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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.
We assume you want (and need) safety for your family above all else.
You do not want uninvited ‘guests’ to join you in your home unexpectedly, correct?
Besides putting locks on doors and windows to keep unwanted guest out, what else can you do?
A security system would be next on our list, and with a good security system comes security cameras.
Here are some reasons to have security cameras. We think some of these reasons might resonate with you.
Your home is in need of security cameras if you
Do any of these apply to your living situation?
It is tough to say what the best security cameras are for your home.
Your security alarm dealer can help you figure out what you need, but here are some parameters to work with.
All these factors what type of cameras you need and where they should possibly be installed.
The best person to ask this question to is your alarm system dealer. They have experience with this and can give you an estimated number of cameras needed to monitor your home, depending on the size, location and your needs.
The best part is that if you currently have an existing system without cameras, it is fairly easy to add cameras, and even easier to add additional cameras at a later date since you’ll be wired already.
Here are your steps.
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