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No matter where you live or work, chances are that you’ve been affected by COVID-19. “In times like these” isn’t a phrase we can use because none of us have ever seen a time like this before. We are in this together, whether we like it, or not.
Whether you are practicing social distancing, self-quarantining or have been asked to shelter in place, please know we feel anxiety, stress and worries just like you are.
Unless you’ve opened your pool early this year, or you are using power tools, staying safe at home during this Pandemic means practicing and adhering to safety protocols as usual.
This is a bit trickier. Your mental health is important to be able to function at home for the long haul of being quarantined. Make sure to use technology to connect with loved ones, pick up new hobbies and above all, eat healthily and exercise! If you have a pet, taking care of your pet’s needs or walking your dog also helps relieve stress.
It’s easy to fall into bad habits; while we can’t go out and eat, this is a great time to cook, bake and enjoy some home-made recipes. Do go to the store once per week if possible to buy fresh produce; it’s more important than ever to take in as many vitamins and minerals as possible to boost your immune system!
As far as occupying your time and entertainment goes, we have some ideas to share.
Pull out old family movies, watch long-forgotten classics or stream the latest Hulu, NetFlix, Disney or Amazon Prime shows and movies. Home theaters at a time like this can offer great relief at the end of yet another quarantined day!
As far as technology goes, the sky is the limit. Imagine it and you can do it!
We’ve seen the gamut and encourage you to ‘think outside the box’ to stay connected while distancing.
After all, we really should call it physical distancing, not social distancing!
Stay safe, healthy and connected and give us a call if you need anything.
We’ve got questions!
This holiday season more than any before, tech gadgets are on top of the list for many!
Whether your desired gadgets are designed to make your life easier, your home smarter or your business run better, I bet you are going to love them.
If you are asking for or hoping you get even just one tech gadget for Christmas this year, you want to keep on reading.
While tech gadgets should take recurring tasks and take over for you, often tech gadgets create additional stress.
This is because the receiver of the gift might not understand how it works, or even how to set it up, or how to get the most out of it.
Unless they specifically ask for this specific gadget, well-meaning relatives often forget what happens after the gift is opened.
This hilarious SNL skit shows us just how confused some people might be when receiving tech gadgets as holiday gifts they don’t know how to use.
If you’re hoping for a new speaker, new cameras, or any other tech gadget this holiday season that you want to use in your home or business, let’s talk URC.
No matter how old your home is, it can be turned into a smarthome.
No matter how tech-challenged you find yourself, your home can be turned into a smarthome.
No matter how many systems, devices and brands you have, your home can be turned into a smarthome.
All you need is URC.
URC stands for Universal Remote Control.
URC links all your systems together so that you can control all your gadgets, all your devices, all your systems with ONE central remote.
How easy is that?
The best part about URC and Strand Security; we help you by setting it up for you!
No more struggling to read instructions.
No more getting systems battling each other.
No more getting wires crossed.
The Strand Security crew is YOUR SMARTHOME crew! They have experience setting up URC and other smarthome systems.
We often get asked this question; what can my home do once it’s turned into a smarthome?
“Anything” and everything is the right answer!
We hope you will enjoy the rest of your holiday season and remember to call us if you need help linking all your gadgets!
Remember; URC and Strand Security are like PB & J.
Some families are units consistent with 1 or 2 people.
Other families have a larger unit to include several children.
Again other families have multiple generations living together to make up a family unit.
Whatever your family looks like, we are sure of two things
We are here to offer some insights and help!
Below find some of the most vulnerable family members as well as ways you can protect them and keep them safe.
An elderly person living in your home, or living alone, often spends time home alone.
Is there ever a ‘right time’ to leave your child home alone?
How do you know your child is ready to come home after school to an empty house?
We hear and know your concerns.
Anytime you have a new addition to the family, your family emergency plan should change!
You also need to update your home, to keep your new baby safe from harm as s/he grows and starts being mobile!
Every family should have the peace of mind that comes with having a security system!
We at Strand Security work with families to find a solution that works and one they can afford.
Doesn’t everyone deserve security and safety?
Teenagers enjoy the new freedom they get once they have a driver’s license. With that freedom comes new danger and dangerous situations. Keep your teenagers safe from harm. Here are some tips.
Did you know we can help you track your new teenager driver (or your elderly relative if need be!)? How about that peace of mind when they are out and about.
While protecting your teenager is great, you are also tracking that expensive car of yours, of course!
A system like Honeywell Lynx would let you know exactly that!
Security cameras and the system can send you updates in realtime as to their whereabouts and on-going activities in your home! No need to ask them what they are doing; you can just check the cameras!
While pets can help deter break-ins and chase off would-be-burglars, they are still vulnerable.
If no one is home and fire were to break out, these family members need rescuing too!
Side note: How fun is it, to see what your dog is up to while you are at work? Lots of fun! 😉
Give us a call today! We’d love to help you protect what you love most.
We do it every day for those we love, let us help those you love, too.
Burglars report that they will skip homes that display signs of a resident dog.
Signs that tell a robber that a house may have a canine occupant include
“Dogs are a deal-breaker for me,” said one inmate. “Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.”
Burglars don’t want any confrontation of any kind; not with dogs, not with humans either.
Were you aware that most burglaries happen between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM?
Guess who is often home during those hours? The dog.
Guess who is often not home during those hours? The pet owner!
If you need to leave your dog(s) home alone during the day, there is a chance s/he might need to defend the home!
How can you protect your pet in case of a home invasion when you are not home?
We recommend you supplement your pet security with a monitored, remove system with cameras!
The one that comes to mind and should work great is Honeywell Lynx!
From the article:
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, your pets as well as your property.
Check out this incredible story.
A child who was left home alone while his parents left to go pick up siblings at school, was confronted by a masked burglar.
Fortunately, the story ends well as the boy had the presence of mind to call his dog. The dog positioned herself between the boy and the burglar and thus chased him out the door after which the boy ran to a neighbors house to call his parents and the police.
What a hero dog!
If you watched the full video you noticed that at the end of the video, the TV reporter makes a point to note that the parents have not been charged with negligence, as there is no clear law as to when a child can be left home alone unattended.
We’ve written several articles on this topic, as it’s an FAQ of parents.
The short answer is
We also recommend speaking with your local law enforcement if you aren’t sure and to get additional safety tips.
If you live in South Carolina in the Myrtle Beach area, it doesn’t FEEL like fall, but when you check the calendar, it tells us it is Fall indeed!
As I write this it’s 90F and sunny, hot and humid.
No jackets or long sleeves for us, but more of what we’ve been wearing since March; shorts and t-shirts!
Whether you love it or hate it, there will be an end to this summer weather and October is a great month to get your home ready for winter.
As we get ready for cooler temperatures, homeowners should consider a few chores to get their home ready for winter.
Preparing a home for cooler weather in Fall and warmer weather in Spring is smart.
Putting off these types of chores might result in minor emergencies with regards to equipment, heating and cooling systems as well as security.
Homeowners, get your list ready!
If you have a working fireplace in your home, you should get your chimney swept every year.
A build-up of soot can cause fires.
From an earlier article we published we learn that
The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.
Today is as good as any day to make that appointment!
At some point in the next few months, you will be turning the switch on your HVAC system from ‘cooling’ to ‘heating’.
Is your system prepared?
Get an inspection and service scheduled today. Fall is a great time to get everything working right so on that first day you turn on the heat, you do not have to call and get an emergency visit from your HVAC provider.
Maintenance and periodic testing prevent emergency calls, on any system, including your home security system!
If your home has screens for summer and storm windows for winter, you’ll be changing those out this season.
When you do, do NOT forget to lock your windows back up.
Unlocked windows are a way many burglars gain access to homes!
When asked this is what convinced felons had to say:
How did you typically break into a home or apartment?
Most inmates broke in through an unlocked door or window.
Whenever you or a service provider work on your windows, always double-check that your windows have been re-locked once the task is done.
Fall is when we experience the end of daylight saving time. In 2019, that day is Sunday, November 3.
When Daylight Saving Time ends, our evenings immediately become a lot darker, a lot longer!
Fall is, therefore, a great time to review your outdoor lighting.
If it’s dark around your home, add lights on timers and/or sensors.
Nothing says ‘I am not home a lot’ and ‘Come on in’ as leaving your front and backyards full of debris.
A well-groomed yard conveys the message that a caring homeowner lives in the house! More often than not, that’s the house a burglar will skip!
In a previous article, we touched on several other tips for the homeowner.
Go out and spend some time outdoors.
Enjoy the season and use caution around your home!
Clean up, test and maintain the systems that will keep you safe when an emergency arises.
Everyone is a security expert. Sure, we all know what’s best for our home, our family, right?
We’ve been fed all sorts of lies and myths about how to keep our loved ones safe and secure.
Today, we will debunk three such lies!
Listen up, and take action if you aren’t as safe as you thought you were.
Most burglaries happen during the day.
Most burglaries happen during the hours of 10 AM – 2 PM.
That’s right! When you are away at work, running errands or busy at school, burglars are prowling your neighborhood, casing places to rob.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that bad things only happen once it gets dark!
There are simple ways to prevent you from becoming the next victim of a home robbery.
Here are three simple ways to prevent daytime robberies:
When asked what they look for when casing a home to rob, burglars responded with this:
When they see these signs, they move on to a home that is easier to get into.
Burglars do not want to ‘work’ for it. They want an easy target and no hassle. If they see home security signs, that by itself is often enough for them to move on to their next target!
Most burglars go where they see an opportunity. They do not plan their ‘route’ or their house. Sure, some burglars do case joints. But that’s it.
They go where they see windows open, no cars in the driveway, people leaving in a hurry, garbage cans or mail or packages sitting in the driveway or on the front doorstep, indicating someone is away for an extended amount of time.
Burglars will look like a normal delivery person, or a friendly would-be neighbor walking a dog on your street.
Most burglars do not wear masks or disguises and you won’t be able to know what they are up to if you’d meet them in the street. Do not give them a reason to stop at your home.
Do these three things:
Do all of these and the chance of your home being targeted by burglars will have significantly gone down!
As always, we are here to help you!
Just like your smartphone, your computer, and any other tech gadgets you may own, your security system needs upgrading too!
In this article, we will look at five reasons to upgrade your security system.
Whether you live in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand, somewhere else in South Carolina or elsewhere in the world, technology needs to be upgraded from time to time and upgrading your security system is not just a matter of convenience but a matter of your personal safety and security!
While there may be more than five reasons to upgrade your security system, we are going to look at these five most common reasons to help you decide whether to upgrade or leave it for a bit longer.
If you have a security system that was installed more than 5 years ago, it’s time to upgrade. Technology advances in the last five years make many devices and some epquipment absolete or outdated. There are newer and better cameras, systems, apps and other updates that will make your system run more smoothly.
Just like your car needs a tune-up, your security system does as well.
We aren’t saying you need to replace your system; upgrading the systems and adding some newer parts and equipment is most likely all you will need.
If you were single or married without children, or married with small children, or married and now are single, or you have babies, toddlers or teenagers – any changes to your family dynamics warrant an upgrade to your security system.
Reason being that new people might be using your system, and you are now monitoring different areas of your home.
This is a tricky one but important reason to upgrade your system.
Landlines used to be the standard way to install your security system, but criminals have learned to simply identify and cut landlines, leaving your home, and you, vulnerable.
Instead, your system should run on mobile technology on a secure and password-protected network you manage for all your computers and technology.
If you still have a system on a landline, call your security provider today and switch to a new system!
Security cameras have come a long way.
Security cameras used to be ugly, bulky and huge. In 2019, the choice is yours! Security cameras are sleek, small and hard to detect.
Adding cameras to your home or business is a smart way to monitor what goes on when you are away, from your smartphone or tablet!
Nothing like upgrading a security system right before a trip. Especially if it a long trip, or a far-away trip. Servicing and upgrading -where-needed before a trip will give you complete peace of mind while you travel.
If you get the right system installed, you will be able to monitor from afar, no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have Wifi! You could be Tahiti, Hawaii or Australia and still know and see what’s happening in your home or business from your device!
We at Strand Security can upgrade your system, whether you are a current customer, or not (yet). We’d love to help you navigate the world of security, making sure you get the right equipment, the right system and perfect security set up for years to come!
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
What does this mean?
It’s up to you as a parent; use your common sense and available resources!
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
One way to measure maturity is that they either bring it up themselves or that they are excited about the opportunity.
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!
These rules are rules kids should know regardless of being home alone, or with a parent!
Kids are rehearsing for emergencies at school; why not rehearse them at home once per month as well?
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!
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!
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!
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
and so much more!
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.
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!
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.
✔️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.
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.