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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.

drink goggles used in Drive-N-Live

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

Myrtle Beach Crime Rate in 2019

Myrtle Beach Crime Rate

Whether you are a current Myrtle Beach or Grand Strand resident, or a soon-to-be resident, you want to feel and be safe, correct?

What is the first thing you need to know before deciding on what measures to take to keep your family and business safe?

Local Crime Rates! Indeed.

This article today is all about the Myrtle Beach crime rate and what it means for you, your family and your business.

Don’t we ALL want to SAFE?

Myrtle Beach Crime Rate 2019

Is the Myrtle Beach Crime Rate High?

If you add the keywords ‘Myrtle Beach Crime Rate’ in your Google search bar, you will find that both ‘high’ and violent’ are words associated with it.

Myrtle beach Crime rate google search

That is not a good sign, is it?

Upon further search, we also discovered that Myrtle Beach was listed on a ‘most dangerous cities in U.S.’ list that frankly is not very flattering to our beach!
Myrtle Beach crime statsSadly, this article which takes the top spot in the aforementioned Google search was republished by Myrtle Beach online, our local newspaper.

But what if you actually do not live in the city of Myrtle Beach?

What if you live in Socastee, or North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City or Conway or any of the surrounding areas?

Crime Stats for the Grand Strand

We asked ourselves these questions:

  • How scared should we be?
  • What do these crime stats mean?
  • What is the real crime rate in Myrtle Beach?
  • What is the crime rate for 2019?

Does it matter what the number of murders is in any given month, how many people are arrested for drugs, prostitution, vandalism or petty crimes in Myrtle Beach?

Yes, and no.

Fortunately, we have found a few good ways to put these stats and crime rates in perspective.

Read on.

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How To Stay Up To Date on Real Crime Stats in 2019

First and foremost, be informed and don’t wait for people to give you (skewed) information! Go to the source(s) and keep going back for updated info.

Here are some places we at Strand Security go to to find the latest crime rate and crime stats for the Myrtle Beach area and the Grand Strand.

Neighborhood Watch App
SpotCrime.com

AreaVibes.com
NeighborhoodScout

What these Crime Stats Mean For You, the Grand Strand Resident

As you look at the stats and keep a close eye on the crime rate, you will see that many incidences of crime happen near the tourist areas of the Grand Strand. Meaning – near Ocean Boulevard, and near hotels, tourist attractions and at construction sites. That does not mean crime doesn’t happen in neighborhoods around the Grand Strand, but a large concentration of crime happens in areas that are deemed ‘tourist’ areas.

We encourage you to be informed.

Stay up-to-date.

Follow Facebook Pages of your local police departments, local news stations and stay alert with a neighborhood watch program.

And take safety and security measures to protect those you love and cherish!

Connect with us and we can help you stay safe and secure.

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

The Most Honest Customer Reviews for Strand Security

Customer Reviews and Feedback are Invaluable

What is the first thing most people do when they need something for their home or business?

They either

  • go online to search
  • ask a friend

Whether it is a service or a product recommendation you are after, you want the honest truth, don’t you?

Today we want to share with you our customer reviews and customer feedback.

Putting it all in one place might help you make a decision about whether you’d want to work with us in the near future.

Strand Security reviews

Real Customer Reviews for Strand Security – Facebook Reviews

Let us start by going to Facebook.

We currently have 17 reviews up on our Facebook page.

Feel free to read them all; we are going to highlight a few here for easy reading.

I reached out to Strand Security after an attempted theft of my car tires and rims. Strand Security installed Arlo wireless security cameras at my home and they did a great job. The Strand Security technician was professional and thoroughly explained to me how the Arlo cameras worked. He patiently answered my questions as well. He had me check the position of the cameras to ensure they covered the area I was expecting. I feel more at peace already. Thank you Strand Security.

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Very responsive! I really appreciate the great (and quick) service. Dealing with a local company and people who care truly gives me peace of mind. I only wish we had contacted Strand Security when we first installed our system. It would have saved a lot of stress! Glad we are with them now though – and I love our new system! Thank you Strand Security!

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Great customer Service , very friendly and courteous, thank you for everything.

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We switched to Strand Security at my workplace and in our home and have been very happy with the prompt service and the systems. Highly recommend them. We also saved money from ADT and now have personalized care from people who live in town that we can text or call with a question or issue.

Boom!

We love reading reviews like these – it helps us stay on the right track!

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Real Customer Reviews for Strand Security – Google Reviews

On Google, we currently have 10 reviews and we are proud of our 4.6-star rating.

For your reading pleasure, here are some of the reviews we loved receiving.

Best service hands down. No matter what time of day, or how many times I call, the owner answers and solves my problems. Not an employee, but the owner. Customer service is huge in this business and I cannot give a better recommendation than this. Switch today.

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Professional from Start to Finish. Chuck was very helpful in helping us decide the security system that suited our needs. We are extremely satisfied with their pricing and customer service.

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Love this company. Owner always helpful and gets back to you immediately. They cover my Hair Salon and my home security system.

Last but not least, the one-star review that blemished out 5-star rating

Not looking for any new business. Not very customer friendly. Tried to set up new business and they out right told me they were the highest on the Grand Strand. also a little nervous since they are a security company and their phone rang more than 10 time before they answered it?

You can read our response to this review here.

We Want Your Strand Security Review, Too!

We strive each and every day to be the best. Give the best. Do our best.

We are a locally-woned and locally-operated small business.

Over the years, we have supported our local community, our local charities, and local youth. We will continue to do so, with your help and support.

Go ahead and review us on Facebook and Google if you’ve worked with us.

We look forward to reading them.

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

 

7 of the Most Common Business Security Issues

How To Keep Your Business Secure and Your Employees Safe

What could go wrong in your business?

The better question to ask is ‘what could not go wrong?’

Everything and anything can happen to your location, inventory, reputation, and staff – things that you should value the most if you’ve invested in your business.

We’ve collected 7 of the most common security and safety issues we see on the commercial side of our business and we also have some solid solutions for you to implement, stat!

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1) Personnel Safety

The safety and security of your personnel should be priority #1 for you.

We at Strand Security value our employees, and so should you. That includes giving them direct access to emergency help when needed, lights in parking lots, and a safe working environment.

2) Fire Hazards

Fire safety starts with leadership. You as the business owner can not pass inspection for your building without adhering to fire safety codes. Keeping everything in working order and up-to-date is important, as well as going over fire safety procedures with your staff.

Last but not least, installing a security system that is monitored and fire alarms that are hard-wired ensures that help is on the way, no matter the circumstance.

common commercial security issues

3) Equipment Malfunction

Whether you own a butcher shop, a grocery store, an office or something in between, hazardous machines can be found everywhere in a work environment.

Making sure that all equipment passes inspection and having a first-aid station ready to go, as well as an alarm system in place to call for help when needed, are great ways to keep your employees safe. It goes without saying that routine safety checks and training for new hires address this potentially hazardous equipment

4) Drugs & Vandalism

No matter how hard you try, sometimes you hire the wrong people. You can’t always be aware, so installing and monitoring security cameras is a huge help in detecting vandalism and theft. Security cameras are both a deterrent as well as a solution.

5) Stealing

Theft! Oh boy – whether it is your employees or your customers who steal, it is extremely disappointing. Having instant access to security footage  – a live feed – can help you detect patterns and catch a thief in the act.

6) Roberries

Not all robberies happen at banks. Other businesses can also be targeted – having a panic button for your employees to keep them safe is a must – just read this story of Heather who survived an armed robbery. This traumatic experience has made Heather a force to be reconned with as she is now spear-heading Myrtle beach Self Defense, but the sad part is that she has already begged her employers to install panic buttons for the safety of herself and her staff and they had simply refused.

Talk to us about protecting yourself and your staff.

7) Informational and Cyber Security Breaches

Last but not least, security breaches also involve internet breaches, WiFi hacking, and other online dangers. While we do not have a solution for cybersecurity at Strand Security, we do want to help raise awareness of this growing threat against your business. Not having a secure Wifi system leaves you open for all sorts of misery.

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

 

 

 

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!

home security issues

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 – 2 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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