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South Carolina homeowner: are you ready to choose smart home security cameras for you home? What has made you decide to invest in home security cameras? If it is for safety reasons, you are in good company! Most homeowners looking for home security cameras are doing so to protect the people they love, and the assets they invested in.
There might have been a life changing event to trigger the need for home security cameras:
Whatever life event that has made you look for smart home security camera options, you’ve come to the right place!
A Smart Home Security Camera is a camera that connects to the internet using your home wifi. This means you can watch a live camera feed, receive alerts when you’re out and about, and, with the right type of camera, record footage.
There are many brands that offer this type of camera.
This type of camera is great for everyone!
They are affordable and easy to operate. Peace is mind is one of the most common benefits that users report! Strand Security can help you set up a complete Smart Home System, or Smart Home Security Cameras to integrate with an existing system.
Monitored Home Security Cameras are part of a monitored security system which is actively monitored by a professional home security company. We use COPS Monitoring for all of our monitored clients in Horry County and Georgetown County. When the system detects an emergency: a break-in, fire, or other emergency, it notifies the security team at COPS who will contact emergency responders.
One of the ‘newest kids on the block’ is the floodlight home security camera!
This technology is great for busy two-income households and for those who live alone.
What is a ‘Doorbell Home Security Camera and how does it differ from all the other home security cameras?
Video doorbells like the RING Doorbell are doorbells that have a built-in camera to provide an initial home security video check and protect your property. Crimes like package theft, burglary or home invasions can be caught on camera in real time, or prevented. Doorbell Home Security Cameras can be either battery-powered (wireless) or hardwired into an existing doorbell.
These Doorbell cameras are connected to your Smart Phone or other mobile device, where you can receive instant activity alerts, and talk with visitors using two-way talk which is a great way to stop a criminal act in real-time, and live stream video.
We’d love to help you with your choice. Give us a call anytime.
If you want a home security system but you think you simply can’t afford it, think again.
Home security systems come in many sizes, options, and brands. No matter where you live or work, there is a solution for your problem: whether you own a home, a business or rent a place.
If you have family members, pets, assets or a business to protect, you’ve come to the right place. We are here to help guide our customers in Horry County and Georgetown County, South Carolina and you as well, to help you find the best pricing on home security systems.
Let’s talk how you too can get the best home security systems pricing.
Almost anyone can. Home security systems come in so many different packages, brands and pricing structures. Whether you rent or own a home, having a home security system will give you peace of mind.
The cheapest home security system is A DIY systems; one you install on your own. Ring cameras are a great place to start.
Once you own a home, and you have more assets to protect, and larger property, we suggest looking at a monitored system. We highly recommend Honeywell Total Connect and Alarm.com as two security systems that work for you and with your needs! Both are affordable systems for busy homeowners.
Anyone who has the following people and assets to protect:
Here are some tips to get your started:
Cheap isn’t always best!
What might seem affordable initially, might have additional, hidden cost later on in the buying process. When working with a Security Company, ask for transparency up front. Find out what it will cost to buy, install and monitor your system long term. Ask about replacement timing and cost, as well as upgrades.
An honest company will be happy to provide you with all the information you are asking for!
As always, we are here to inform and educate you, our most favorite customers and friends!
In South Carolina that means
Springtime is a time for renewal and outdoor activities.
Did you know that the lowest rates of motor vehicle theft… is in the springtime?
Most crimes and crimes of opportunity happen…in the summer months.
Just because there is less crime, that doesn’t mean crime stops on the Grand Strand in the spring. It just means there is less to worry about for now, and time to prepare for the summer to come. Building good habits now can help prevent future crimes.
Here are 3 things you can do today that will help you prevent springtime crime!
In spring, people spend more time outdoors. They have a tendency to leave equipment outside. Yard tools, kids toys, bicycles, tools, lawnmowers, weed eaters, blowers. We urge you to lock up personal property once you are done using it – in your garage or in a shed or barn.
If you do springtime yard work and spring cleaning, keep your doors locked while working.
We say it often: even when you are home, lock your doors behind you and activate the alarm system. Your valuables — purses, wallets and car keys — are often within reach from inside the front door for a quick run-and-dash crime. If you lock your doors, that easy steal is off the table!
Ladders left out in your yard could be used by criminals to gain access into your own home.
Keep ladders in your garage and lock up any storage unit or shed you have on your property.
If you are hiring someone to clean your windows, they might need access to the inside of your home. Always double check that all windows are still locked after a service provider has been in your home. If you are cleaning your windows on your own, do the same.
If you do any spring yard maintenance, consider how landscaping might obscure a clear view to your front door. Trim back large bushes and ornamental plants.
Do you like Daylight Saving time, or do you dread it? It’s almost that time, on Sunday, March 13 we will be ‘springing ahead’ to add an extra hour of daylight into our days!
There is a movement to do away with it all together while most western countries are still adhering to Daylight Saving Time.
Here is some history on it as found on Wikipedia
“Daylight saving time in the United States is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour when there is longer daylight during the day, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time (DST). The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the system of uniform daylight saving time throughout the US.
In the U.S., daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the time changes taking place at 2:00 a.m. local time. With a mnemonic word play referring to seasons, clocks “spring forward, fall back”—that is, in springtime the clocks are moved forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. and in fall they are moved back from 2:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Daylight saving time lasts for a total of 34 weeks (238 days) every year, about 65% of the entire year.”
More daylight and warmer weather in spring time means… more criminal activity!
You might be surprised to find out how Daylight Saving time affects crime! We were!
“In a new paper forthcoming in The Review of Economics and Statistics, we find that shifting daylight from the morning to the early evening has pretty hefty returns for public safety. When DST begins in the spring, robbery rates for the entire day fall an average of 7 percent, with a much larger 27 percent drop during the evening hour that gained some extra sunlight.
Why might this time shift matter? The timing of sunset is pretty close to the time many of us leave work, and walking to our cars or homes in the dark makes us easier targets for street criminals. We feel safer when we’re walking in the daylight, and it’s easy to imagine why light might have a deterrent effect on crime: offenders know they’re more likely to be recognized and get caught if they’re fully visible. The timing of sunset matters because our daily schedules can’t easily adapt to follow the daylight. Most people can’t leave work before 5pm, even if it would be safer to do so.”
More daylight means less darkness which in turn translates to less crime.
Most criminals do want cover of darkness to commit their crimes. The biggest exception is burglaries, which happen most often between the time of 10 AM – 2 PM, when people are not home but at work!
So what can you do in spring?
If you are the spring cleaning kind, read this.
If you are the worrying kind, here are some spring home security tips to consider implementing.
You got this!
☆ Are you on the fence about purchasing a home security system?
☆ Are you not 100% convinced your home needs a security system?
☆ Are you afraid of the cost associated with a home security system?
If you are, you are not alone.
Cost is one of the deciding factors for many homeowners as to whether they go with or without a home security system.
Don’t wait for until you need us because then you are too late! Quite a few new customers come to us with recent trauma of being victimized in their own home.
Today we will answer the question whether a home security system is worth investing in!
Peace of mind goes a long way, and until you’ve lost peace of mind, until you’ve lost that feeling of being safe and secure in your own home, you don’t know and can’t understand what it’s like to be a victim of a home invasion or burglary.
Victim report feeling scared, upset, victimized and are afraid to be in the one place that should make them feel safe.
Why would you want to wait to find out what that feels like?
We bet you have
all because you are thinking ahead!
Having a home security system is like having insurance for your personal and mental well-being!
No matter where you live, right here in South Carolina like we do, or elsewhere, home security systems are affordable for almost all homeowners.
Systems come in all shapes and sizes and monitoring can start for a little as $30-$50/month.
The total cost of the system installation depends on several factors like
The simplest of simple home security system is better than not having one at all, since having an activated system will deter potential criminals from coming into your home!
There are several GREAT things you get out of investing in a home security system.
Did you know what your home systems can all work together? We at Strand Security would love to help you make the most of your current system. Maybe you need new cameras? We can help!
Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security business. We live where we work, just like you.
And the answer to whether a home security system is worth investing in… is yes! If you need one more reason, consider this: if you are interested in selling your house at some point, having a fully wired and ready-to-go security system installed is a selling point!
Give us a call soon.
In just a few weeks, the calendar will turn to 2022.
Are you ready?
Protecting the ones you love should be your number one priority, followed by protecting your hard-earned possession. Strand Security partners with individuals, families and businesses to do just that!
Your security is our business!
As we close out 2021 with Strand Strand Security’ s last blog article in 2021, let’s look ahead to how you can get ready for the most amazing year (2022!) with our Best Home Security Tips!
Why not use it if you got it?
We continue to be surprised to find that the majority of home security system owners only activate their alarms when they are not home! Right, we mean that people will arm the system and set it to ‘away’ when they leave, but fail to arm the system when they are home.
You got? Use it!
You want to tell the world you care about your property. Tell them you care enough to landscape, trim hedges and bushes and you are aware of changes happening in your yard.
This signals to a potential burglar on a stakeout to skip your home! They do not want to meet a homeowner – burglars want to enter your home undetected and want to leave before anyone notices they are there. Install Motion-Detecting Flood Lights Around Your Home and Office
Lights deter. But leaving lights on all night is not a great option. While you could use timers to turn lights on and off, why not use motion-detecting lights to flood the doorways, windows and parking lots when people approach your building!
Crime can happen during the day. However, the cover of darkness makes sneaking in and out of a building much easier. Don’t make it easy for a criminal. use light to deter them.
We at Strand Security help our customers test their systems. We want to make sure that during an emergency situation – home fire, carbon monoxide, medical emergency, hurricane, flood etc – your system will alert the proper authorities!
Testing should be part of your standard maintenance list done on your home!
The newest, latest security camera technology is amazing. No more grainy pictures, no more guessing who is trying to break in. Clear images and wireless options, wired or wireless, there are many options and each year they get better and better with advanced technology. If you’ve not updated your cameras in a long time, come talk to us.
We’d be happy to give you a quote to upgrade your current system!
Last but not least, keep an eye on the crime stats for your neighborhood, your town, your county. Not all crimes make the paper or the news, but there are places you ca find real data on crime.
We don’t recommend you get obsessed with numbers, but a forewarned person can action to prevent certain crimes from happening. Why not be prepared?
If crime in your area is in on the rise, read this.
We are here when you need us, but we prefer to help you before you really need us aka you’ve been a victim of crime! 😉
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Strand Security. May your 2022 be filled with joy, happiness and and may you always feel safe and protected!
Thanksgiving is almost here, and while we are continue to be thankful for our health, our family, our growing business, our experienced staff, our amazing customers and the best brands we work with, we don’t express it on our blog too often!
Last November, we published ‘The latest security technology to be thankful for‘.
In another post, we talked about ‘being lucky and thanking the lucky stars’ vs ‘making smart technology and security decisions‘.
In the way-back wayback machine, we also found an earlier article featuring ‘3 reasons to be thankful for your security system‘.
Today, we are doing something different!
Almost everything we took for granted has changed during the last 21+ months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things we didn’t even think about were suddenly… gone, or impossible to do.
Places we used to visit were off limits, vacations were cancelled, friends and family members got sick, some to never recover. Our kids adapted to online learning, to socialize over Zoom, deal with isolation, loss, restrictions and fear. Homes became a safe haven to many.
As we emerge out of this pandemic, we find that we are more resilient than we thought possible, changed more than we thought we wanted to and stronger that we could have ever imagined.
This Thanksgiving, we challenge you to recognize how fortunate we are here in the USA. While we have access to healthcare and medicine, people in third world countries are not as fortunate.
We are grateful for so many things, and we certainly want you to create your own thankfulness list to share with your families. Here is ours!
Where would we be without science?
Thanks to science we are closing on on reopening the world. We are closer to travel, closer to international vacations and going back to working in offices.
Thanks to science, fewer people are getting sick and fewer people are dying of COVID-19.
Thanks to science, students have (for the most part) returned to school.
Thanks to science we have new treatments for coronavirus, new ways to keep patients alive and get them through. Science is the key to reopening the world!
In the midst of everything going on in the world, what would a world in the grip of a pandemic have looked like without technology? Isolation would have been more rampant than it has been, many more millions of employees would have been forced out of the workforce and students would have been ‘up the creek without a paddle’ so to speak!
Technology has allowed for continues, albite different education from Kindergarten all the way through college, and an asynchronous work opportunity for many employees.
Technology has keep us warm, safe, connected and alive!
More than anything else needed right now is the desire to live in a world full of love, care, and empathy. We are thankful for those around us with a positive outlook, a can-do mindset and a willingness to be a voice of kindness to all who need it.
This world needs empathy, compassion and patience. We are grateful to those who model this behavior day after day!
We wish for you to encounter this positivity wherever you may go. We wish for you to encounter helpfulness, kindness, and an outpouring of support and kindness as you navigate this new world post-COVID.
May you express your thankfulness to others, repay kindness with kindness and practice a positive mindset!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security, from our family to yours.
Did you know that during the holiday season you are much more likely to become a victim of a burglary? Longer winter nights are partly to blame, but that’s not the only reason.
The chances of becoming a burglary victim increases by an average of 72 percent in December. In winter months, the peek of burglaries happens right around Christmas and the New Year’s Eve holiday, both December holidays.
In this article, we will give you tips on how you can prevent burglaries. These tips won’t be fool proof, but can certainly reduce your risk of being victimized significantly.
Whether you live in South Carolina like ourselves and our customers, or you live in another state in the United States, these same tips can be applied.
Who doesn’t want to prevent tragedy? Who doesn’t want to prevent becoming a victim? Can we all agree that no one deserves to be burglarized?
There are steps that you, the homeowner can take to prevent being the next target.
What these steps entail is what this article is about.
Keep reading to find out what you can do now to keep your home, your business and your family safe during the 2021 holiday season.
While some burglaries happen as a result of ‘opportunity’, most burglars do research and recognisance before picking their next target.
Criminals report that they ‘case’ whole neighborhoods to find the quietest streets, the darkest homes and the most desolate corners of the neighborhoods.
They watch for several days, even weeks and notice patterns like when residents leave for work, when they return and they looks for signs of homes that are unoccupied.
If you want to prevent a burglary in your home, research your neighborhood! Drive around at night, or go for an evening walk. Look for darker areas, neighbors with broken front door light and noticed which one your neighbors have security alarm systems!
It’s also recommended to look up the crime rate in your town and your neighborhood!
Next, think like a burglar.
By looking at your own home, compared to your neighbor’s homes, what stands out, and what doesn’t? Is your home well-lit at night? Do you have floodlights on timers and sensors? Or it is your neighbors home and yours looks like a better target?
Do your neighbors have a large dog pen in their yard, or home security signage? If you were to burglarize a home on your own street… which one would you pick and why?
Next, look at how close are you to the next street, the next corner and are the streetlights functional? How busy is your street at 11 PM, at 5 AM but more importantly between 10 AM – 2 PM (which is the time most burglaries take place, despite linger night in winter!)
Keep all of these factors in mind as you make a plan to secure your home better!
Last but not least, try to break into your own home.
Weird request? Sure, but go ahead anyway without much planning: go try to get into your own home RIGHT NOW.
Did you find
Could you see
or instead, you couldn’t see your neighbors house and yard – which in turn means they can’t see yours!
By putting yourself in the shoes of a criminal, you will quickly realize how easy to might be to get into your home.
We’ve written several great articles on what you can do to secure your home!
Here are the best resources to get you to take action today.
If you live on the Grand Strand, you might have seen our ad in Sasee Magazine this past summer or this fall!
We are spreading the word of our services to homeowners new to the area, to those who want better services, and to those who want to switch and save money!
In case you missed the magazine ad, here it is.
What you are not seeing is the brands we work with here at Strand Security!
If you are looking for the latest technology, the best service, the best brands and technology, Strand Security has you covered.
Here are the best security and technology brands we recommend to our customers in 2021.
We install and service Honeywell Security Systems. Whether you live in Georgetown County or Horry County, we’ve got you covered. This is a trusted brand with many options for both home owners as well as commercial use.
When installing security cameras, we look to Dahua for a wide range of options to offer our customers! They are a one-stop-shop for all things video!
Abiding by the philosophy of “Innovation for All”, Dahua offers a wide portfolio of security-related products, ranging from IPC, NVR, HDCVI cameras, HCVR, PTZ cameras, thermal cameras, Access Control, Video Intercom, Alarms, Mobile & Traffic products, display & control, VMS and so on. Dahua products are based on an open platform that features easy integration with third party partners through a standard SDK.
Ubiquiti is a multi-application network operating system. It connects all your networks, locations and gives you “Simple IT that just works”. Ask us about ubiquiti if you are a small to medium size business owner!
Home sound systems and home theaters use Sonos speakers to bring the music to the party! We love and use Sonos right here at our office. Feel free to stop by for a demo anytime. Don’t forget: we don’t just sell Sonos speakers, we also install and service them and integrate these speakers into existing smarthome systems!
No home theater is complete without an Onkyo receiver and sound system!
From their website:
(Onkyo receivers are) affordable and versatile home theater centerpiece tailored to deliver a best-in-class entertainment experience for your movies, music, and next-gen gaming systems.
Denon home sound bars are an affordable choice for a home sound system!
No matter what Denon system you chose, be confident that Strand Security can install and service your new system for years to come.
Master the art of listening with Marantz. Marantz products include
Z-Wave is the smarthome control you need when convenience and ease-of-use is paramount!
Z-Wave is the leading wireless technology behind many of the secure, trusted brands that are working to make everyone’s home smarter and safer. With Z-Wave, smart home products can communicate with each other no matter what brand or platform they are built on using a central smart hub.
Who doesn’t remember the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial? Did you know these LifeCall commercials started running on TV in 1987?
Be honest, when we say ‘panic button’ is that the image you have? This ‘panic button’ for LIfeCall was for a medical alert system.
This same concept of ‘instant alert’ is now affordable and available to anyone, anywhere and anytime, for both personal and commercial use. Let’s look at some user stories of panic buttons and how they are NOT just for senior citizens!
After a rise in aggressive patient behavior during the Covid pandemic, a Missouri hospital took seemingly drastic steps to keep their staff safe and secure by providing panic buttons!
From the video:
After an increasing number of patients became violent at Cox Medical Center in Missouri staff members were given personal panic buttons. The buttons use a GPS tracking system so security can locate employees when they are in trouble.
You’ve seen this in movies, for sure, but did you know panic buttons at banks are standard?
Banks can hide a silent-alarm button on the side of a desk, under the teller counter or inside a safe. Some companies offer emergency buttons disguised as a key fob or a pendant. As soon as an employee flips the switch, it triggers the control panel at the alarm company. Some companies let the bank designate special buttons for particular emergencies. One button can be set to tell the company to send for paramedics rather than police, for example.
In this article about gas station safety, panic buttons are mentioned as a ‘must-have’ safety net. Often, gas station attendants work alone. Personal safety is important when a co-worker is not available as a back up.
- Make sure the panic button is within reach. There should be a panic button installed at the clerk counter in case of an emergency, such as theft or gunfire. Make sure that you know exactly where it is and that you can access it easily.
Heather of Strand Security knew the importance of panic buttons. Her husband had his own security company and she’s begged her boss (at a retail store) to install panic buttons.
He did not.
Read Heather’s story of survival when she was robbed at gunpoint. She credits a high school self-defense class as helping her survive. She also knows that if she’d had a panic button to push, she might not have had to fight for her life!
If you have already have a security system in place, and have 24/7 monitoring of your system, adding panic buttons is an easy way to add another layer of security!
Place the panic button in your bathroom or bedroom, basement or any place you want. Ask us and we ca help you chose the best spots!
We can also supply you with a portable, wearable panic button. NOTE: These will only work when your system is enabled, of course. Another reason to always arm your system!
Call us to start a conversation about panic buttons!