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The Best Option for Business and Home Security in Myrtle Beach SC

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How did you search for, and find us?

We hope you came to our website from a direct referral, maybe a friend or neighbor who had a terrific experience working with our experienced installation team. We know some our of our website visitors come to us via social media as well as Google searches.

Whichever way you found us, we are happy to have you here and would like to share with you why we believe we are your best option for Business Security, Commercial Security and Home Security Myrtle Beach SC!

25+ Years of Industry Experience, 10+ Years on the Grand Strand

How will you find the best security company to help you?

There are many ways.

  1. Some businesses will spend a lot of money on Google Ads to get your attention
  2. Other businesses will tout their fancy trucks or technology to stand out
  3. While a few will say yes to anything, instead of giving you what you really need

We at Strand Security do things differently!

We have

  1. Experience
  2. Experts
  3. Expertise

We offer

  1. Customized security systems
  2. Customized home theater installation
  3. Customized commercial security packages
  4. Customized home automation installs

Are you getting what we are saying?

We listen to you, our customer and give you what you need, not what we might want to sell.

Strand Security will give you the best system for your individual needs, for the best price and will install it with the best, well-trained staff!

Locally Owned Security Myrtle Beach SC

We are a locally owned security business in the Myrtle Beach area. We live and work on the Grand Strand just like you do. Our service area includes Horry County and Georgetown County, so no matter where you live on the Grand Strand, we’ve got you, your home and business covered.

Locally Operated Security Myrtle Beach SC

We are also a locally operated business! What does that mean? A business can be locally owned, but not locally operated. That happens when a business owner is hands-off and installs a GM (General Manager) who runs the business.

We are not that type of business! We own the business and we run the business. We are a hands-on husband-and-wife team with well-trained and capable, experienced employees.

We live here. We work here. We play here. Just like you. We are invested in our community, sports and our local charities.

How May We Serve You and Help With Security Myrtle Beach SC?

Are you building a new home?

Did you just move here?

Are you a recent victim of a crime and need peace of mind?

Do you have an older relative who needs help?

Are you parents of a teenager, ready to drive?

Would you like to receive Self Defense Training?

Do you own a business?

Are you looking for a Central Vacuum Cleaner or a Home Theater?

We offer all this, and so much more! 

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What Questions Should You Ask Your Service Provider?

Are you ready to purchase a commercial or home security system?

From a previous article, here are 9 questions to ask your service provider:

  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

Connect with Strand Security Myrtle Beach SC

If you have any questions for us, we would love to hear them. we are only ONE phone call away.

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

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Summer Vacation, Here We Go!

As we write this article, springtime is quickly taken over by summer weather, and summer activities are here to stay for the next few months in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is a great place to work and live and even if you don’t travel far to take a break, there are plenty of gorgeous places to visit on the Grand Strand.

Last year, during our 10th business anniversary, we highlighted South Carolina and the Grand Strand on grand scale! We love this community : we live and work right here alongside you, our customers.

Summer is one of the best times to ‘play’ and be out and about. But before you do, make a safety and security plan. There is no sense in going out to play only to come back to a home that’s been burglarized or vandalized!

Keeping an Eye On Your Home While On Vacation

In this recent blog article on the Strand Security blog, we gave our readers and customers 5 ways to prevent a break in while away on vacation. Preventing a crime is always better than a clean up afterwards.

A home invasion, or a burglary will bring forth all sorts of headache, least of all the feeling of your home and privacy being violated by criminals.

Take these 5 actionable tips before going away this summer!

Monitor a Home While On Vacation with a Mobile App

When you do go away this summer, due to a vacation (or an unexpected hurricane!), monitoring your home from any location will give you peace of mind.

In order to monitor your home, you will need security cameras installed – Strand Security is happy to consult with you on what type of cameras are best for your home, or business.

Wouldn’t you love to know what’s happening in-real-time in and around your home?

You can!

Get the New and Updated Honeywell Total Connect App

Total Connect 2.0 App by Honeywell

Isn’t it time to check out all you can do with the Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 App? Download it today to control and remotely manage your garage doors, thermostats, lights, locks, video doorbell, cameras, and more.

App Store

Google Play

Do you have questions about Honeywell, smarthome technology or any other integration? Our doors are always open. We will be happy to help you monitor your home from afar, or we will monitor it for you!

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

 

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Springtime Home Security Tips for Homeowners

Spring is Here!

As the south heats up, we spend a lot more time outside. When we spend more time outside, our home opens up as well and new security issues can arise as we might be a bit more careless around our home as far as security and personal safety is concerned!

Enjoy your Spring days, but don’t let your guard down.

3 Springtime Home Security and Safety Tips!

Whether you live in South Carolina, or elsewhere, take head and prevent crime and personal tragedies by taking safety and security measures before accidents and crime happen!

1 Open Doors and Windows Invite Trouble!

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Open doors and unlocked and open windows invite trouble. Criminals always look ofr easy ways in and if you don’t know this statistic, it should scare you just a bit:

Most burglaries happen between the hours of 10 AM – 2PM.

That means during the day when you least expect it and when your guard is down. Therefore, always alarm your home, even if you are home and don’t leave doors unlocked and windows open when you do leave.

2 Swimming Pools and Personal Safety

While swimming pools in the south offer relief from heat and humidity, they are a safety hazard for families with kids. Did you know that children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates?

Tips to help your family stay safe in  and around the water

  • Supervise When in or Around Water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the pool and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, be close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children.
  • Use the Buddy System. Always swim with a buddy.

Read more about pool safety here.

3 Prevent Bike Theft!

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When the weather cooperates, we tend to want to go outside and exercise. While bikes may have been locked up all winter, now that it’s springtime, these are parked either outside or in an open garage.

Bikes are an easy ‘steal’ for a criminal looking for a quick win.

Don’t want your bikes to disappear? Alarm your home and your garage, install security cameras, like the Ring camera and keep an eye on your property at all times, even when you aren’t home!

Want More Security Tips or Need Specific Questions Answered?

We’d love the opportunity to talk with you. Give us a call anytime at 843-318-6392 with your concerns and questions.

Happy Springtime!

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Don’t Be Fooled: 3 Cyber Security Tips to Prevent Crime

Don’t Be Fooled While You Cruise the Internet!

As we spend more time online, Cyber Security continues to be a threat to our security, our finances and even our personal well-being.

We can easily be fooled, and you don’t have to be a teenager of senior citizen to fall for online scams or phishing attempt. It can happen to anybody, at any time!

In today’s article, we will outline several of the most common ways criminals fool folks like you and me!

1 Social Media Business Imposters

One of the most common scams is imposters pretending to be someone they are not.

One example is when a well-known brand is running a giveaway or contest. An imposter duplicates this brand, even going as far as creating a landing page for the fake contest! Next, they start messaging the followers of the real brand, telling those followers that ‘they won’, and asking them to log in, or click a link.

Don’t fall for fake social media accounts! Don’t engage with them, click a link or give out your password.

Instead, take a good look at the account that’s messaging you:

  • are they set to public? (if it’s set to private, it’s fake)
  • do they have followers?
  • What other content are they sharing?

When in doubt, don’t click! It’s fairly easy to spot a fake once you are on the lookout and you are aware!

2 Social Media Fake Accounts

There are also plenty of people pretending to be one thing and then really not being that person. There are bots and fake accounts all over the internet.

You can spot fake personal accounts by checking the date they joined that platform, who their friends are, and if their settings are set to the point you can’t find out anything about them. If that’s the case, most likely they are hiding something

The main purpose of fake social media accounts is to get close to you to try to influence your decisions and gain access to accounts and financial information, or to reach someone else who is in your circle of friends.

Make a rule not to friend anyone you don’t know or haven’t met in real life, or anyone who has just a few friends.

If someone you’ve just met starts messaging you and you don’t like it, block them and cut ties with that person or bot immediately.

3 Phishing Attempts

A phishing attempt looks like the following: an official-looking email comes to your inbox, stating that your bank, your Facebook, your credit card… need to be reverified. That they lost information. That you need to re-enter your password, or your social security number, or you need to log in. Never, ever, ever click on email like that.

Instead, go to the source on the internet. Go to your BROWSER and log in to your bank, your credit card account or Facebook to see if there are any messages or warnings there. If not, it was a phishing attempt!

4 Online Grooming

Be aware of  those with bad intentions. While someone might seems ok, it’s easy to create false accounts and pretend to be someone you are not.

If you have teenagers and elderly parents, talk to them about the signs of online grooming by experienced criminals to get control over you, your financials and your life. They might gain access to an important accounts,  eventually blackmailing you into giving them access to everything.

It might seem that this person loves you, but in reality they are just a criminal trying to take advantage of you.

Signs to look for when suspecting online grooming happening to you or a loved one:

  • Send you lots of messages.
  • Ask you to keep your conversations secret.
  • Try to find out more.
  • Start sending you sexual messages.
  • Get you to share personal information.
  • Try to blackmail you.

5 Account Hacking

Last but not least, secure all your accounts with 2 factor authentication aka 2FA.

It’s offered to prevent hacking. Online giants such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, banks and most other financial institutions urge you to use 2FA to prevent hacking.

Set up 2FA on all accounts. Use it. Encourage others in your household to do the same.

It can save you from losing your account, money and access to important account.

Questions or Concerns?

Strand Security is here to help you! If you are worried about your Wifi security, home security or cyber safety, come to us with your questions or concerns. We have years of experience and will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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

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How To Integrate Your Home and Your Car Systems for Security and Safety

Smarthome Technology for your… Car?

Say what? Can you really integrate your car alarm system with your home security system?

Yes, now you can with Alarm.com and the latest smarthome technology. The program is called ‘Connected Car’. Learn more about it here in this article!

Connect Your Home And Car System

Why would you want to connect your home and car systems? Well, let us count the reasons!

  1. Track a vehicle’s location
  2. View engine status
  3. Analyze fuel efficiency
  4. Connect car and home on one easy-to-use-app

Real Time Car Status

Want to know what is happening with your car, in your car and where it is?

Connected Car offers customers 24/7 awareness—even when the car is parked and the engine is off—thanks to a dedicated cellular connection and backup battery. Now when your elderly parent, the babysitter or your teenager drives the car, you have the data you need for peace of mind!

Driver Safety Alerts

Next, you can monitor your car as it drives. This is great for parents with a new teenaged driver, or an elderly parent, a nanny or if you are a business owner with a fleet of cars driven by employees. You can monitor speed, mileage, location and more.

Trust us, this will be worth every penny!

The Alarm.com Mobile App Connects It All!

Connected Car allows customers to easily track their vehicle’s location, monitor its diagnostic health and receive alerts for speeding, towing and more—all from the Alarm.com mobile app.

APPLE: Download on the App store

ANDROID:Get it on Google Play

How Can You Get Connected Car from Alarm.com?

If you already have an Alarm.com system, it’s as easy as connecting with us at Strand Security. You need a car device that connects with your home system. Easy-peasy. let us know you want it and we will order and install it for you.

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Crime Happens: How To Deter a Criminal From Targeting You

Crime Happens: How To Deter a Criminal From Targeting You

Crime Happens in Myrtle Beach!

If you live in South Carolina or the Myrtle Beach area, it should come as no surprise to learn that crime happens in our area. We are a transient community with millions of tourists who flock to our shores, and golf courses. That tourist activity invites criminal activity.

Crime happens.

In this article we will give a few tips on how to deter a criminal from target you!

Take Safety and Security Precautions

If a burglar really wants to clean you out and rob you, s/he will and not much will stop them. However, more often than not, criminals will ‘case’ a house and if they see security precautions in place, they will skip you as a target and move on to the next house!

Ways to deter a criminal from targeting your home:

Ways to deter a criminal from targeting your car:

  • install a car alarm
  • lock the doors
  • park it inside your garage
  • or park it on your driveway and install motion-detecting lights.

Next, let’s talk about personal safety!

To Deter Being a Target to Criminals: Look and Act Confident

Always, always, always be aware of your surroundings. Whether you are in a parking lot, busy mall, or going for a run: know who is near you and know where you are going! Looking and acting confident is a good way to deter a criminal from choosing you as their next target.

We further recommend self-defense classes for anyone and all.

The first lesson in self-defense is awareness of your surroundings. Keep your head up, no headphones or talking on your phone while walking in busy places, and know where you are going.

Stopping a robbery or preventing one starts with awareness!

Partner Up with Neighbors and Friends

Last but not least, criminals want an easy target and prefer a lonely target.

When running, or shopping, try to team up with a neighbor or friend.

At the same time, starting a neighborhood watch program is a great way to look out for one another. Sharing information with neighbors about potential criminal activity, and letting your neighbors know when you are away can also prevent crime. Partnering up is a smart way to keep yourself safe and secure.

When Crime Does Happen

If you have an alarm system, and it’s monitored, even if a crime does happen, you have the peace of mind that help is on the way! We highly recommend a monitored system which will alert authorities, in the event you are incapacitated. This can save lives as second, minutes count when crime happens!

If you have concerns about your security or personal safety, comes talk to us. We can customize a system that works for your home, your family or your business!

We are only a phone call away.

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

 

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Home Security Trends To Watch for in 2021

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Happy 2021! While we may not all be happy where we are in this pandemic, at least we can say there seems to be a light at the end of the (long) tunnel.

The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic has affected everything we do.

How and where we

  • work
  • learn
  • shop
  • live

The housing market is booming, and so is marketing, outdoor equipment sales and home improvement, just to name a few industries!

In contrasts, the airline industry is in trouble, along with travel and restaurants.

We are seeing new trends and new technology take hold because of the changed circumstances we live in. Today, we’d like to look at 4 home security trends to look for in 2021!

1. Increased Demand for Home Security in 2021

Indeed! This trends that started in 2020 due to the Pandemic will continue far into 2021. As people spend more time at home, they want to improve their home. Increased demand for home security systems will continue far into 2021. Combine this with the increased home sales as people move out of cities to new places due to the ability to work remote and you have a ‘perfect storm’ and more people looking to connect with a local home security company!

2. Increased Demand for Home Smarthome Technology

As we all continue to spend more time at home, we want smarthome technology! Why not, right? What does this mean? Automation for daily tasks, mostly.

Connecting things like your thermostat, lights, security system, security cameras, shades and audio system so that you can automate through programming, as well as use voice commands to complete tasks. Amazing and smart!

3. Demand  for Simplicity and Integration of Smarthome Devices

While the demand for smarthome technology has increased, so has the demand for simpler ways to use and integrate these systems. As children, teenagers as well as elderly relatives are home alone more, the need to keep things simple is evident. Brands are looking to simplify technology with the end user in mind.

It has to be simple and easy to use. User-friendly apps, easy-to-read screens and technology integration for technologically challenged seniors are all ways brands are leaning into this trend.

4. Increased Demand for Health-Related Features To Combat Germs Spread

Last but not least, we continue to see an increased demand for health-related features in our home and home security systems, as well as commercial security systems. We’ve seen the need for increased voice-command features so we can be hands-free and germ-free and temperature screening solutions for businesses. As parents continue to work from home and children continue to learn at home, this demand shall continue to increase and evolve.

2021 Home Security Trends

While this is not a complete list, we are confident that these trends are on-point. Most likely we will see an increased demand in home security systems as more people are relocating. The Myrtle Beach and South Carolina Real Estate market has exploded. So many people who used to be geographically bound due to jobs, are now free to live wherever they wish. Many are choosing the Grand Strand for their new home.

We welcome you and your family!

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How to Connect With the Right Home Security Company

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Are You Looking for a Home Security Company?

When moving to a new town or state or when you purchase a new home, it might be time to find a home security company to help you navigate the security and safety concerns of your new home.

How do you go about vetting the many choices of home security companies to find the one that is right for you?

This article will give you a few tips to get you moving in the right direction. Ultimately, it’s up to you to find and connect with the best fit and the best company to protect your home and family!

Connecting with the Right Home Security Company

When it’s time to choose a home security company to install and maintain your security system, understand you should always focus more attention on customers service and brand quality, than on price.

Ultimately, just about anyone with a screwdriver can hang a security camera – but it’s the knowledge and years of experience that will tell a professional where to hang that camera and to what system to connect it, as well as diagnose system failures or service interruptions.

Connecting with the right security company means connecting with a company that is interested and invested in your community and will serve your community for years to come.

Here is how we would start a search to connect with the right home security company.

1 Research ‘Local Home Security Company’ Online

Before leaving your home, and don’t we all want to avoid that these days, start your research online. Google ‘local home security company’ and add your location if needed.

Look for websites, Google reviews, social media presence, online reviews and images.

Create a list of several local home security companies.

2 Ask For Referrals from Friends and Neighbors

Next, ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. Don’t just ask ‘Who do you use?’ but ask them questions about WHY they picked that local business and what they love about working with them. Ask them what services they’ve contracted for and how responsive that company is when an emergency arises!

3 Keep an Eye Out for Service Vehicles and Signs in your Area

Last but not least, keep an eye out for service vehicles in your neighborhood. When you take your dog for a walk, try to find signs. When you take a bike ride with your family, look for those service vehicles. take note of which ones are helping your neighbors with their home security needs!

4 Pick Up The Phone and Call

Now that you have developed a list of potential local home security companies you want to give your business to, pick up the phone and call! There is no substitute for a phone call inquiring about services!

You will know pretty quickly if you are getting what is ‘advertised’ so to speak!

Does a human answer the phone? If you got the answering service or a machine, how quickly, if at all, was your call returned? Did you get answers to your questions and a friendly human on the line? Move this company to the top of your list!

5 Prioritize Your Needs and Wishes

Once you have a top 3 of local home security companies you potentially want to work with, make a list of services you need now, and additional services they offer that you are interested in for a future project.

That could includes additional services like

Choose Locally Owned and Locally Operated!

One more point to drive home. We highly recommend asking each potential business if they are locally owned and locally operated. Supporting your local businesses in 2021 is more important than ever. 

If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, in Horry County or in Georgetown County, we invite your to give us a call!

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

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The Importance of Personal Self-Defense in 2021

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It’s a new year, a month and once again it’s National Self-Defense Awareness Month. While most of us are focussed on safety from germs and disease, it’s important to also be prepared for potential personal attacks.

Strand Security is proud to offer self defense classes through our Myrtle Beach Self Defense division.

January is not only a good time to set New Year’s resolution, but also a great time to assess risk.

A new year is a great time to do a safety and security audit!

National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

What does National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month stand for and bring awareness to?

This month is designed to bring awareness to the need to learn self-defense and the reasons why.

Questions to ask yourself include:

  • Can I defend myself in case of an attack?
  • Do I know what to do when someone approaches me in a dark parking lot?
  • Will I fight or flight?

Awareness months are designed to bring Public Service Announcements to the foreground.

As we realize that the world we live in today makes it harder for in-person instruction, we’ve collected a few videos for you to watch that share self-defense tips you could practice at home!

13 Self Defense Tips That Could Save Your Life

Here is the first video. These 13 tips are good!

The video is about 10 minutes long and the tips included are really good. Preparation is essential to survival in case of an attack.

3 Simple Self Defence Moves You Must Know

Learn how to defend yourself without getting into trouble. Use it in a way where you protect without too much injury to the perpetrator.

  1. Strike to the neck
  2. Knuckle fist
  3. Protect AND strike

Women’s Self-defense That Actually Works! (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu)

Heather of Strand Security is trained in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Check out this amazing video.

Set boundaries to protect yourself.

  • Verbal
  • Physical
  • Psychological

“In a perfect world, women wouldn’t need self-defense because men wouldn’t perpetrate these crimes — but the world is far from perfect. The Gracie Women Empowered program is a jiu-jitsu-based women’s self-defense system which addresses the 15 most common threats against women.”

How Best To Protect Yourself From Harm

The best way to protect yourself from harm is to prepare.

Read. Learn. Watch self-defense videos, take a class, raise your awareness and learn more about prevention. Decide on training and potential weapons you might want use to during an attack.

Here are the steps we recommend.

Who Needs To Learn Self-Defense?

Here are 7 types of people who should learn and know self-defense

  1. Teenagers
  2. Elderly
  3. Singles who live alone
  4. Runners and outdoor enthusiasts
  5. New drivers
  6. College student
  7. YOU!

people who need self-defense

Strand Security: Your Security – and Safety – is Our Business!

Don’t hesitate to call us in 2021 if you need help with securing your property, business or need self-defense classes. We want you be safe, feel safe and continue to do so.

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

 

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How To Protect and Secure Your Family in 2021

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Happy New Year to You and Yours!

What a crazy we year we leave behind as we move toward 2021. The year 2020 brought us a pandemic of epic proportions, and with that, homeschooling, working from home and all sorts of new ‘firsts’ we might or might not have enjoyed.

The Grand Strand saw spikes of covid-19, increased hospitalizations, hybrid school programs and the closing of many small businesses.

As we move forward to what we hope and wish to be a better year, we’d like to look back one more time at the best of the best articles from this past year to give you ways you can continue to protect and keep your family safe in 2021.

Everything You Need to Know About Ring Cameras!

Ring Cameras are an effective way to keep an eye on your home.  Did you know that Strand Security installs Ring cameras in Horry County homes as well as Georgetown County homes? Learn more by reading this blog.

Homeschooling in a Smarthome is the Smart Choice for Parents

While we are entering a new year, we aren’t out of the wood yet with this pandemic. If you are (still) struggling) with homeschooling your children, give this article a read to see if technology could possibly help you as we enter the new year.

Does Your Home Need A Security and Safety Tune Up?

Earlier this year we released an article that talked about doing an safety and security audit for your home. Why would you need these audits? Things break. Kids grow. Family dynamics change! Just like you take your car in to be inspected or serviced, your child gets a checkup at the pediatrician every year, your home security system and your safety protocol need an audit yearly!

How To Attain a Germ-Free Smarthome in the Post COVID-19 World

With so much technology available to us, it’s no wonder we are at the stage of being able to give voice commands to do just about anything in and around our home. Voice activation is a great tool for fighting germs and the spread of COVID-19, Influenza or any other virus! Learn more here.

The Best Home Security Tips for Homebound Seniors

What a sad year 2020 was for the seniors in our lives. While they were less-mobile to start, COVID-19 kept them isolated in their homes. Fortunately, technology can play a part in keeping them safe and connecting, virtually, with family and friends in their life! Read about the latest technology to keep seniors safe at home here.

Go Ahead and Take Charge with URC Total Control!

Last but not least we want to highlight URC automation! If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you! Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?

Yes! 🙌🏻

No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!) We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC! Learn more here.

Protecting Your Family in 2021

Lessons from the past can help us take charge of the future. No matter how we personallexperienceded 2020, we all have some takeaways that will help us navigate 2021.

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2021.

Contact Strand Security today

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