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South Carolina homeowner: are you ready to choose smart home security cameras for you home? What has made you decide to invest in home security cameras? If it is for safety reasons, you are in good company! Most homeowners looking for home security cameras are doing so to protect the people they love, and the assets they invested in.
There might have been a life changing event to trigger the need for home security cameras:
Whatever life event that has made you look for smart home security camera options, you’ve come to the right place!
A Smart Home Security Camera is a camera that connects to the internet using your home wifi. This means you can watch a live camera feed, receive alerts when you’re out and about, and, with the right type of camera, record footage.
There are many brands that offer this type of camera.
This type of camera is great for everyone!
They are affordable and easy to operate. Peace is mind is one of the most common benefits that users report! Strand Security can help you set up a complete Smart Home System, or Smart Home Security Cameras to integrate with an existing system.
Monitored Home Security Cameras are part of a monitored security system which is actively monitored by a professional home security company. We use COPS Monitoring for all of our monitored clients in Horry County and Georgetown County. When the system detects an emergency: a break-in, fire, or other emergency, it notifies the security team at COPS who will contact emergency responders.
One of the ‘newest kids on the block’ is the floodlight home security camera!
This technology is great for busy two-income households and for those who live alone.
What is a ‘Doorbell Home Security Camera and how does it differ from all the other home security cameras?
Video doorbells like the RING Doorbell are doorbells that have a built-in camera to provide an initial home security video check and protect your property. Crimes like package theft, burglary or home invasions can be caught on camera in real time, or prevented. Doorbell Home Security Cameras can be either battery-powered (wireless) or hardwired into an existing doorbell.
These Doorbell cameras are connected to your Smart Phone or other mobile device, where you can receive instant activity alerts, and talk with visitors using two-way talk which is a great way to stop a criminal act in real-time, and live stream video.
We’d love to help you with your choice. Give us a call anytime.
If you are ready to take ‘the plunge’ and enter the world of smart home technology, believe us when we say we know it can be daunting. We know because we work with families, individuals and businesses like you to install smart home systems for their home and offices, too.
Here are the five steps we recommend you take when you need to find a smart home installation company.
Know what you want and what’s available. Search for the latest technology from your favorite brands and don’t forget to ask your friends what they have installed in their homes.
Next, identify what your needs are. What do you want your smart home to be able to do, what tasks do you want to automate? Not sure, again, search online and ask friends to show you their smart home systems.
Know what you are willing (and not willinging) to spend on the smart home tech components, installation and recurring cost for the system to function. Always add a bit of extra wiggle room because you might find some amazing gadget or functionality you must have to add to your system last minute! 😉
Before deciding what you want, take stock of what you have and how that has worked for you. If you currently have a security camera, a security system, a home theater or some form of alarm system, installation might just have gotten a bit easier! Consult your smart home installation company to find out what will seamlessly integrate with a new system.
Last but not least we recommend you check online, using a Google search, for both positive and negative reviews. The absence of reviews don’t mean as much as the presence of negative ones. We invite you to check out our reviews right here.
“The Crooked Hammock Brewery challenged us to design a system that was easily repeatable and incredibly intuitive while delivering innovative entertainment experiences. ” ~ Chuck Bryant
We are proud of this work our team completed at Crooked Hammock Brewery, an award-winning brewer located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.
In 2021, we were asked to install a complete smart commercial automation system for a new restaurant in North Myrtle Beach.
We are honored to have worked with this company and are thrilled that the end results are amazing!
Strand Security installed to following components at Crooked Hammock Brewery:
What can automation do for your restaurant? Automation frees up time to serve the customer, better and faster!
Automated systems are used to:
This is not the first and not the only commercial space we’ve installed URC and smart technology for. We do these types of installs everywhere on the Grand Strand in Horry County and Georgetown County!
Strand Security works with business owners and property management companies to install, support and monitor alarm systems, digital camera systems and telecommunication networks 24/7. We also provide overhead Projection, Plasma, LCD, LED displays along with AUDIO Sound Systems for restaurants and sports bars.
Commercial security systems can be customized to fit the unique security and monitoring requirements of your business. Commercial camera systems provide an affordable way to provide an additional layer of security to your monitored system. Strand Security will make camera system recommendations based on factors such as location (outdoor/indoor), lighting and environmental conditions, desired results of surveillance, and budget.
Is you have questions, please call us today!
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May 2022 started out with National Hurricane Preparedness Week! If you follow us (Strand Security) on Social Media, you’ve seen some of the posts.
We want to make sure that our blog readers are prepared as well.
FACT: The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30.
Preparation for this Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is our season here in South Carolina, should start in May! Especially during this post-pandemic time with shipping issues and delays, getting your hands on supplies might become a challenging task.
Pricing and availability of hurricane supplies are at a all-time premium.
According to NOAA, Hurricane preparedness needs to start in May. Being prepared for disaster can mean the difference between life and death.
Here are the things to start working on TODAY!
Before a storm hits, trim trees, secure loose outdoor items and store inside a garage or home, secure all doors, cover windows and move your vehicles indoors, or to another safe location.
Know what is covered, and what is not. This is of utmost importance if you live in an active hurricane zone like we do in South Carolina! First thing to do is to call your insurance agent, ak about whether you need flood insurance and get copies made of your insurance policies to add to your evacuation kit!
Whether you are brand new to the neighborhood, or you’ve lived there for decades, make a plan to check in with your neighbors. Not everyone has the funds or capability to evacuate. Make an emergency plan with your neighbors and keep in touch before, during and after the storm!
Learn where and when to evacuate! When it’s time to put a plan in motion, it’s too late to prepare! YOu will need to have all your ‘ducks in a row’ before the first named storm is headed your way! Hurricane supplies should be stocked in your home, a plan for evacuation should include a plan for your pets! (Search for pet-friendly hotels! We love the Best Western and Red Roof Inn chains as most will allow you to bring your pets. Be sure to check with each hotel about their pet policy)
Know when to evacuate and when it’s safe to stay! Evaluate your risk for all things hurricane! We highly recommend you listen to your local news stations for the most updated information about evacuation!
last but not least, this supply list should be an ongoing list! Try to get these supplies now, as it might take a while to gather all that’s needed for the next storm. We know from experience that there will be a run on
Don’t get caught without the necessary supplies to stick it out at home!
If you can stay, stay! If you are asked to evacuate or seek shelter, please listen to the local authorities!
How can you prepare your home for the next hurricane?
Come talk with us now and we will gladly help you prepare, whether this is your first ever hurricane season in South Carolina, or your 25th! We are here to offer support, advice and installation.
Smarthome technology has been around for a while!
Smarthome technology allows you, the homeowner, to automate recurring tasks in your home or office space and control electronics and appliance tied to your home.
Automations can include
That includes lighting, comfort, shades, security and high-definition audio.
In fact, let us show you what you can control!
Another way to increase your home’s intelligence is to connect everything with Z-wave!
Z-wave control can be added to just about anything electronic in your home, even devices that you would not think of as intelligent.
Z-wave has many uses. Here are some things to automate with Z-wave:
No matter how old your home is, adding Z-wave can seriously increase the intelligence of your home!
Think of Honeywell Total Connect as the brain of your home!
Smarthomes need a center of intelligence!
The brain of the home with with Honeywell Total Connect is the technology behind this product.
“Whether you are running an errand in Myrtle Beach, at work along the Grand Strand, or on summer vacation in the upstate of South Carolina or elsewhere, you will have full access to your home and/or business through our app. You will love being able to check in from anywhere, at any time! Once you have Honeywell Total Connect™, you will fall in love forever.
With the tap of a finger, our app lets you control your security system, receive push notifications, text messages and email alerts, control thermostats, lighting and locks, locate vehicles or assets — even view live video and see, hear and speak to visitors at the front door anytime, anywhere on compatible smart devices, including iPhone, Android and iPad.”
What system is right for your neighbor or friend might not be right for you. Therefore we highly recommend you come talk to us at Strand Security.
A lot depends on what systems you have installed in your home, and how ‘smart’ your home is currently! We recommend using what you already have if the technology isn’t outdated!
Come talk with us!
We are almost into the second quarter of 2022. Spring is here and we are looking ahead to what else is to come in 2022. Myrtle Beach, Horry County and Georgetown county are booming!
Houses can not be built quickly enough for the demand. Older homes are getting facelifts and updates while new homes and whole new developments are popping out of the ground like mushrooms.
Home security along, with location, is a huge factor when looking at who might be a victim of crime and criminal activity. While you can’t always just up and move your home to a new, better, more secure neighborhood, you CAN update your home with the latest trends and technology.
Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand Residents: Here are the 2022 home security trends you don’t want to miss!
Homeowners are waking up to the fact that technology is here to stay and technology is our friend – and can make our lives so much easier.
While smart homes and smart home technology isn’t new, there are a few trends to look for in 2022.
Back in 2017 we wrote about drones as part of looking ahead to future security concerns. We quote:
“New technology will enable drones to be part of your home security system – if not now, in the very near future!
In this article in Digital Trends we read about a new home security system that deploys a drone to patrol your property! Sounds like something out of a sci-fi book? Think again! The technology is here and soon most, if not all, security systems will have this capability. This article predicts
“The idea of a security camera that doesn’t fly will seem like the dark ages.”
That will be an amazing day…!“
Well – it’s here. It took only 5 years, but we now do have drones with security cameras that can be employed with smart home technology to scout your property! It’s a new trends for 2022 and an exciting one to boot!
We love love love automation – but there are so many options! Google, Apple, Ring…
What coming is more ways to link to any smart speaker and provide you with full control across multiple environments.
We predict you can expect the security of your home to be more streamlined and connected to all other smart home devices in the near future.
Mentioned above in #1, the newest trends is facial recognition with the assistance of AI, for home security. This will replace keyless entry with number pad or fingerprint and over into to facial recognition for optimal security!
This is a new service that will come into being: not just home security monitoring, but actual video monitoring services.
With regular home security monitoring, an alert goes out when an armed door or window is unlocked or opened, or when there is movement if sensors are activated.
We stay on top of the latest trends, brands and technology so you don’t have to. Come talk to us.
Another offering that we might see more of from 2022 is remote video monitoring services. This ensures potential emergencies and criminal activity can be spotted and prevented before they become a bigger problem.
If you’ve had a home security system for years, you might be curious about making your home into a smarthome. Technology has changed so much over the last few years and so much more is possible now, more than ever before!
The good news? You do not have to start from scratch. Systems and brands can communicate and work together to create a smarthome.
The best news? We have the best way, the best solution for you to get started on this project. Keep reading for the best way to effortlessly connect Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest to your home security system!
Home security systems can be added to other technology to create smarthomes.
What if you could just TELL (by voice) your home to
How amazing would that be?
That is what smarthome technology can do: your current system can be updated to link up with other systems on your home.
Google Home offers many apps to connect to.
Got a Google Home System? Connect your home security system to use voice command.
Alexa is a Amazon product.
“You can build smart home and other products that customers can control from millions of Alexa devices with just their voice. Expand your device’s capabilities with Alexa to create delightful experiences for lights, switches, thermostats, cameras, locks, and more.”
Alexa can be linked to your entertainment center and control the TV. Alexa can be linked to a microwave and used with vioce command and much, much more!
Got an Alexa system? Connect your home security system to use voice command.
New for Ring.com is an integration with home security systems. Known as the “DIY home security camera system”, Ring has branched out and can be integrated with home security systems as well as other smart systems.
Another Google product, Google Nest also lets you connect devices in your home for a fully integrated smarthome system. Their tag line?
“Build your helpful home!”
Here is the easiest way to do connect a home security system for another smarthome system, like Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest, just to name a few:
Reach out to Strand Security, or your own home security experts! They are trained to do this for a living: effortlessly and without much trouble.
If you value your own time, hear this: this is one DIY job you really don’t want! Let the professionals handle the integration. You’ll be glad you did!
☆ Are you on the fence about purchasing a home security system?
☆ Are you not 100% convinced your home needs a security system?
☆ Are you afraid of the cost associated with a home security system?
If you are, you are not alone.
Cost is one of the deciding factors for many homeowners as to whether they go with or without a home security system.
Don’t wait for until you need us because then you are too late! Quite a few new customers come to us with recent trauma of being victimized in their own home.
Today we will answer the question whether a home security system is worth investing in!
Peace of mind goes a long way, and until you’ve lost peace of mind, until you’ve lost that feeling of being safe and secure in your own home, you don’t know and can’t understand what it’s like to be a victim of a home invasion or burglary.
Victim report feeling scared, upset, victimized and are afraid to be in the one place that should make them feel safe.
Why would you want to wait to find out what that feels like?
We bet you have
all because you are thinking ahead!
Having a home security system is like having insurance for your personal and mental well-being!
No matter where you live, right here in South Carolina like we do, or elsewhere, home security systems are affordable for almost all homeowners.
Systems come in all shapes and sizes and monitoring can start for a little as $30-$50/month.
The total cost of the system installation depends on several factors like
The simplest of simple home security system is better than not having one at all, since having an activated system will deter potential criminals from coming into your home!
There are several GREAT things you get out of investing in a home security system.
Did you know what your home systems can all work together? We at Strand Security would love to help you make the most of your current system. Maybe you need new cameras? We can help!
Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security business. We live where we work, just like you.
And the answer to whether a home security system is worth investing in… is yes! If you need one more reason, consider this: if you are interested in selling your house at some point, having a fully wired and ready-to-go security system installed is a selling point!
Give us a call soon.
Happy Holiday season 2021!
It’s December and holiday music is everywhere.
and at home?!
We hope you are getting a feel for the season with beautiful holiday sounds.
We at Strand Security here in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina love getting into the holiday spirit by playing holiday music on our Sonos speakers.
We do not just sell and install Sonos, we use these speakers in our office and home daily. We just love Sonos for ourselves, and our customers.
Let’s look at the three top reason Sonos will make your holiday music sound better!
There is no comparison, at least that we’ve found. Sonos speakers offer incredible sound, and as there are an array of Sonos speakers to choose from, they offer size-defying sound in any room you install or place your speaker.
Be the sound hero of the season. Play the best music with the best-quality speaker at your next holiday party.
Enjoy a more immersive listening experience when you place speakers in different rooms around your home. Use the app to pair your speakers together in the same room on WiFi for detailed stereo separation and a wider soundstage.
If you are planning a holiday get together with friends, family or your office, enjoying music as you move from room to room is quite an amazing experience.
Using the Sonos app, enjoy an immersive listening experience!
At Strand Security, we install and service smarthome systems daily for our customers. We are able to add your new Sonos speakers to an existing home theater setup, or adding it to Zwave or URC smarthome system, too!
Why not upgrade this holiday season and add some Sonos in your home of office?
If you are looking for a smaller investment with big payout, we suggest grabbing a nice mid sized portable Sonos speaker. The engineers at Sonos have developed an amazing and unique effortless charging system and the sound will go on and on and on!
In the mood for fun? Sonos is a must-have for those who like to entertain.
Not technically inclined? We offer installation to our customers! Come and visit us in Murrells Inlet to learn more about Sonos.
Raise your virtual hand if you’ve been out shopping for gifts! Many Americans start early; they shop all throughout the year and start serious shopping as early as September.
Of course,there are those among us who wait until the last minute, or just can not find the right gift for the right person.
Have you ever considered giving a family gift? We’ve put together 7 awesome family gift ideas that work for the holidays, or any other momentous occasion (think New Baby, Adoption, Anniversary)
Here they are…
One of the best gifts you can give a family is the gift of an experience. Why not purchase a family pass to a local-to-them amusement park? In the Myrtle Beach area that means a park like Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park or one of several Waterparks. Most of these parks offer a family season pass valid for a few months or a whole year to enjoy over and over again!
If you are a grandparent, or aunt/uncle and you want to go big… consider inviting your family on a trip somewhere special. It could be a country like Mexico or Costa Rica, or a family destination like Walt Disney World. No matter what you pick, if the trip is a gift, you’ll have a blast.
PS This is one of the best gifts to give because YOU will enjoy this gift as well.
For the sport and outdoor enthusiasts, why not get a camping gear package together. Nothing says ‘family fun’ like sleeping in a tent! Don’t stop at the tent. Supply the sleeping bags, backpacks and the makings of an outdoor kitchen. Be sure the tent your purchase is big enough for the family to invite you, too! 😉
For the family that has everything, or those who have older teens, a SONOS speaker system could be a perfect gift. They often don’t want to go anywhere, but would like to host a party, or two! Give the gift of sound this season. Start by connecting with us – we don’t only sell these speakers, we install them as well.
Does your family have gadgets, but no smarthome? Zwave can connect all your tech to create a smarthome. We love this technology and we are experts in putting this together for our customers. Give us a call to see if this might be the perfect gift for a loved one.
Last but not least, go big or go home: here is a BIG idea for the family (your own maybe?) that has everything! Give the gift of their own home theater! That would include the new TV, surround sound stereo, new seating and everything in between! It’s a gift that keeps on giving, year after year.