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We at Strand Security are so very lucky to live near the beach! Our summer starts early and lasts… well, until we say it’s over!
The Myrtle Beach (and Grand Strand) area is a great place to play outdoors and by ‘play’ we mean play in the water, sand and more water!
Pools, beaches and rivers a-plenty and there’s not much stopping us from enjoying the outdoors with Dad besides the number of toys we have! Or is there?
If your Dad already all the fishing equipment, hunting gear and boating toys he needs, what will you get him for Father’s Day this year?
Father’s Day gifts are a great way to start your summer off with some fun new toys and experiences the whole family can enjoy! Why not give the gift of family fun – hey, if you want to buy that cologne for Dad, or that special tie, we are sure he’d appreciate that, too – to create lasting memories!
So when we start thinking about family fun and Father’s Day gifts, summer outdoor fun and family time, we come back to the same few ideas!
Our first (and best) idea this:
Did you know that SONOS wireless speakers can be placed anywhere and that by using our app Dad will be able to play all his music?
Well, if you have an outdoor living area, or a pool area, why not stream your favorite music right to where the fun is? Give Dad a SONOS speaker this year for Father’s Day.
Then plan a party and dance, swim and eat with music – it makes every experience better and memories last longer!
Our next idea is to give Dad some outdoor toys of his own – but toys that are only fun to play with if his family gets involved. So here is a list of gifts Dad would appreciate – but he’d need your help to play with.
The last Father’s Day gift idea we have is to find ‘experiences’ in your area; fun outings you just haven’t taken the time to do. Here are some ideas we found in the Myrtle Beach and South Carolina area.
Dad will appreciate and love any gift given to him. He will.
But… and there is a but!
He will remember what was given to him if it created lasting, precious memories!
Now it’s up to you to treat Dad well.
Make him breakfast in bed.
Spend some time with him.
…and promise to help him enjoy his new toys and upcoming outings!
Hopefully, you have not, and we hope no one who reads this will ever need these tips!
However, when it comes to self defense, we’d much rather have you be prepared than not! Self-defense is something that everyone (male or female) should know. It’s easy to walk around and think nothing will ever happen to you, but the sad reality is that things do happen. You can easily be caught off-guard anywhere you go, so knowing a few moves to fight off an attacker is really important.
With these simple self-defense strategies in the back of your mind, you’ll be more prepared to react quickly with control and power. BONUS – You’re much less likely to be targeted with all that confidence!
Want to know how knowing self defense saved a local Myrtle Beach woman’s life?
Summer season is upon us; summer vacations have been planned and fun trips are booked.
Maybe… you are traveling to Myrtle Beach? Maybe you live here in Myrtle Beach or on the Grand Strand?
While you are patiently waiting for the day to arrive that you can leave, burglars are also patiently waiting! They are waiting for homeowners like you to make simple mistakes that give them the opportunity to burglarize your home while you are away.
Did you know that over 2 million homes are broken into each year in the USA? Did you know that a large chunk of those home invasions happen during the summer months of June, July and August?
Here are five simple tips to keep your family, your home and your business safe and secure while you are away this summer.
Remember; don’t be a victim. Prepare!
This might be a very simple tip but you’d be surprised how many homeowners do not do this! Sometime they leave the house accessible to a cleaning crew or a petsitter and don’t want to ‘bother’ training these people on their security system. Big mistake. If you have a system, this will be your BEST BET to prevent or catch someone who has the intent to burglarize your home!
Do you have a garage back door or side door? Do you have a sliding door, a doggie door, windows on the ground floor? I bet there are many more access points to the interior of your home than you thought! Please, before you leave, secure ALL DOORS and ALL WINDOWS. It’s an easy task and should be on your ‘to-do-before-I-leave-list’ each time you leave for an extended period of time!
Do you have monthly deliveries? Do you still get the newspaper delivered? How about your mail? If you are leaving for an extended period of time and you do NOT have a house sitter or pet sitter, you need to make arrangements to STOP ALL DELIVERIES for the period you are away. Don’t order anything online the week prior to your trip either!
House sitters (and pet sitters) do more than just ‘sit’. Their presence give a potential burglar the right signals to move on and go somewhere else, because most burglars do not want to burglarize a home where someone is home; they most often target empty homes! Activity at your home from a pet sitter or house sitter will deter a potential break-in.
Smart and savvy burglars will use social media sites to ‘case’ your home and activity. Friends of friends of friends (a burglar!) can and will see your posts if your security settings aren’t closed tight. They will see you check-in to hotels, have fun on the beach, see your airport check-in and more. If you have no one at your home, we highly recommend refraining from posting anything about your trip until AFTER you’ve returned!
Now that you know how to prevent summer disasters, go have fun under the sun and call us to get a security system installed if you do not have one!
Just in case you missed it…
Strand Security made the local news (as in – we were on TV!) last Wednesday May 4, 2016 when Erin MacPherson of WPDE News 15 came out for an interview with Heather of Strand Security!
Here is the video that is posted to their website!
Heather Bryant of Strand Security was held at gunpoint but fought back, fought free and survived.
Years later, after years of therapy as she tell it in the TV interview, she is still fighting, but this time it’s YOUR LIFE she is fighting for.
Heather credits her survival to knowing a bit of martial arts and taking a self-defense class way back in high school. Lessons she’d learned a long time ago came back and helped her when she needed it most.
She now is on a mission to bring self-defense to anyone who wants to learn.
She’s teamed up with a local Myrtle Beach martial arts expert Amos Collins to bring self classes to the Grand Strand community!
The first class will take place on Saturday May 21, and sign up for the June class is already in motion as well.
Who are these self-defense classes for?
This self-defense class is for everyone, but check out 7 People In Your Life Who Need To Know Self-Defense if you THINK you don’t know anyone who could use this 3 hour self-defense seminar!
We’d love to see you along with your neighbor, friend, colleague, family, or teenager!
Sign up for the self-defense class right here!
Did we mention yet that this class is FREE for any residential or commercial customers of Strand Security?
Yes it is!
We want all of our customers to be safe and secure.
YOUR SECURITY (AND SAFETY). OUR BUSINESS!
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt uncomfortable, or scared? Someone might have been approaching you and you just weren’t sure what to do or how to handle it?
What if that happened and you were with a loved one? How about with a young child, your teenager or your aging parent?
Wouldn’t you want to protect them?
If you’ve ever flown in an airplane you know the emergency drill; in case of emergency, always put on your own oxygen mask first, before helping those sitting near you, because what good are you to anyone if you can’t breathe yourself!
The same is true for personal safety.
How can you protect your small child, your teenager, your spouse or your aging parent, if you don’t know how to take care of yourself in a hairy (and scary) situation?
We highly recommend everyone take a self-defense class at some point in their life, preferably BEFORE they are attacked!
This is personal to us; read Heather’s Story here.
So who really should be taking a self-defense class?
Here they are, along with the reasons why they are more vulnerable than other people.
Teenagers think they are invincible. They are often very self-centered and do not look around in crowds. They need to know self-defense as they start to spend more time away from their parents, coaches and the adults in their life. They are embarking one new adventures and they need to become self-reliant. Knowing some basic self-defense moves is an important step!
Elderly people are often victims of robberies in parking lots and home burglaries. Knowing self-defense moves can help someone survive and fight back when needed. Just knowing basics do’s and don’ts and a move or two will have them be more confident if ever confronted with a bad situation.
Many burglaries and attacks are premeditated. Someone living alone is an easy target for someone looking for an easy victim. Just for that reason alone, you should encourage your single friend(s) to take a basic self-defense class. Better be safe than sorry!
If you know someone who likes to run (or bike) on their own, especially early in the morning, please encourage them to take a self-defense class. Other precautions include to never run with headphones and run with a friend whenever possible.
Have you ever thought about the freedom a new driver has? We don’t mean the freedom to drive anywhere they want, but the freedom to drive anywhere they want, alone! Many new drivers venture out to the mall alone for the first time, to the movies to meet a friend, or to the grocery store. Whereas before they were driven so they would arrive in a pack of two (or three or more) a new driver is alone, often for the first time ever! Easy target…!
Sending your teenager off to college is stressful. Worrying about their safety daily can break you. Please, if you know a college student, encourage them to learn self-defense! You’ll sleep better and they will be much better off in case an attack happens.
If you’ve been busy thinking about who should be taking up self-defense, do not forget about yourself! You can not ever help someone else if you do not know how to react in case of an emergency yourself.
Learn what to do, what not to do, how to fight, how to run, how to attract attention and more.
Are you ready?
Are you in the Myrtle Beach area?
…and if you’d like a home security system installed, don’t forget to give us a call.
My name name is Heather Bryant and my husband and I own Strand Security, a residential and commercial security alarm systems company. I’m blessed to work with an amazing team and we appreciate our many loyal customers from Maryland to Hilton Head, South Carolina (and everywhere in between).
I want to share with you my very personal story about an armed robbery, in hope of bringing awareness to the importance of security and self-defense. It has taken me almost six years to get to this point – being able to tell my story without breaking down. I know it’s time to share it with you though, so that even if only ONE person can learn enough to survive an armed attack, it’s all worth it.
Approximately six years ago, I was a manager at a glass front boutique in a metropolitan city. It was a corporate-owned store. As a manager, I was responsible for my employees as we often worked in shifts, all alone in the store. I felt responsible for their safety. I approached corporate to request security cameras and a panic button for the safety of my employees and myself, but there was a lot of red tape. I even suggested that my husband’s alarm company (in Maryland at the time) would donate security cameras and an alarm system with a panic button.
Please note: I didn’t go to corporate on a whim. I requested these systems for one important reason. There had been recent armed robberies in our area, one at a jewelry store only two doors down from my boutique. I felt unsafe at work.
My requests for an alarm system, security cameras and a panic button were denied.
Then one day, shortly after 5:20 PM, a man walked in my store and put a gun to my chest, demanding money.
I explained I had to place my fingerprint on the register to actually open it. Ironically, corporate had a fancy fingerprint reader to keep track of employees, but no button to protect employees in the event of an armed robbery. The attacker thought it was a panic button. Oh, I could only wish!
It took me a while to convince him that the only way I could give him money was to put my finger on the device. He finally allowed me to place my finger on the reader. I bagged up the cash and rolled coins for my attacker. I put all the money in a carrying bag and handed it over to him.
I remember thinking ‘he’s going to leave now’ as it was still daylight.
He didn’t leave.
He told me to shut my mouth, cursed at me. He told me I was going to go back into the stock room. At this point, I pretended to go along with his crazy idea. I had no idea how to get out of this situation and only had a few seconds to think of something.
One thing that came to mind was I would rather be shot in the store where anyone walking by may see me versus back in a tiny stock room with no windows or doors, no way to escape. I was not going in that stock room with this man and his gun. Period.
I acted like I was going to open the stock room door. I knew he would have to take the gun off of my chest at that moment. As he removed the gun while I pretended to open the stockroom, I threw a wood and metal display case over his head.
He dropped to his knees.
Money scattered all over the floor.
The gun was no longer in his hand.
My attacker was now furious with me. I fought with everything I had in me. I hoped that if I could just make it to the middle of my store, someone would see us. I kept fighting for my life.
It seemed like forever but finally I made it to the middle of the store. At this point, my attacker wasn’t stopping but neither was I.
My savior was a deaf woman who peered in through the window of my store and spooked my attacker as she knocked on the glass. Turns out she’d felt the vibrations of the shelves being knocked down and the shuffle that ensued. My attacker grabbed his gun from the floor, left the money and told me he would be back for me as he ran out the door.
The police were able to gather enough evidence to make an arrest. He served time.
I know with my all heart that knowing and using self-defense helped me survive this attack. I also give thanks to God for sending the deaf woman to my aid that day.
Protect those in your care, but first things first.
• Learn to protect yourself.
• Take a self-defense class.
• Know what to do when you are attacked.
Once you know how to survive, you can help protect your loved ones.
Employers; It’s your responsibility to make sure you are doing your best to protect your employees. We at Strand Security will help you with this!
Employees; It’s your responsibility to make sure you’re doing your part; take a self-defense class.
I would be lying if I said this attack still doesn’t haunt me. I had a great therapist help me work through this. Crowds and loud noises don’t bother me as much.
I’m not afraid anymore because I refuse to live in fear. I am resolved to share my story of survival to help others survive.
I am now helping others be safe. I’m an advocate in our community for security in businesses and Strand Security has teamed up with a local martial art expert to teach a self-defense class to anyone in our community who wants to learn.
Thanks for reading.
If someone were to try to snatch your purse, what would you do?
If someone were to follow you to your car in a dark parking lot, what would you do?
If someone entered your car to carjack you, what would you do?
If someone grabbed you from behind, what would you do?
If someone were to point a gun at you, what would you do?
These are all scary scenarios, right?
Here’s the thing: You can not prevent all crime from happening, but you can prepare yourself in case an emergency situation arises. The best way to protect yourself is to educate yourself on what to do if you are attacked! There are definite do’s and don’ts and you need to know what moves can save your life!
Interested yet? We hope you are!
We are excited to offer the following opportunity to our Myrtle Beach community.
We are all about safety, security and giving back to our community. Therefore, we have partnered up with a Martial Art Expert to bring you and the Myrtle Beach community a self-defense class!
This self-defense class is completely free to anyone who is a Strand Security residential or commercial customer; we care about our customers! If you are not a customer (yet), we’d still love to have your participate; we want everyone in our Myrtle Beach community to have access to this great training if they desire to learn and have a desire to be able to protect themselves. We ask for a contribution of $39/pp if you are not our customer.
Meet Amos, your instructor.
My name is Amos Moses Collins. Health and Fitness is my passion. I am a martial arts enthusiast!
I am a 3rd° DEGREE BLACKBELT TAEKWONDO ??
I have a purple belt in Brazilian Juijitsu??
I am a Mexican style Boxing coach??
I have trained American Kickboxing?? for 15 years and instruct in kickboxing.I have also been wrestling since I was a freshman in high school, and coaching wrestling off and on over the past 15 years. I have three professional boxing fights, 13 amateur cage fights and 9 professional cage fights.
I am a certified professional and personal trainer. I have been certified in speed and agility. I have been in the Health Promotions field over 16 years. My goal and passion is to help people in every way teaching them health and fitness and self–defense instruction! I am currently employed at the Fitness Zone in Little River, I also do some contracted training at True Personal Training at Lifequest. I also do some free lance training with individuals all over the Myrtle Beach area!
I am truly interested in helping all of us be more safe in today’s society. Out of all the training I do my favorite is the TAEKWONDO?? training I do with kids. I teach at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center. My goals in life is to live a happy healthy violence free life! I have achieved this through martial arts training and will be a true martial artist for LIFE! I look forward to meeting all of you very soon!
You are in for a treat when you meet Amos during this self-defense class; you’ll be learning from the best!
You may email us with questions, or sign up using this link!
So grab a friend, mark your calendar, sign up and plan to come join us for this self-defense class!
Do you have a daughter of son who just got a driver’s license? Sign them up!
Do you have a teen going off to college? They need this class!
Do you worry about your relative living alone? Bring them!
Chuck and Heather Bryant
There is a new way to listen to your favorite songs on your Sonos sound system! Sonos has the competitive edge with Apple Music! At least 6.5 million people use it and now with Apple Music integration, you will have more options for music. What better way to listen to that music than on your Sonos multi-room audio system!
We at Strand Security have introduced Sonos to you before. We have also invited you to come experience the audio system first hand in our state of the art showroom. Now, if you have missed out on our introduction in the past, we are going to review Sonos again. Because this product is the best, we can’t help it. 😉
Sonos are powered speakers that can stream music anywhere in your house. The speakers can be located in as many different zones in the house as you want, and can play the same music across all zones, or different music in different zones. How cool it that. Many business owners use Sonos speakers in their establishments such as restaurants and retail stores!
Sonos makes a variety of sizes that can compliment any area you prefer.
The speakers are wireless and transport clear and polished HiFi sound.
The speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services, which now includes Apple music!
You can use the Sonos app on your PC, tablet or smartphone to control the music. The Sonos app allows you to explore, play, and control music, to your preference!
Sonos has the most diverse speakers and is the most sophisticated music streaming system.
Visit Strand Security of Myrtle Beach to get a live look at how Sonos works.
Now that we have reintroduced Sonos, lets discuss Apple music…
Apple Music is a new streaming music service. Instead of downloading music, you can now stream music with Apple. Similar to competitors like Pandora, you’ve heard of them, right?
Some might have been worried that they would have to change out their Sonos speakers for some Apple friendly audio streaming systems. But, no worries now! By the end of 2015 Sonos devices started streaming and playing Apple Music.
“For Apple Music Members, the collection you own and love is just the beginning. Now you can also listen to the tens of millions of tracks in the Apple Music library. Our dedicated team of experts is here to help you find new music to love. Enjoy recommendations handpicked just for you or explore everything they find that’s new and noteworthy in the world of music. It’s all yours.”
For more information on Apple Music, click here.
For help setting up Apple Music, use the following steps…
Now that you can stream the best songs with Apple Music on your Sonos speakers, why not show off a little! With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, your sound system would help you throw the tailgate party of the century!
What better season for the gift of giving? Strand Security loves Myrtle Beach, the Grand Strand and our friend in Maryland! That is why we want to give back and help keep our community safe!
We will pick the winners by your nominations.
To nominate someone that is deserving of a free security alarm system, click the nominate button!
You can nominate one person for the give away, or ten! Let us know why your person deserves a system, how you know your nominee, and how to contact you if you nominee wins.
Nominations will be accepted for residents of Maryland, as well as Horry and Georgetown Counties in SC.
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads,
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap-
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.”
We all know how this favorite Christmas poem ends. But what if you arose to such a clatter and instead of our beloved Santa, it was a burglar wanting to take your gifts while breaking in with a ladder.
Crimes such as burglaries and theft rise as a result of people’s increased financial needs during the holidays. Nearly 400,000 burglaries happen in the U.S. during the months of November and December, according to the FBI. Motives related to thefts in terms of financial need may be a result of wanting to be able to provide gifts and food for their family during the holiday season.
Strand Security would like to provide you with a few key points on protecting your house during the holidays.
No one wants to come home to find their home turned upside down and their valuable possessions missing. Even if you live in a community with a fairly low crime rate, there will always be a chance that burglars may hit your neighborhood and hit your home.
According to Neighborhoodscout’s, Myrtle Beach is ranked 12th on a list of 100 of the the most dangerous cities in the United States. To look at the statistics, click here to compare violent crimes and property crimes in Myrtle Beach with the rest of South Carolina.
At Strand Security we want our community safe and that means we want you, our blog readers and our Facebook Fans and our customers to be safe! That is why we are going to give you the breakdown on break-ins. The following will discuss burglary statistics, who the typical burglar is, when and how break- ins occur, why homes are targeted, and what burglars are looking for.
The typical burglar may not exactly look like the boogie man. They may look like a salesman, a utility worker, or maybe someone you might invite in for tea. Lets take a look at the typical burglar…
Burglars are looking for items that can easily be transferred into cash. The money is often used to support their drug habit.
If you are part of the 17% of homeowners who do have an alarm system installed, kudos to you! If not, give us a call today!