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How Crime Rates Spike In Summer and What to Do To Prevent Becoming a Victim

South Carolina Summer is Nearly Here!

Summer brings:

  • swimming
  • boating
  • surfing
  • hiking
  • fishing

and an uptick in violent crime.

Yes, you read that right.

In summer months, crime rates go up!

Most of our readers live and work in either Horry County or Georgetown County – just like we, owners at Strand Security, do – and this all makes sense

 

Summer Crime Rates

More Daylight. Warmer Weather. Opportunity for Crime Rises.

While you would think that winter and darkness invite more crime, it’s the exact opposite.

Most home invasions happen between the hours of 10 AM -2 PM anyway!

As people spend more time outdoors, they are exposed to more people and thus crime rates can go up, especially in places where petty theft opportunities start (beach, boat docks, outdoor restaurants, tourist shopping strips etc.)

As far a summer crime spikes, here are the three most common reasons!

1

When looking at when violence was significantly higher, it turns out that during the summer crimes rates spike, compared to winter, spring and fall seasons.

Unfortunately, that includes crimes like rape and sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. Among adults, simple assault is also more common in summer than in other months.

How to prevent this from happening to you?

  • Go out in groups
  • Have a plan, know where you are headed!
  • Be aware of where you go and where you park
  • Don’t wear expensive watches or jewelry, or flaunt them if your do
  • Don’t bring wallets or purses to the beach and leave them unattended
  • Share your location with friends and family when going on vacation
  • While running or walking, don’t wear earbuds or headphones

You can not prevent all crime, but you can be vigilant about preventing crime. Most criminals go for unsuspecting victims and look for opportunities: they are not looking to confront hyper-aware people!

2

As the summer season heats up, so do property crimes. More tourists on the Grand Strand means more vehicles, more people and more possessions! Household burglary rates go up in summer as more vacation homes are now occupied!

Burglary is 11% more common in the summer than in the winter and for our area in South Carolina that makes total sense. Homes that are empty in winter, now have people with electronic equipment, computers, expensive phones, bikes, boats and surf boards, just to name some property that is easily stolen!

If you are vacationing on the Grand Strand, or have ‘toys’ like boats, bikes and surfboards, make sure to lock them up when you are not around! Crime of opportunity is always there, but with extended daylight hours, there is more time for criminals to steal!

3

Next, let’s address beach crime. With over 60 miles of beachfront on the Grand Strand, beach crime rates increase drastically in summer months, as more people come to Myrtle Beach to vacation. While it’s tempting to bring ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ to the beach, especially if you have a large family, let us recommend you leave valuables at home, or in a safe at your vacation rental!

Beach crimes are an equal opportunity crime! No matter who you are, if you leave your things on the beach unattended you run the risk of getting your things stolen. Chairs, shoes but also surf boards, wallets, purses and phones!

TO be safe, always leave someone at your beach station to watch over your things, or leave all valuables behind. Don’t assume that those around you will speak up when someone will try to walk off with your property. Most beach-goers don’t and won’t as they might not see it, or not know whether to intervene, or not.

Preventing petty beach crime is as easy as not bringing anything of value with you for a day of fun!

4

As mentioned in #2, the nicer weather brings us outside with our outdoor toys. Boats, surf boards but also motercycles, bicycles, basketball hoops, eBikes, sports equipment, tools and surround sound home systems. Yes, your nice new Sonos speaker could be stolen as well.

The first line of defense is a home security system with both indoor and outdoor cameras, the second line of defense is locking thing up when not in use! We know this is easier said than done because… kids! Right? We know kids leave bikes out, toys out and forget to put them back inside.

A home security system, a security sign, visible security cameras – these deterrents all help prevent crime of opportunity!

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Don’t become a Summer Crime Statistic!

Prevention, prevention, prevention.

Now that you’ve read this blog, be aware. Share with your family. Make a plan. We encourage you to have fun, but also choose your activities wisely and always lock up expensive toys and sports equipment as well as all your tech!

If you need help, give us a call! Stay safe and have a wonderful summer.

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

 

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URC Smart Commercial Automation for Crooked Hammock Brewery in North Myrtle Beach

Strand Security Got the Tap from Crooked Hammock Brewery!

“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.

URC Smart Commercial Automation in North Myrtle Beach

Crooked Hammock Brewery

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!

North Myrtle Beach Crooked Hammock Brewery Smart Commercial Automation

The Specs of this Project URC Smart Commercial Automation Project in North Myrtle Beach!

Strand Security installed to following components at Crooked Hammock Brewery:

    1. Base Stations such as URC’s MRX-15
    2. URC High Definition Audio (HDA) amps including the HDA-8100 and HDA-4100
    3. Architectural speakers and Sonos plus TV audio sources
    4. User interface devices such as the TKP-9600 touchscreen
    5. Networking accessories including the HDA-SW5 and MXR-4IR

Commercial Automation Allows for Creating Beer, Food and Good times for Guests

What can automation do for your restaurant? Automation frees up time to serve the customer, better and faster!

Automated systems are used to:

  • automate audio and video systems for guests
  • showcase brewing practice, dining and the coastal experience
  • unify control and automation across locations
  • eliminate simple tasks through automation
  • monitor and control from afar

Strand Security Is THE Choice for Smart Commercial Automation on the Grand Strand!

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!

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

The full write up can be read here:

https://www.cepro.com/projects/integrator-strand-security-urc-crooked-hammock-brewery/

 

 

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New to South Carolina? Get Prepared for Hurricane Season Now!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week

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.

Get prepared for Hurricane Season in South Carolina

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.

  • Need a generator? You better start looking!
  • Need wood to board up your windows, better start saving money!

Pricing and availability of hurricane supplies are at a all-time premium.

Prepare Now. Be Safe When The Big Storm Hits!

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!

Hurricane Prep - Strengthen your home

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.

Hurricane Prep - Check your Insurance

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!

Hurricane Prep - Help your neighbors

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!

Hurricane Prep - Create an Evacuation Plan

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)

Hurricane Prep - Determine your Risk

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!

Hurricane Prep - Assemble Supplies

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

  • gas
  • generators’
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • cash
  • bread
  • milk
  • cleaning supplies
  • plywood
  • chainsaws
  • snacks
  • and many other supplies!

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!

Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane With Smarthome Solutions

How can you prepare your home for the next hurricane?

Smarthome solutions like security cameras, remote locks, thermostats settings, water sensors and more can help you monitor what’s going on at home, even if you have to evacuate!

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.

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

 

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The 3 Most Useful Video Surveillance Tips for Business Owners

Business Owners Need Protection, Security and Safety!

Meet Nuvico

Strand Security is proud to partner with Nuvico when clients need video surveillance equipment to protect their business.

Nuvico branded video surveillance equipment is ideal for any surveillance project and is regularly installed in the following markets :

  • restaurants
  • fast food chains
  • gas stations
  • supermarkets
  • hospitals
  • public transportation
  • retails stores / shopping malls
  • schools
  • hotels
  • apartment buildings
  • dental and medical offices
  • boats / marine
  • car dealerships
  • casinos
  • bars and restaurants
  • distribution warehouses
  • manufacturing facilities
  • critical infrastructure
  • government facilities
  • property management
  • offices
  • parks and highways

Nuvico Installation in South Carolina

here on the Grand Strand we have many hotels, marinas, medical offices, stores, malls, restaurants, gas stations, car dealerships and offices, just to name some of the local business facilities in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas.

Strand Security is an official Nuvico dealer and installer of surveillance systems.

The 3 Most Useful Video Surveillance Tips for Business Owners

Here are 3 of the Most Useful Video Surveillance Tips for Business Owners

We know you want reasons to install security cameras and surveillance camera systems. In a previous article, we gave you “3 Ways Video Surveillance Can Help Control Large Facilities and Businesses”. Next up are 3 tips for business owners!

1) Stick with Trusted Brands and Professional Installation

Strand Security only works with the most trusted brands in the industry. We constantly make sure that whatever we install in your home or business, is equipment we stand behind and is equipment we want to install and use for ourselves and our families!

As far as professional installation, we advise you on the best

  • strategic placement of any and all cameras
  • products for your business
  • and what you need! We never sell you anything you don’t need to stay relevant and protected!

2) Utilize the Cloud to Store Surveillance Video Footage

Our second tip for business owners who have surveillance cameras is to make sure your video footage is backing up to the cloud!

you are going to want remote access and continued access, storage, so make sure the Cloud is where the video footages goes. We can help you set up your storage if you aren’t sure where your video footage is currently being stored!

3) Secure your Surveillance System from Hackers

Last but not least, this tip is included because many security camera systems and surveillance systems are vulnerable to random attacks by hackers who want to gain access to your footage with intend for criminal activity!

Secure your system from hackers by doing any and all of the following:

  • Updating the system password often.
  • Securing your business network.
  • Refraining from connecting your system and your cameras to a public network: use your own, secured network instead.
  • Choosing surveillance cameras with encrypted signals.

Ready to Work with Strand Security to Install a Surveillance System?

Give us a call today! We are ready to serve you.

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

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3 Ways Video Surveillance Can Help Control Large Facilities and Businesses

Meet Pelco.com, VideoXpert Video Management Platform

If you are an owner at a large facility or business, or in charge of the maintenance or management of a large facility, check out one of the newest brands we at Strand Security work with!

Pelco video surveillance is great for larger facilities like

  • schools
  • universities
  • prisons
  • hospitals
  • laboratories
  • restaurants
  • office buildings
  • industrial buildings

What Pelco Can Do For You in 2022!

A new era of video security!

NEW for 2022, Pelco’s VideoXpert Video Management Platform provides:

  • Smart Analytics
  • Anti-Ligature hardware Options
  • Body Worn Cameras
  • Surevision Technology
  • Onvif® Compliant
  • Easy-to-install and repair

How Can Video Surveillance Help Control Large Facilities and Businesses?

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1) Liability Protection: Surveillance Cameras Record and Gather Evidence

Whether you are a school, university, prison, office building or anything in between, maintaining video records can be invaluable to help solve crimes or acts of vandalism or violence – in other words, when things go wrong on campus you’d better have content to back up your claims!

A surveillance video system like Pelco can take all your worries away. It’s liability protection for your business!

2) Real Time Monitoring: Surveillance Cameras Provide Instant Access to All Areas of the Building(s)

Unless you can afford to hire a multitude in security offers and staff, using surveillance cameras and a surveillance systems to keep eyes on things in real time can make the difference in life-and-death situations like fire, assault, break-ins, fights, medical emergencies and more.

It’s like having eyes in the back of your head and a 360 degree view!

3) Preventing Crime: Surveillance Cameras Act As a Deterrent to Criminals

Prevention of crime should always be the goal when your manage a large facility or business. How can you prevent crime and violence?

One way is by installing a surveillance system and adding notices and and signs throughout the facility, mentioning the cameras!

video surveillance signs

If you were to put yourself in the shoes of a criminal, wouldn’t you SKIP this facility and make way for one where there are no cameras and no system to record your crime? We think so!

Surveillance camera systems are one of the best ways to deter crime! 

How To Pick the Right Surveillance Camera System?

The best way to pick the right system for your facility is to talk to an experienced installer.

We are happy to answer your questions and to come out and see your facility or business. Let us know what your needs are!

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

 

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