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A Smart Home To Take You Into 2020!

As 2020 draws near, we at Strand Security are excited to introduce you to the next generation of Smart Homes!

Before we do, let’s talk a bit more about Smart Homes and what they can do.

Any home can be a Smart Home, whether it’s a studio, a condo, a townhome,  or a mansion. It’s the powerful connections that make it smart!

The powerful connections being internal connections within the home to automate daily tasks like

  • locking and unlocking doors
  • setting alarms
  • turning music on and off
  • turning lights on and off
  • drawing shades
  • setting the thermostat
  • and so much more!

At Strand Security, we strive to always offer the latest technology, the most sought-after brands, and the best value! In our search for the best we can offer our customers, we landed on URC.

Who or What Is URC?

URC stands for Universal remote Control.

URC is the ultimate smart automation & control system for you to experience premium control & automation for your home or business

URC Total Control 2.0 smart automation & control system features unprecedented ease of use with high-quality control devices, amazing custom GUIs, powerful system processors, and rock-solid performance.
URC comes with premium control devices, making integration easy, even those who are technology challenged.

How Smart Can Your Home Get?

It’s amazing how smart your home can get with URC.

We have been amazed by the integration possibilities!

Take a look at this list of partners!

Do you already own products by

  • SONOS
  • Vizio
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Home
  • ONKYO
  • Honeywell
  • BOSE
  • Dish
  • Panasonic
  • Sharp
  • Zwave

just to name SOME of the integration possibilities!

Imagine it…

URC in action! Smart Home Demo Videos

Peace of mind for parents!

For those who like to be in control of everything!

For those with nosy neighbors!

For those who own a business!

Making Your Home a Smart Home With Strand Security and URC

If you are as excited about the possibilities as we are, give us a call!

We’d love to hear

  • what brands you love
  • products you currently have in your home or business
  • what you want to automate

and together with URC technology, we will make a plan of action to take you into 2020!

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

 

 

 

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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! 😉

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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!

“Dogs are a deal-breaker for me,” said one inmate. “Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.”

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.

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5 Fall Home Security Tips for Homeowners

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Fall Is Here!

If you live in South Carolina in the Myrtle Beach area, it doesn’t FEEL like fall, but when you check the calendar, it tells us it is Fall indeed!

As I write this it’s 90F and sunny, hot and humid.

No jackets or long sleeves for us, but more of what we’ve been wearing since March; shorts and t-shirts!

Whether you love it or hate it, there will be an end to this summer weather and October is a great month to get your home ready for winter.

Get Ready For Cooler Temperatures!

As we get ready for cooler temperatures, homeowners should consider a few chores to get their home ready for winter.

Preparing a home for cooler weather in Fall and warmer weather in Spring is smart.

Putting off these types of chores might result in minor emergencies with regards to equipment, heating and cooling systems as well as security.

Here are 5 Fall Home Security Tips

Homeowners, get your list ready!

1) Get Your Chimney Inspected and Swept

If you have a working fireplace in your home, you should get your chimney swept every year.

A build-up of soot can cause fires.

From an earlier article we published we learn that

The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.

Today is as good as any day to make that appointment!

2) Make an Appointment to Have Your HVAC serviced

At some point in the next few months, you will be turning the switch on your HVAC system from ‘cooling’ to ‘heating’.

Is your system prepared?

Get an inspection and service scheduled today. Fall is a great time to get everything working right so on that first day you turn on the heat, you do not have to call and get an emergency visit from your HVAC provider.

Maintenance and periodic testing prevent emergency calls, on any system, including your home security system!

3) Lock Your Windows

If your home has screens for summer and storm windows for winter, you’ll be changing those out this season.

When you do, do NOT forget to lock your windows back up.

Unlocked windows are a way many burglars gain access to homes!

When asked this is what convinced felons had to say:

How did you typically break into a home or apartment?

Most inmates broke in through an unlocked door or window.

Whenever you or a service provider work on your windows, always double-check that your windows have been re-locked once the task is done.

4) Add Outdoor Lighting as Days Get Shorter

Fall is when we experience the end of daylight saving time. In 2019, that day is Sunday, November 3.

When Daylight Saving Time ends, our evenings immediately become a lot darker, a lot longer!

Fall is, therefore, a great time to review your outdoor lighting.

  • Do you have lights on sensors and/or timers?
  • How well-lit, is your outdoor space; would a burglar want to approach your home, or would they rather skip by because of the visibility?

If it’s dark around your home, add lights on timers and/or sensors.

5) Remove Yard Debris Frequently

Nothing says ‘I am not home a lot’ and ‘Come on in’ as leaving your front and backyards full of debris.

That includes

  • leaves
  • twigs/dead branches
  • toys
  • tools
  • unused equipment
  • broken furniture

and more!

A well-groomed yard conveys the message that a caring homeowner lives in the house! More often than not, that’s the house a burglar will skip!

Caring homeowners often have security systems and cameras installed, and those are the last thing a burglar wants to see!

Additional Fall Home Security Tips

In a previous article, we touched on several other tips for the homeowner.

Check them out here.

Go out and spend some time outdoors.

Enjoy the season and use caution around your home!

Clean up, test and maintain the systems that will keep you safe when an emergency arises.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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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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