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Retail theft may have a severe impact on your business! According to The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention more than $35 million worth of product is stolen from retail stores everyday. This number is astronomical. That is why it is important to stay aware and be prepared to stop the theft from happening in the first place. Here at Strand Security we want to make sure our local Myrtle Beach and Maryland businesses know what it takes to win this battle. The following statistics will hopefully open your eyes; we believe every retail owner would want to know everything we are about to share with you.
There is no actual physical profile of a typical shoplifter. They come in all ages and genders, sizes and shapes, and all ethnicities. Shoplifters steal for many different reasons; some steal out of necessity, some out of peer pressure, desire, and some because it may be a business transaction.
Although you may not be able to pinpoint a shoplifter by their physical appearance, here are some traits and signs to look for in a potential shoplifter…
Once you understands the signs, you can now train your employee’s in general shoplifting prevention techniques.
Have your staff
It is unfortunate that when we hire people we think we can trust, that trust gets broken. Employee theft plays a large role in retail loss. The following ideas and solutions will help prevent or at least, reduce in house theft.
‘Slow down, the music’s too loud, put your seatbelt on, watch the road, don’t even think about touching your phone, pay attention!’
The list can go on and on, right?
We all wonder if what we teach our children about driving is enough. Even if we do, will they follow through with everything we taught them? The statistics for teenage driving (and the danger it produces) are staggering in this country. Strand Security wants to make sure all of our teens in Myrtle Beach are safe while on the road.
Let’s take a look at statistics and figure out why you may choose to “track your teen and stay in the driver’s seat”
The leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States is motor vehicle crashes.
● 1 in 5 teenage drivers has an accident in their first year of driving.
● Over 74,000 young people die or are injured each year by not wearing seat belts.
● Two-thirds of teen passenger deaths are in vehicles driven by other teenagers.
● Over one-third of teen fatal crashes are speed related.
● A 16 year old is 20 times more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult.
● The risk of a crash is higher with 16-19 year olds than any other age group. Drivers ages 16-19 are 3 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20. This is because teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations
● Teens that drive with other teenagers in the vehicle and the presence of male passengers increases the risky behavior (go figure!)
● Those that do not wear seatbelts. Did you know that teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use over all other age groups?
● Drivers with inexperience
● New drivers allowed to drive at night; from 2012 statistics we know that 49% of teen fatal crashes occurred between midnight and 3 AM.
So how can we prevent accidents before they happen, and make our teens safer on the roads?
Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related deaths and injuries by about half.
The above information is a useful tool to help start off with a new teen driver. However, at Strand Security we like to take it one step farther with Honeywell Total Connect™. This is a tracking service we provide that will allow you to “track your teens and stay in the driver’s seat”
Honeywell Total Connect™ allows your teen to be on the go and you to know!
Connect with us, your local Honeywell Total Connect™ dealer and we’ll get your teenager on their way, safely!
Have you ever had the hair on the back your neck stand up? Ever have that instant feeling you know something is wrong?
This is a common occurrence when people come home to find a door or window broken in. Then they notice missing items from around the house. Then they quickly exit the house hoping whoever was there is now gone.
What’s missing? Family heirlooms, great grandmother’s diamond ring, or even a child’s piggy bank.
Result: The family feels violated and angry.
Could there have been a way to prevent a burglar from breaking in? We at Strand Security want to make sure you are safe here in Myrtle Beach.
To do this, it is important to get into the mind of a burglar.
First off, they will not be walking around in a ski mask. They will most likely be scoping out your house dressed as a utility worker (cable or electric repair). Door to door salesmen can easily get an idea of the inside of your house when you answer the door for them. Or perhaps they will just post a flyer, while they look for a burglar alarm.
When burglars are looking for the right house to burglarize, they look for privacy fences and trees or shrubbery. These fences and the vegetation may prevent neighbors from seeing what is about to happen.
Speaking of vegetation, if your yard is not manicured that may mean you are not around very much.
Jewelry is a hot ticket item. Knowing an adult female is living in the house is an added bonus because there is more than likely jewels to be taken.
Dogs, they always look for dogs. Big or small, their barks can give a lot of warning.
First they will ring the doorbell to make sure no one is home, making up a bogus story if someone answers.
Next they will check all doors and windows to see if they are unlocked. If they are locked, they will check if an extra key has been hidden around the perimeter of the house.
If it comes down to it, they will break a window or use a handy-dandy crowbar to get in.
A burglar spends an average of 8 minutes in a house.
any or all of the above!
Do you have these items in your home?
(using 2010 data, the most recent data available)
If you do not have a security system yet, we strongly urge you to get it taken care of today! Start here.
This past Thursday Strand Security of Murrells Inlet and Maryland celebrated its fifth anniversary by holding an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at their new showroom.
Fully Licensed & Insured Strand Security believes in making our world safer and more secure one customer at a time. We have an unrelenting focus on providing excellent customer service, innovative products, competitive rates and a proficient service team. We know that in today’s market, it’s vital to know our customers personally and offer accessibility by making their security needs our first priority. We exceed expectations with a professional, productive team that is always ready to go above and beyond. Your Security, is Our Business when you choose Strand Security to protect your home or business.
We are proud to show off some of the pictures of our Open House.
The balloon and flowers made it festive!
We had wonderful visitors to our Open House. There we many Chamber of Commerce members!
Corina, our sales representative helped us host this event!
The moment before the ribbon was cut!
And then there was cake, lots of cake!
Your hosts, Chuck and Heather Bryant!
We all like to believe we know exactly what we would do if a fire were to occur in our home.
However, when panic sets in will you be as prepared as you once thought you were? Fires double in size every 60 seconds, so it is imperative to try to stay calm. Panic can lead to clouded judgement, which in turn can lead to chaos. The best way to keep from panicking is to be prepared.
This can be done by doing the following three things:
If you want to know more statistics on home fires, check out this source, 4052 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2014 and September 15, 2015.
We at Strand Security want to make sure the people of Myrtle Beach are safe and sound. The following will outline several tips on how to protect your family in case of a house fire.
Did you know:
Here are a few tips about smoke alarms:
● Keep your smoke alarm up to date. It is a good plan to replace all smoke alarm batteries once a year. To make it easy to remember, perhaps do them all at the same time. Also, did you know that smoke alarms have a shelf life and may not work as well over time, they lose sensitivity. It is a good idea to change your smoke alarms every 8 to 10 years but be sure to check them monthly.
● Smoke alarms need to be placed in every room on every level of the house.
● Having a smoke alarm system that is hard wired and monitored is your best protection in case of fire!
● Practice fire drills often. The more practice, the less panic.
● Do not only conduct fire drills during the day, but every once in a while conduct them at night while everyone is sleeping.
● Draw a floor plan.
● Practice your exit strategy from each room of the house. Escape ladders are important for second story homes.
● Sound your smoke alarm to begin the drill.
● Exit the house as fast as possible.
● Go to your meeting spot outside.
Other important things to remember:
● Plan two ways of escape from every room, the door or perhaps the window if necessary.
● Make sure all windows and doors are clear from obstructions and open properly.
● Stay low to the ground to avoid smoke. The smoke will be black and it will be hard for you to see.
● Always check closed doors for heat by touching the door handle before opening, if hot then place a towel under the door and use a window.
● Do not call 911 from inside the house, call outside or at a neighbor’s house. You may only have up to two minutes to get out of your house.
● Pick an outdoor meeting spot, make sure you let the fire department know everyone is out and safe.
● Once you are out, stay out. You may be lucky you got out the first time but not so lucky the second.
Knowledge and prevention!
Use caution when…
● Smoking: you can greatly reduce the risk of fire by smoking outside.
● Lighting Candles: never leave an open flame unattended, you may opt for battery operated candles instead.
● Cooking: do not leave the kitchen unattended while preparing a meal.
● Heating: space heaters need to be secured in an upright position. Make sure they can not be knocked over by pets or children.
● Electrical Malfunction: older, overused or faulty appliances may lead to a fire.
Related article: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Practice, prevention and knowledge can go along way when it comes to your safety. With the above tools you are on your way to protecting yourself and your family from a house fire.
We are having an anniversary celebration and you get to eat cake! How cool is that?
Five years ago we set out on an adventure and here we are; Strand Security in South Carolina (Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand area) and Maryland!
Where did the time go?
We set out the be the best security company around with the best customer service and the best pricing and we feel we’ve accomplished that in the five years we’ve ben in business, both in Maryland and in Myrtle Beach. However, the best is yet to come as we are constantly adding new services for our customers, we just launched our monthly newsletter and we recently joined the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce!
Here is a very special invite to our Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Open House on September 24!
We’d love to see you on September 24!
Here is a (partial) list of the things we offer:
We are very proud and excited to share with you that we at Strand Security have ‘adopted’ St. Christopher’s Children’s as our charity to support!
Please watch this video about St. Christopher’s Children’s first! It will touch your heart as it did ours!
No child should have to live without shoes, socks, a toothbrush or basic dental and healthcare! St. Christopher’s Children’s gives hope and much needed support to these shadow children of Georgetown County and we will be helping them in that mission!
Heather of Strand Security recently went and visited their resale store in Pawleys Island to get the scoop on how the St. Christopher’s Resale Shop contribute to this mission of helping the children of Georgetown County. She also wanted to know how we (and you) can help!
Watch this short video of her visit, where she meets with Kathy of St. Christopher’s Children’s.
While visiting the Resale Shop Kathy told Heather:
We are dedicated to helping children in 14 Georgetown county schools.
All money is used to buy clothes for the children.
It’s done anonymously with the help of the school nurse who will fax their needs to us.
Volunteers then go to Walmart and buy the kids new clothing!
We also have an orthodontist who provides services to children in extreme cases (20 students were helped last year)
We also help kids get eye glasses!
The store is staffed by volunteers and we have wonderful treasures.
There are many ways you can help; some are small, some are big, but please know that whatever it is you give; donations of time, money or items, a child will be helped because of it!
Here are a few ways you can get involved!
Many of us shop online for our family. Here is the easiest way to donate to St. Christopher’s! Sing up TODAY.
St. Christopher’s Children is now registered with Amazon Smile. This means that whenever you purchase anything through Amazon by clicking on this link, 1/2 percent of your purchase will be donated directly to St. Christopher’s Children. It’s a great opportunity to help St. Christopher’s Children just by shopping on Amazon.com!
Or you may click on this link to get you to their website to make a monetary donation using PayPal! Every $ counts!
We will keep you updated on our involvement with St. Christopher’s Children’s!
The Strand Security Team