitution, vandalism or petty crimes in Myrtle Beach?

Yes, and no.

Fortunately, we have found a few good ways to put these stats and crime rates in perspective.

Read on.

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How To Stay Up To Date on Real Crime Stats in 2019

First and foremost, be informed and don’t wait for people to give you (skewed) information! Go to the source(s) and keep going back for updated info.

Here are some places we at Strand Security go to to find the latest crime rate and crime stats for the Myrtle Beach area and the Grand Strand.

Neighborhood Watch App
SpotCrime.com

AreaVibes.com
NeighborhoodScout

What these Crime Stats Mean For You, the Grand Strand Resident

As you look at the stats and keep a close eye on the crime rate, you will see that many incidences of crime happen near the tourist areas of the Grand Strand. Meaning – near Ocean Boulevard, and near hotels, tourist attractions and at construction sites. That does not mean crime doesn’t happen in neighborhoods around the Grand Strand, but a large concentration of crime happens in areas that are deemed ‘tourist’ areas.

We encourage you to be informed.

Stay up-to-date.

Follow Facebook Pages of your local police departments, local news stations and stay alert with a neighborhood watch program.

And take safety and security measures to protect those you love and cherish!

Connect with us and we can help you stay safe and secure.

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

The Most Honest Customer Reviews for Strand Security

Customer Reviews and Feedback are Invaluable

What is the first thing most people do when they need something for their home or business?

They either

  • go online to search
  • ask a friend

Whether it is a service or a product recommendation you are after, you want the honest truth, don’t you?

Today we want to share with you our customer reviews and customer feedback.

Putting it all in one place might help you make a decision about whether you’d want to work with us in the near future.

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Real Customer Reviews for Strand Security – Facebook Reviews

Let us start by going to Facebook.

We currently have 17 reviews up on our Facebook page.

Feel free to read them all; we are going to highlight a few here for easy reading.

I reached out to Strand Security after an attempted theft of my car tires and rims. Strand Security installed Arlo wireless security cameras at my home and they did a great job. The Strand Security technician was professional and thoroughly explained to me how the Arlo cameras worked. He patiently answered my questions as well. He had me check the position of the cameras to ensure they covered the area I was expecting. I feel more at peace already. Thank you Strand Security.

and

Very responsive! I really appreciate the great (and quick) service. Dealing with a local company and people who care truly gives me peace of mind. I only wish we had contacted Strand Security when we first installed our system. It would have saved a lot of stress! Glad we are with them now though – and I love our new system! Thank you Strand Security!

and

Great customer Service , very friendly and courteous, thank you for everything.

and

We switched to Strand Security at my workplace and in our home and have been very happy with the prompt service and the systems. Highly recommend them. We also saved money from ADT and now have personalized care from people who live in town that we can text or call with a question or issue.

Boom!

We love reading reviews like these – it helps us stay on the right track!

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Real Customer Reviews for Strand Security – Google Reviews

On Google, we currently have 10 reviews and we are proud of our 4.6-star rating.

For your reading pleasure, here are some of the reviews we loved receiving.

Best service hands down. No matter what time of day, or how many times I call, the owner answers and solves my problems. Not an employee, but the owner. Customer service is huge in this business and I cannot give a better recommendation than this. Switch today.

and

Professional from Start to Finish. Chuck was very helpful in helping us decide the security system that suited our needs. We are extremely satisfied with their pricing and customer service.

and

Love this company. Owner always helpful and gets back to you immediately. They cover my Hair Salon and my home security system.

Last but not least, the one-star review that blemished out 5-star rating

Not looking for any new business. Not very customer friendly. Tried to set up new business and they out right told me they were the highest on the Grand Strand. also a little nervous since they are a security company and their phone rang more than 10 time before they answered it?

You can read our response to this review here.

We Want Your Strand Security Review, Too!

We strive each and every day to be the best. Give the best. Do our best.

We are a locally-woned and locally-operated small business.

Over the years, we have supported our local community, our local charities, and local youth. We will continue to do so, with your help and support.

Go ahead and review us on Facebook and Google if you’ve worked with us.

We look forward to reading them.

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

 

Top 10 of the Most Common Home Security Issues

Home Security 101

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

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

However, that’s not the case for everyone.

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

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

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

1) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Doors

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

2) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Windows

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

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

3) Home Security Issue: Broken Locks

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

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

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

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

5) Home Security Issue: No Outdoor Lights

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

6) Home Security Issue: No Indoor Lights

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

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7) Home Security Issue: Unkempt Outdoor Space

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

8) Home Security Issue: Piled up Mail

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

9) Home Security Issue: Garbage Can Left at Curb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

For the Love and Safety of Our Customers by Strand Security!

Strand Security Myrtle Beach Alarm Systems

We Are Strand Security in Murrells Inlet

We are Strand Security.

We offer home security systems as well as commercial security systems to homeowners and business owners on the Grand Strand, both in Horry County and Georgetown County.

Since it is February, the month of LOVE, we want to take a moment to love on our customers!

Strand Security Facebook Reviews

We are thrilled that we have received some wonderful reviews and feedback on our customer service via Facebook.
Click here to check out all our reviews.

This is what some of our customers are saying about us! ❤️💙

“We switched to Strand Security at my workplace and in our home and have been very happy with the prompt service and the systems. Highly recommend them. We also saved money from ADT and now have personalized care from people who live in town that we can text or call with a question or issue.”

and

“I reached out to Strand Security after an attempted theft of my car tires and rims. Strand Security installed Arlo wireless security cameras at my home and they did a great job. The Strand Security technician was professional and thoroughly explained to me how the Arlo cameras worked. He patiently answered my questions as well. He had me check the position of the cameras to ensure they covered the area I was expecting. I feel more at peace already. Thank you Strand Security.”

and

“Very responsive! I really appreciate the great (and quick) service. Dealing with a local company and people who care truly gives me peace of mind. I only wish we had contacted Strand Security when we first installed our system. It would have saved a lot of stress! Glad we are with them now though – and I love our new system! Thank you Strand Security!”

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Strand Security Google Reviews

We’ve been fortunate to also receive Google Reviews, which helps us get found on Google by new, potential customers.

Find our Google reviews here.

Or, go ahead and read these! ❤️💙

“Best service hands down. No matter what time of day, or how many times I call, the owner answers and solves my problems. Not an employee, but the owner. Customer service is huge in this business and I cannot give a better recommendation than this. Switch today.”

and

“Professional from Start to Finish. Chuck was very helpful in helping us decide the security system that suited our needs. We are extremely satisfied with their pricing and customer service.”

and

“Love this company. Owner always helpful and gets back to you immediately. They cover my Hair Salon and my home security system.”

What We Love About Our Local Customers

Now it is our turn!

We love our customers.

You are

  • ❤️friendly
  • 💙kind to our technicians
  • ❤️responsive
  • 💙respectful of our time
  • ❤️curious and interested
  • 💙a supporter of a local business
  • ❤️amazing!

We love working with you, and if you are reading this and you are NOT a part of our Strand family yet, what are you waiting for?

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

How To Find The Best Local Alarm System Company

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Who is The Best Local Alarm System Installer?

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

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

Look for a local business who is

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

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

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Where Should You Search for the Best Local Alarm System?

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

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

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

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

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Ask Friends For Referrals for the Best Local Alarm System Company

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

Visit any

  • Neighborhood forum
  • Facebook group
  • Facebook

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

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

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

Search Online For the Best Local Alarm System Company

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

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

When In Doubt, Go Check Them Out!

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

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

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

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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