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How to Protect The Most Vulnerable Family Members!

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Families Come In All Shapes and Sizes!

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

You

  • love them
  • want to protect them

We are here to offer some insights and help!

Protect Vulnerable Family Members First!

Below find some of the most vulnerable family members as well as ways you can protect them and keep them safe.

Protect the Elderly in your Home!

An elderly person living in your home, or living alone, often spends time home alone.

In case of emergency, we recommend a wearable personal safety button, also called a panic button.

Grandma needs a panic button

 

School Children Coming Home After School to an Empty House

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.

New Baby? You Need a New Emergency Plan!

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!

Family Security Doesn’t Have To Cost an Arm and a Leg!

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?

Secure Your Doors as Babies Become Mobile!

As babies grow from infants to roaming toddlers, your families’ needs may change to include locks and alerts on doors, windows and pools!

Installing a home camera system is another great way to keep ‘an eye’ on roaming toddlers!

Got a New Teenaged Driver? Safety First!

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.

Track Your Teenager on the Road for Safety

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!

Teenagers Don’t Want to Talk To You!

How then, will you know they are doing their homework, chores or if they arrived home safely?

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!

Last But Not Least, Protect Your Pets!

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! ūüėČ

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Strand Security Can Help Protect The Most Vulnerable Family Members

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.

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

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Meet Hero Dog Who Saves Child Home Alone By Chasing Off A Burglar!

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Can Dogs Deter or Stop Home Invasions?

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

  • fenced yard
  • dog toys
  • water bowl
  • sign ‘Beware of Dog’
  • dog leash
  • dog house

and more!

‚ÄúDogs are a deal-breaker for me,‚ÄĚ said one inmate. ‚ÄúBig breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.‚ÄĚ

Burglars don’t want any confrontation of any kind; not with dogs, not with humans either.

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Most Home Invasions Happen During the Day

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?

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Keeping An Eye On Your Pet No Matter Where You Are!

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.

Dogs Chases Off Burglar, Saves Nine Year Old Home Alone!

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!

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At What Age Can You Leave Your Child Home Alone?

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.

Read

How to know when your child is home safe alone after school

3 ways to know if your child is ready to be left home alone

The short answer is

  • the law varies state-to-state, so know your local law
  • each child has a different maturity level
  • use a monitored security system to keep an eye on your child

We also recommend speaking with your local law enforcement if you aren’t sure and to get additional safety tips.

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

 

 

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Debunking The 3 Most Prevalent Home Security Myths

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Debunking Home Security Myths

Everyone is a security expert.¬†Sure, we all know what’s best for our home, our family, right?

Wrong!

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.

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‘Burglaries Only Happen At Night’. That’s a Myth!

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:

  1. Lock up your home, even during the day
  2. Set your alarm system each and every time you leave your home
  3. Vary your routine; don’t be too predictable

‘Burglars Ignore Security Signs’. That’s a Myth!

When asked what they look for when casing a home to rob, burglars responded with this:

  • Signs of a security system
  • Signs of dogs in the home
  • Signs of people home during the day

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!

‘Burglars Plan Where They Will Strike’. That’s a Myth!

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.

What’s Your Next Move To Secure Your Home?

Do these three things:

  1. Always lock all doors and windows
  2. Arm your system every time you leave your home
  3. Place signage near your home to deter would-be burglars

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!

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

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How To Protect Your Business and Employees from Harm

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Are You a Small Business Owner with Employees?

If you are a small business owner on the Grand Strand, in either Horry County or Georgetown County and you have employees, you know how hard it is to keep good workers around.

The Myrtle Beach area is a fairly transient area. While we have 1400+ new residents moving to the area each month, many don’t plan very well for their move to the Grand Strand. Crime is on the rise in certain areas, and robberies happen.

As a small business owner, you¬†manage your business and you manage your employees. That’s a lot of management and responsibility.

Your main job is to keep your customers happy and your employees safe from harm!

That is where we at Strand Security come in.

While we can’t really create happy customers for your business, we can help protect your business and your employees!

How To Protect a Business and Employees From Harm to the Best of Your Ability

Knowledge is power. We know you know it.

How are you putting this into practice?

Are you educating your staff on safety procedures, first aid, fire safety and more?

Or are you doing only what is required by law?

Happy employees create happy customers. Simple as that!

Let us help you create a safe and secure environment for your employees in order for them to serve your customers with a smile on their face!

Here are 7 Ways to Protect Your Business and Employees from Harm

While this is not a complete list, this is a great place to start!

1) Mandatory Safety Training

Put each new employee through safety training.
That training would include

2) Safety Rules and Regulation Signage

Once each employee has gone through safety training classes/workshops, keep this information fresh in the minds of all who’ve attended by installing safety rules and regulation signage and reminders in your place of business.

3) Update Safety Procedures Quarterly

Bring in an expert at least once per year, but preferably quarterly to update safety procedures.

A 30-minute reminder about rules and regulations goes a long way to keeping everyone safe at work! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

4) Hire Security and Safety Officers

This suggestion is good for certain industries and businesses; not everyone needs a security or safety officer on staff! However, in certain places and certain situations, this suggestion warrants a second look!

5) Install a Monitored Security System

If keeping your employees safe is your # 1 concern in your business, give them and yourself peace of mind and have a professional security company equip your place of business with a monitored security system!

6) Install Security Cameras

In addition to a monitored system, adding security cameras is an even better way to keep your employees out of harm’s way.

7) Install Panic Buttons

Last but not least, a panic button will be one of the best investments your small business can make to ensure the safety of your employees, and yourself at all times. Industries that should consider panic button include, but are not limited to

  • gas stations
  • hotels
  • retail stores
  • jewelry stores
  • liquor stores
  • restaurants
  • banks
  • pawn shops
  • and many others!

Additional Safety Training To Offer

While the following training suggestions aren’t required for most small businesses, we suggest you as the owner provide additional opportunities for your employees to learn these next skills.

Strand Security; Your Security, Our Business!

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

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3 Ways To Protect Your Business Property From a Hurricane

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Hurricane Preparations Start Now!

If you live in the southeast, you should have a hurricane emergency plan.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year and while most hurricanes are active in September and October, a hurricane could develop in the other months.

Hurricane prep for your family, home and business should start now, while the skies are blue and the sun is shining and most people are enjoying the beach.

Doesn’t matter whether you read this in June, July or August – Hurricane prep should be done weeks if not months before a named storm heads your way!

Protecting Your Business Property During a Hurricane

Besides your home and family, your business property will also need looking after during a hurricane.

What steps can you take today, to make that happen and how can you best protect your business property when a hurricane comes to the Grand Strand, or to the place where you reside?

Let’s look at 3 ways you can make an impact today, that will help you secure your business property later!

1) Create a Hurricane Prep Plan For Your Business

Much like a family emergency plan, and a hurricane preparation plan for your family, your business needs one as well.

This written plan should layout how to prepare your building for a hurricane, different scenarios depending on the severity and strength of the hurricane, who will be in charge when the hurricane hits, whom to contact after a hurricane (electric company, water company, contractor, insurance agent), your insurance paperwork and suppliers information and other important details you will need, to keep your business afloat in times of inclement weather.

  • Lists are your friend when things get hectic.
  • Lists will help you stay focused in a time of chaos.
  • Lists can keep you on track to complete all tasks.

You see, panic sets in once the local news stations merely hint at a possible storm, and supplies will be gone before you know it.

As business owners who’ve lived on the Grand Strand nearly 10 years, we’ve seen a few storms head our way and we’ve seen business owners (as well as local residents) be ill-prepared.

Don’t get caught without a plan!

2) Set Up Remote Monitoring For Your Business Property

How scary will it be if you have to evacuate and leave everything you know and love behind?

Super scary! We know first-hand.

However, there are ways you can still keep an eye on your home and business property in case of a storm when you need to hunker down or evacuate; remote monitoring!

We offer this service to monitor your business year-round to

now add

  • monitor during a hurricane

as another reason to get a remote monitoring system installed at your business property!

With this system in place, you can watch in real-time what is happening.

This monitoring becomes vital after a hurricane has come and gone as flooding and looting are two concerns that pop up afterward!

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

3) Order Hurricane Supplies Now

Last but not least, do the following as soon as you can, before any storm hits the Atlantic waters and stirs up the Grand Strand!

  • hire a contractor or handyman to cut boards for your business property windows
  • buy a generator
  • test your current alarm system
  • purchase extra batteries from your security company
  • get your hands on sandbags (Amazon is great for that!)

We’ve been through several hurricanes since moving to the Grand Strand area from Maryland and each one is as unpredictable as the next.

It’s not just the wind and rain you have to account for, but also flooding afterward!

Your Security, Our Business

Come talk to us about hurricane prep!

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

 

 

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Myrtle Beach Self Defense Offers Classes to Train Women and Young Girls

Who and What is Myrtle Beach Self Defense?

If you are a reader of our blog, you know both Chuck and Heather Bryant of Strand Security.

Did you know Heather started a non-profit called Myrtle Beach Self Defense more than three years ago?

This is the mission of MBSD:

Myrtle Beach Self-Defense equips women and teenage girls with proven exit strategies and hands-on techniques to stand their ground, defend, and fight in case of a personal attack. We aim to transform any unsuspecting target into a powerful woman to be reckoned with through teaching of prevention and awareness techniques in every class. We are driven by personal experience to spread female empowerment to women of all ages and abilities.

 

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Fall Self Defense Classes Forming Soon!

This is THE time to book a private session with Heather, or book her time for your organization, association or group! Heather will travel to your group, and teaches at your location on the Grand Strand, both in Horry County as well as Georgetown County.

As you send your daughter off to college, off to school as a new driver, or if you’ve had a life change that now finds you spending more time alone, taking a self-defense class will boost your confidence and well as awareness to potentially dangerous situations.

Did we mention yet that Heather comes to YOUR LOCATION?

She’s taught self-defense classes at

  • Coastal Carolina Univerity Campus (several sororities)
  • Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The Fun Warehouse
  • Community Centers
  • Gyms and Rec Centers
  • and more!

Featured on WBTW News 13!

We aren’t the only ones who understand the importance of self-defense for women and young girls!

WBTW News 13’s Lauren Crawford interviewed Heather for a news segment called

“Self-defense class to train women and young girls”

Watch it here:

Are You Ready to Learn Self-Defense?

We’d love to have you join a class this fall.

Connect with Heather today.

Email her at heather@strandsecurity.com, or go to the MBSD Facebook Page to message her.

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How to Know When Your Child is Safe Home Alone After School

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At What Age Can A Child Be Left Home Alone After School?

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.

  1. The LEGAL AGE a child can be left home alone after school in South Carolina is non-specific (there is no law regarding the age at which children can be left alone), however, the state has issued a non-legal guideline recommending that children younger than 8 never be left alone.
  2. The age you might want to leave your child home alone after school differs from child-to-child!

What does this mean?

It’s up to you as a parent;¬†use your common sense and available resources!

Does Your Child Ask To be Left Home Alone After School?

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

  • state laws
  • maturity
  • safety standards

One way to measure maturity is that they either bring it up themselves or that they are excited about the opportunity.

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How To Prepare A Child To Be Home Alone After School

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!

Safety Rules For Kids Staying Home Alone After School

These rules are rules kids should know regardless of being home alone, or with a parent!

  • Rehearse possible situations the child might face. Rehearse what to do in¬†case of a fire, power outage, tornado, security alarm set off.
  • Rehearse what to do if a¬†stranger knocks¬†on the door.
  • For an extra safety measure, install a¬†security system. This will allow you to be notified when your child has arrived home from school and¬†also¬†allows you to¬†check on them¬†from time to time.

Kids are rehearsing for emergencies at school; why not rehearse them at home once per month as well?

How To Keep an Eye on Your Child Who Is Home Alone After School

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!

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

 

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Join The Drive-N-Live Event at the Fun Warehouse!

What is Drive-N-Live?

Alcohol and texting; sadly these are two of the leading causes of teenage car accidents.

If you are a parent of a teen, a teacher, a grandparent, an uncle, aunt, neighbor or friend of a teenager, please read and participate! Your safety and security is our business, and that includes your teenagers.

The Drive-N-Live EVENT will demonstrate the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and technology. Participants will wear “drunk” goggles while driving go-karts on an obstacle course set up on the track at Fun Warehouse. They will also attempt to send a text while maneuvering the obstacle course, hear from speakers and more.

drive n live event at the Fun Warehouse in Myrtle Beach

As parents of three teenagers, we at Strand Security are proud to sponsor this event in Myrtle Beach!

Check out these drunk goggles. You’d be surprised how off balance you are when wearing these.

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When and Where Does The Drive-N-Live Event Take Place?

This FREE event takes place on March 20, 2019, at the Fun Warehouse which is located on Dick Pond Road in Myrtle Beach. it starts at 5:30 PM.

To sign up, register on or before March 18 by clicking here bit.ly/DriveNLive
The event is FREE to the public.

This event has been put together with the help of the following local groups and businesses.

Who Should Attend The Drive-N-Live Event on March 20?

This program is for anyone age 13 and up, however, a parent MUST be present for participants between the ages of 13-17 years old.

It will be a highly educational and hands-on program and will help in preventing casualties.

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What Can I Expect to Learn at the Drive-N-Live Event?

Glad you asked!

We happen to have a SNEAK-PEEK of the event as we were invited to the media day on March 13!

Heather of Strand Security got to take two rides in the Go Karts:

First, she was asked to drive the course wearing Drunk Goggles.

On her second turn, she was asked to try to text while driving her Go Kart.

Needless to say, both were impossible to do without hitting cones.

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Heather of Strand Security at Drive N Live

Bring your teenagers and together you can take the pledge to not drink and drive, or text and drive.

Drive N Live pledge

This program was started in 2014 by retired Police Officer Cruz.

Drive N Live Event Registration

To learn more about the event from Mr. Cruz; watch this video we shot at the media day.

To register for the Drive N Live event in March 2019, go here.

REGISTER for the FREE DRIVE-N-LIVE EVENT

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Top 10 of the Most Common Home Security Issues

Home Security 101

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!

We recommend you get a security system with monitoring, to make sure in case of an emergency, help is on the way, even if you can not make that phone call yourself!

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Today we explore the Top 10 Most Common Home Security Issues.

1) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Doors

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 Р2 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!

2) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Windows

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!

3) Home Security Issue: Broken Locks

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!

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4) Home Security Issue: Large Shrubs Close to the House

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.

5) Home Security Issue: No Outdoor Lights

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.

6) Home Security Issue: No Indoor Lights

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.

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7) Home Security Issue: Unkempt Outdoor Space

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!

8) Home Security Issue: Piled up Mail

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.

9) Home Security Issue: Garbage Can Left at Curb

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.

10) Home Security Issue: No Security Sign and No Security System

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!

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

 

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Don’t Fall For Fraud After a Natural Disaster

The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

At a time of disaster, many people will choose to give to local charities and relief efforts to help those affected. Unfortunately, disasters can also bring out the worst in people; that is when those with criminal intentions step forward or make their way to a disaster area from another state.

While the Grand Strand at-large was barely affected by the hurricane force winds of Hurricane Florence, save for power outages and a few downed trees, the aftermath of Florence has been devastating!

Historic Flooding and Evacuations in South Carolina

Two years ago when Hurricane Matthew blew through, we at the Grand Strand experienced what we, Grand Strand residents, believed to be a historic 1000-year-flood. Only two years later these flood records are smashed, one after another by Hurricane Florence floods.

As many as 21,000 people have already or might need to evacuate due to flooding!

Donate and Support; Where to Place your Money and Efforts

Keep your money local but make sure it is reaching those who need it.

If you can donate supplies, give volunteer hours, cook a meal, offer pet fostering, or can take in those displaced by the flooding, you can do that right now. There are several active Facebook groups coordinating efforts in the area.

Once the rivers have crested and water recedes, people will need continued financial support, cleaning crews, meals and supplies as they try to replace what was lost.

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Prevent Fraud; Things You Need To Know

After our rivers have crested and then recede, and life goes on for most of us, some of our local Grand Strand residents will be dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence for months, even years to come.

It is important to remember that most business owners are knowledgeable, kind and reputable. However, not everyone is, so take caution. Here are some things to keep in mind!

  1. Verify and still adhere to ‘buyer beware’. Research each charity you plan¬†to donate to, to ensure it is legitimate and that an acceptable amount of your donation is staying local.
  2. New charities specific to this disaster will emerge. If you chose to donate via this route, just like any other online portal, ensure you are using the correct web address. Fraudulent sites will pop-up; be aware!
  3. Do not fall for a high-pressure sales pitch. Reputable charities won’t disappear overnight, and they won’t demand you donate now. When in doubt, skip to the next charity.
  4. Like with any other fraud prevention strategy, beware of wire transfers and gift cards, as well as requests for your personal information/account numbers.
  5. If you have damage to your home (roof, downed trees, etc.)¬†take care to double check that the contractor you are working with is licensed, bonded, and insured. Next, ask for and get a written contract with costs, timelines, and a clear expectation for the work. Always keep receipts of everything and take ‘before & after’ photos. Never pay the full amount up front.

Be Aware!

Scammers are everywhere.

Here is the first reported local scam; someone has been reselling free sandbags to those in need.

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