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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?
Local Crime Rates! Indeed.
Don’t we ALL want to SAFE?
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.
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!
Sadly, 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?
We asked ourselves these questions:
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the first thing most people do when they need something for their home or business?
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.
Let us start by going to Facebook.
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.
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!
Great customer Service , very friendly and courteous, thank you for everything.
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.
We love reading reviews like these – it helps us stay on the right track!
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.
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.
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 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.
Go ahead and review us on Facebook and Google if you’ve worked with us.
We look forward to reading them.
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!
Today we explore the Top 10 Most Common Home Security Issues.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.”
“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.”
“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!”
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.”
“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.”
“Love this company. Owner always helpful and gets back to you immediately. They cover my Hair Salon and my home security system.”
Now it is our turn!
We love our customers.
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?
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
We only work with people we love and respect when we need service to our home or business. We assume you want the same.
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!
Next, ask for an actual referral from your friends and be specific on what you ask.
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.
It’s very easy to add a few keywords to Google to find information about your local alarm system company.
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!
If you have security cameras in and around your home, let us ask you some questions!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most backdoors cannot be seen from the street. Place a camera pointed at the backdoor to spy on possible intruders.
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.
If you have a basement, or outside stairs to a second-floor landing, you should be placing a camera pointed at those stairs.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
There are several different ways to find the best Myrtle Beach Security company to work with.
We encourage you to
and connect with several companies to compare rates & service offerings.
Support local. Get the best!
Don’t just take our word for it!
Check us out as a Top Security Blog.
Strand Security was the Gold Medal Award Winner 2018 in Myrtle Beach this year in the ‘Security’ category.
Let us know how we can serve you, too!
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!
Leaving it all “to chance” is one sure way to set yourself and your loved ones up for failure and a negative outcome.
If you’ve never been
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.
We contract with C.O.P.S Monitoring Services and this is why!
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
Whether your home is large, medium or you live in an apartment; your home can be a Smart Home too!
The same protection and security features, now linked with Amazon Alexa™ to make your home smart and interactive!
The new Honeywell Smart Home Security System starts with the purchase and installation of a camera base station.
Additional accessories to enhance the system include
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.
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.