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The Latest Security Technology to Be Thankful For!

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Happy Thanksgiving Week!

We want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how different this year’s celebration looks due to the pandemic, if you are with family and healthy, you are lucky and blessed!

We are thankful for so many people in our business.

We are thankful for our staff and our suppliers, and we are thankful for you, our customer! As we come to the end of a year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are so very grateful for the ability to continue to serve the Grand Strand community of South Carolina and keep residents in Horry County and Georgetown County safe and secure!

Today, let’s look at some of the latest security technology we are grateful for during this crazy 2020 year.

Smarthome Technology

We love our URC smarthome technology. We have installed numerous systems like this during this past year in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand in both homes as well as commercial locations.

The possibilities are endless with URC technology and we are grateful to be able to help solve problems for our clients with this amazing system and related products.

Learn more about URC here.

Remote Access To Your Home Security System

If nothing else, we’ve all learned to “let go” this year! Many of us have had to go to work and leave teenagers and kids at home for remote schooling whether they we ready for this, or not. Some of us have elderly relatives who are at home in self-imposed isolation to stay safe from COVID-19 and because of all this, how thankful we are for remote access to our home security cameras and systems!

No matter where you need to be, the ones that are left at home can be reached in an instant with remote access to your home security system, how comforting is that as a parent or caregiver?

Voice Activation

Last but not least, now that we know through science how germs are spread, using voice activation to control your home, your smarthome, gives you an added buffer of security and safety against an invisible enemy, COVID-19.

No more touching and retouching light switches, curtains, temperature controls, garage door openers, windows, locks, sound systems, home theater controls… With URC smarthome technology everything can be controlled by voice and thus by default becomes touch-free and germ-free!

We are thankful to be able to offer this to our Strand Security customers, both homeowners and families, as well as our commercial customers like restaurants and Grand Strand business owners who need a new way to keep customers and staff safe!

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We Are Thankful For Our Grand Strand Community

We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here! We don’t just work on the Grand Strand , we live here, too. We are thankful to be surrounded by businesses who, like us, care about their customers’ safety and security, and we are glad to be working on several URC integration projects right now to give those businesses that added buffer of safety.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security to you and yours!

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

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10 Reasons To Love Monitored Security Systems

Monitored Security Systems.

A home security system can stand between a homeowner and a happy outcome when disaster strikes. On the South Carolina coastline in the Grand Strand area, a disaster might mean the occurrence of a hurricane, or a flood.

In other parts of the country, disaster might include tornadoes or earthquakes.

For everyone, no matter whether you live in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach or elsewhere, a fire or medical emergency can quickly turn into a disaster if help is not immediately dispatched.

Today, let’s celebrate 10 reasons to love monitored security systems.

1 Get Immediate Help When Intruders Enter Your Home

First and foremost, when an intruder, thief, or burglar invades your home they have nothing but bad things in mind. If you are home when this happens, you are now in physical danger.

With a monitored security system, help is dispatched whether you are able to communicate with emergency services, or if you are incapacitated!

2 Access To Medical Assistance When Needed

The same is true when someone in your home has a medical emergency. With just the push of a button you can summon help! Seconds can make the difference between a good outcome and a disastrous one especially when the emergency is a matter of life or death like during a heart attack, a near drowning or a lightning strike.

3 In Case of Fire

Do you sleep soundly at night? What happens when your fire alarm goes off? Do you call the fire station, rescue your family, rescue your pets, rescue your belongings? What if you ONLY had to think about rescuing your family and pets, knowing that the fire department is already on their way? That is what happens when you have a monitored system! The fire department is dispatched while you are getting out of the house!

Time is of the essence during a fire emergency.  A monitored system will give you that little bit of extra time!

4 Alert To Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly – and silent. Installing carbon monoxide detectors is step one to home safety, having these alarms hardwired to your monitored alarm so when you are incapacitated due to carbon monoxide poisoning, is even better!

5 Protect Your Assets

With a monitored system, the burden of always looking over your shoulder for danger is not on you. Having a second set of eyes on your home, your car, your pool area, your business is the best way to protect assets you care about.

6 Remote Access to Your Home Security Cameras

With monitored alarm systems like Honeywell Total Connect or Alarm.com you also have remote access to your home security cameras, allowing your to monitor what is going on in real time.

7 Immediate access to you Teenager, Babysitter, Pet or Elderly Parent

With a monitored security system even if you can’t reach someone at home during an emergency, the monitoring company will do their best to reach someone or send help immediately!

8 Save on Homeowners Insurance

Did you know that most insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners who have a monitored system because they know that a monitored home is a safer home?

9 Peace of Mind When Home

A monitored security system gives you peace of mind when you are home – alone or with your family. You can go about your day and know that if someone enters your home unexpectedly, or is a fire starts, that help is on the way! this is especially true for night time!

10 Peace of Mind When Traveling

At the same time, peace of mind comes when traveling if you have a monitored security system. The monitoring company will replay any issues to you in real time, no matter where you are, as long as you can be reached by phone! How awesome is that?

10 Reasons to Love!

This “10 reasons to love” article is part of a 12 month long celebration of Strand Security’s 10th anniversary!

Read the other article here:

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October

We have one more article left in this series. Look for it on our blog in December!

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

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The Holiday Season – Put a Ring Camera On It!

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Ring Cameras Are All The Rage!

No matter where you live, in Myrtle Beach, on the Grand Strand, in South Carolina or in a different state, we know you want to keep yourself, your family as well as you personal property and assets safe!

While there is going to be a lot less in-person shopping and travel during the 2020 holiday season due to this pandemic, people like you an me will still need to leave their home to work, get groceries and run errands.

If you are on-the-go and need to keep an eye on things at home, Ring Cameras are a great option for you.

Ring Cameras At Your Front Door Protect What is Yours

You might have seen the home videos of ‘porch thieves’ and other front-door shenanigans. Having a camera on the outside of your front door, so that you can see from inside your home – or from anywhere in the world really – is powerful!

Protect what is yours and prevent a home invasion or burglary.

This is how having a Ring Camera can work for you!

and this one!

Whatever you might have on the outside of your home that thieves might want including bicycles, holiday packages or other sports equipment, a ring camera and alarm + flood lights can scare would-be robbers away!

Ring Cameras Connect You and Your Family aka Kids!

This little kid was told to reach parents with the Ring Camera if needed!
Check out the clever use of Ring at the doorstep.

When help is needed, no matter what type of help, Ring to the rescue.

If you have children, tell them a ring Camera can help them reach an adult when they are in trouble, like this little girl did when she saw a Bobcat while out on a bike ride!

How Can Ring Protect You During the Holidays?

When you are home, Ring can be used to help alert you to fire like in this dramatic video of neighbors using the Ring camera!

If you are away from home and expect a package to be delivered, you can monitor that is stays where it is supposed to be.

You can watch your animals from afar when you are not home!

The Perfect Holiday Gift: A Ring Camera System for your Home!

We encourage you to buy local, supporting your locally owned and locally operated small business. If the Ring Camera or the Ring Camera System is something you’ve been wanting to invest in, we invite you to come see us in Murrells Inlet, or call us to learn more. We’d love to talk to you to help you pick the best Ring cameras for your home.

If you are ready to give the gift of safety and security, we will be happy to help you surprise a loved one with a Ring Camera! Come visit us! As a reminder we services all areas in Horry County and Georgetown County.

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

 

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10 Reasons To Love Southern Hospitality

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Strand Security Is Celebrating 10 Years in Business!

While 2020 has been a weird year for all of us, we are still grateful for a tenth anniversary year.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ve been blogging all year in a series we call ‘10 reasons to love‘. As this is month ten, this is the tenth installment of a 12-month series!

Interested in reading any of the other articles in the series?

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September

Let’s get started with October’s edition!

10 Reasons To Love Southern Hospitality

1 Southern Porches

The weather is so fine we can spend hour upon hours on our porches. Our friends and family join us as we sit and watch neighbors mow the lawn, kids play outside and friends walk their dog. Everyone wave and time just seems to stand still. If you are lucky, you’ll be invited on the porch to have a glass of iced tea!

2 South Carolina Sweet Tea

Nothing says South Carolina like sweet tea. It’s a staple in all southern homes and visitors are offered a tall glass of cold, refreshing sweet tea. Don’t confuse sweet tea with hot tea or *gasp* ask for unsweetened tea! Drink is sweet, like the people of this state!

3 Southern Families, Southern Hospitality

When you are home, you are family. When you are brought into a home as a stranger or a friend, you leave as family! Southern families embrace their visitors and will make you feel oh so special!

4 Sweet Conversation

While the sounds of southern voices might seem sweet, don’t be fooled by ‘Bless her Heart’. Expect rich conversations, gentle scolding and strong opinions about God, country and freedom.

5 Southern Manners and Politeness

While Southerns might have a different opinion than you do, they will wrap it all up in a nice and polite package! They will stay calm cool and collected. Etiquette dictates they keep their cool and stay polite no matter what, offering southern hospitality even if you agree to disagree. They’ll Bless you Heart, and will remain polite.

6 Southern Foods

Southern foods are rich in tradition, and butter! Southern foods are plentiful and delicious. They include okra, greens, Fried Chicken, black-eye peas, hush puppies and BBQ.

7 Home Cooking

While we love our K & W and Cracker Barrel there is no substitute for home cooked meals! Getting invited to Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas means getting double, triple of all your favorite sides and desserts as southern cooks go all out to please their families.

8 Southern Charm

Living in the south means you understand southern charm. Sweet Meemaws who love and spoil their grandkids, ladies who sat through hours of cotillion to learn not only the right etiquette, but also how to charm just about anyone, anywhere at any time!

9 Charity

People in the south take care of their own, and then some! They share what they have, no matter how little with those less fortunate. Charity is learned in Sunday school classes, in the home and is continued at work! Many adults are involved in charitable organizations making the lives of other southerns just a bit better.

10 Southern Tradition

The south, and of course South Carolina is steeped in tradition. If you live here, you know! High school football games are huge. Homecoming is better in South Carolina than anywhere else. Tradition seeps into every aspect of life in the south.

LOVE. LIVE. SOUTH CAROLINA

Strand Security has been serving the people of the Myrtle Beach area, including all of Horry County and Georgetown County for over 10 years! We live where we work. We love Southern Hospitality and have been the recipient of many wonderful home cooked meals, lovely traditions and great conversations.

We serve the Grand Strand with pride! 

Let us know how we can help you with your security and safety needs, now and into 2021!

 

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Personal Safety Tips for a Stress-Free and Safe Halloween

The 2020 Holiday Season Will be a Bit Different!

As the year 2020 draws to a close, we are still struggling to make sense of this pandemic.

Wether you live in Horry County, Georgetown County, South Carolina or somewhere else in the USA, we just know your life has been affected!

Kids are learning virtually, seniors are homebound due to the danger of being exposed to COVID-19, millions are still out of work and others are working from home, and we are seeing yet another spike of new cases.

How will we navigate the upcoming holidays?

Personal safety is important to us. We want our customers and friends to be safe as well.

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How Will We Navigate the Holidays During a Pandemic?

It’s safe to say things will be different.

  • More shopping will be done online than ever before
  • Less travel is expected to take place
  • Families will be separated due to safety concerns

Each family will need to decide for themselves how to navigate the unknown of a pandemic holiday season.

We are glad however to have discovered some great resources for those who need ideas and suggestions.

CDC Guidelines for Personal Safety During a Pandemic Holiday Season

Per the CDC:

As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.

Low Risk Halloween Activities!

For parents who are concerned about potential COVID-19 exposure a ‘traditional Trick or Treat‘ activity might pose, here are some lower risk Halloween activity ideas.

Safe alternatives:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Halloween Activities to Avoid in 2020!

While it’s tempting, the CDC urges all of us to do our part and avoid large gatherings and close contact with people outside our safe zone.

Here are their recommendations of activities to avoid:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household

Safety First To Protect Those You Love!

While we all want to be able to be with family during the holidays, it might be wise to adjust your plans now to only get together with family members who are local to you. Avoid unnecessary travel, including airplanes.

Instead, use technology to connect virtually and make alternative plans.

Be safe. Stay healthy.

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

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