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How To Show Appreciation for Service Providers During the 2021 Holiday Season

‘Tis the Season To Give, Be Kind and Be Merry

It goes without saying that you should ALWAYS treat service providers with respect and kindness.

Despite us knowing that, the news is telling a different story!

Recent headlines tell us how

It’s despicable, unnecessary and just plain wrong!

Appreciation for Service Providers

5 Ways to Show Appreciation to our Service Providers!

Please use the holiday season to bring back kindness, giving and merriment!

Here are 5 ways you can show your appreciation for those who work so hard to make our 2021 Holiday Season bright and merry!

1 Converse and Smile!

Oh how simple, easy and FREE this tip is. Converse and smile when you encounter someone who is helping you. Whether they come to your house (delivery, installation, repair) or you meet them at their location (airport, restaurant, store), wishing someone a great day and smiling can make a huge difference in their day!

2 Be Patient

Next, be patient. We all know workers are expected to do more, with less help, as businesses can not find employees. Those that are still around are now tasked with more work and more responsibility!

“No one wants to work anymore, please be patient with the staff that did show up”

You might have seen this posted to social media, as we have, and it’s a good rule to follow. Do not take your frustration about having to wait longer out on those that did show up!

3 Provide Refreshments

If you have service providers come to your home, offer a hot cup of coffee, a cold bottle of water, and a snack, when applicable. It’s an easy way to say ‘thank you’ and much appreciated by those who work so hard.

Watch how these delivery drivers were surprised and delighted with snacks and drinks!

All ‘caught’ on Ring cameras, no less!

4 Show Kindness

Small acts of kindness are awesome. Think about what you can do to make someone’s day brighter.

Pay for someone’s lunch? Ask about their family? Smile? All these acts of kindness will carry forward. Random acts of kindness inspire others to also be kind!

5 Tip Generously

Last but not least, people are hurting for money. Show your appreciation by giving a generous tip! Don’t be caught being a Scrooge this holiday season.

Here’s a tip… 😉

Holiday Tipping Guide: Who to Tip and How Much

Do this and more as we are all dealing with the after effects of COVID-19.

Strand Security is Here To Serve

We are here to help you navigate your home systems. Smarthome systems, security systems, audio systems and more. Just give us a call, anytime and we’ll be happy to serve.

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

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3 Reasons to be Thankful During This Thanksgiving Month

‘Tis the Season to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is almost here, and while we are continue to be thankful for our health, our family, our growing business, our experienced staff, our amazing customers and the best brands we work with, we don’t express it on our blog too often!

Last November, we published ‘The latest security technology to be thankful for‘.

In another post, we talked about ‘being lucky and thanking the lucky stars’ vs ‘making smart technology and security decisions‘.

In the way-back wayback machine, we also found an earlier article featuring ‘3 reasons to be thankful for your security system‘.

Today, we are doing something different!

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The Pandemic Changed Everything

Almost everything we took for granted has changed during the last 21+ months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Things we didn’t even think about were suddenly… gone, or impossible to do.

Places we used to visit were off limits, vacations were cancelled, friends and family members got sick, some to never recover. Our kids adapted to online learning, to socialize over Zoom, deal with isolation, loss, restrictions and fear. Homes became a safe haven to many.

As we emerge out of this pandemic, we find that we are more resilient than we thought possible, changed more than we thought we wanted to and stronger that we could have ever imagined.

Let’s Be Thankful This Thanksgiving 2021

This Thanksgiving, we challenge you to recognize how fortunate we are here in the USA. While we have access to healthcare and medicine, people in third world countries are not as fortunate.

We are grateful for so many things, and we certainly want you to create your own thankfulness list to share with your families. Here is ours!

We are Thankful for Science

Where would we be without science?

Thanks to science we are closing on on reopening the world. We are closer to travel, closer to international vacations and going back to working in offices.

Thanks to science, fewer people are getting sick and fewer people are dying of COVID-19.

Thanks to science, students have (for the most part) returned to school.

Thanks to science we have new treatments for coronavirus, new ways to keep patients alive and get them through. Science is the key to reopening the world!

We are Thankful for Technology

In the midst of everything going on in the world, what would a world in the grip of a pandemic have looked like without technology? Isolation would have been more rampant than it has been, many more millions of employees would have been forced out of the workforce and students would have been ‘up the creek without a paddle’ so to speak!

Technology has allowed for continues, albite different education from Kindergarten all the way through college, and an asynchronous work opportunity for many employees.

Technology has keep us warm, safe, connected and alive!

We are Thankful for A Positive Mindset

More than anything else needed right now is the desire to live in a world full of love, care, and empathy. We are thankful for those around us with a positive outlook, a can-do mindset and a willingness to be a voice of kindness to all who need it.

This world needs empathy, compassion and patience. We are grateful to those who model this behavior day after day!

We wish for you to encounter this positivity wherever you may go. We wish for you to encounter helpfulness, kindness, and an outpouring of support and kindness as you navigate this new world post-COVID.

May you express your thankfulness to others, repay kindness with kindness and practice a positive mindset!

Thankfulness: Pass It On!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security, from our family to yours.

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How to Prevent Being a Burglary Victim During the 2021 Holiday Season

High Risk Holiday Season for Burglaries

Did you know that during the holiday season you are much more likely to become a victim of a burglary? Longer winter nights are partly to blame, but that’s not the only reason.

The chances of becoming a burglary victim increases by an average of 72 percent in December. In winter months, the peek of burglaries happens right around Christmas and the New Year’s Eve holiday, both December holidays.

In this article, we will give you tips on how you can prevent burglaries. These tips won’t be fool proof, but can certainly reduce your risk of being victimized significantly.

Whether you live in South Carolina like ourselves and our customers, or you live in another state in the United States, these same tips can be applied.

Prevent burglary during winter months

How To Prevent Being a Burglary Victim

Who doesn’t want to prevent tragedy? Who doesn’t want to prevent becoming a victim? Can we all agree that no one deserves to be burglarized?

There are steps that you, the homeowner can take to prevent being the next target.

What these steps entail is what this article is about.

Keep reading to find out what you can do now to keep your home, your business and your family safe during the 2021 holiday season.

Research Like a Burglar!

While some burglaries happen as a result of ‘opportunity’, most burglars do research and recognisance before picking their next target.

Criminals report that they ‘case’ whole neighborhoods to find the quietest streets, the darkest homes and the most desolate corners of the neighborhoods.

They watch for several days, even weeks and notice patterns like when residents leave for work, when they return and they looks for signs of homes that are unoccupied.

If you want to prevent a burglary in your home, research your neighborhood! Drive around at night, or go for an evening walk. Look for darker areas, neighbors with broken front door light and noticed which one your neighbors have security alarm systems!

It’s also recommended to look up the crime rate in your town and your neighborhood!

Think Like a Burglar!

Next, think like a burglar.

By looking at your own home, compared to your neighbor’s homes, what stands out, and what doesn’t? Is your home well-lit at night? Do you have floodlights on timers and sensors? Or it is your neighbors home and yours looks like a better target?

Do your neighbors have a large dog pen in their yard, or home security signage? If you were to burglarize a home on your own street… which one would you pick and why?

Next, look at how close are you to the next street, the next corner and are the streetlights functional? How busy is your street at 11 PM, at 5 AM but more importantly between 10 AM – 2 PM (which is the time most burglaries take place, despite linger night in winter!)

Keep all of these factors in mind as you make a plan to secure your home better!

Try To Break-In In Your Own Home

Last but not least, try to break into your own home.

Weird request? Sure, but go ahead anyway without much planning: go try to get into your own home RIGHT NOW.

Did you find

  • a not-so-hidden key?
  • an unlocked window?
  • an open door?
  • easy access through the garage?
  • your alarm system activated

Could you see

  • neighbors waving at you?
  • view of your neighbors windows?

or instead, you couldn’t see your neighbors house and yard – which in turn means they can’t see yours!

By putting yourself in the shoes of a criminal, you will quickly realize how easy to might be to get into your home.

We’ve written several great articles on what you can do to secure your home!

Here are the best resources to get you to take action today.

 

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

 

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The Best Security and Technology Brands We Recommend in 2021

Did You See Our Ad in Sasee Magazine?

If you live on the Grand Strand, you might have seen our ad in Sasee Magazine this past summer or this fall!

We are spreading the word of our services to homeowners new to the area, to those who want better services, and to those who want to switch and save money!

In case you missed the magazine ad, here it is.

Strand Security Services

What you are not seeing is the brands we work with here at Strand Security!

If you are looking for the latest technology, the best service, the best brands and technology, Strand Security has you covered.

Here are the best security and technology brands we recommend to our customers in 2021.

Honeywell on the Grand Strand

We install and service Honeywell Security Systems. Whether you live in Georgetown County or Horry County, we’ve got you covered. This is a trusted brand with many options for both home owners as well as commercial use.

URC Total Control

Smarthomes and smart business owners use URC total control! We love the technology of URC and we have many happy customers who can attest to this effectiveness of these systems!

Dahua

When installing security cameras, we look to Dahua for a wide range of options to offer our customers! They are a one-stop-shop for all things video!

Abiding by the philosophy of “Innovation for All”, Dahua offers a wide portfolio of security-related products, ranging from IPC, NVR, HDCVI cameras, HCVR, PTZ cameras, thermal cameras, Access Control, Video Intercom, Alarms, Mobile & Traffic products, display & control, VMS and so on. Dahua products are based on an open platform that features easy integration with third party partners through a standard SDK.

UBIQUITI

Ubiquiti is a multi-application network operating system. It connects all your networks, locations and gives you “Simple IT that just works”. Ask us about ubiquiti if you are a small to medium size business owner!

Sonos

Home sound systems and home theaters use Sonos speakers to bring the music to the party! We love and use Sonos right here at our office. Feel free to stop by for a demo anytime. Don’t forget: we don’t just sell Sonos speakers, we also install and service them and integrate these speakers into existing smarthome systems!

Onkyo

No home theater is complete without an Onkyo receiver and sound system!

From their website:

(Onkyo receivers are) affordable and versatile home theater centerpiece tailored to deliver a best-in-class entertainment experience for your movies, music, and next-gen gaming systems.

Denon

Denon home sound bars are an affordable choice for a home sound system!

No matter what Denon system you chose, be confident that Strand Security can install and service your new system for years to come.

Marantz

Master the art of listening with Marantz. Marantz products include

Z-Wave

Z-Wave is the smarthome control you need when convenience and ease-of-use is paramount!

Z-Wave is the leading wireless technology behind many of the secure, trusted brands that are working to make everyone’s home smarter and safer. With Z-Wave, smart home products can communicate with each other no matter what brand or platform they are built on using a central smart hub.

HikVision

The leader in security camera solutions is HikVision. We use and trust HikVision to keep our own family and business location safe and secure.

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

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What if a Panic Button Could Save Your Life or That of a Loved One?

Panic Buttons Are Not Just for Seniors!

Who doesn’t remember the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial? Did you know these LifeCall commercials started running on TV in 1987?

Be honest, when we say ‘panic button’ is that the image you have? This ‘panic button’ for LIfeCall was for a medical alert system.

This same concept of ‘instant alert’ is now affordable and available to anyone, anywhere and anytime, for both personal and commercial use. Let’s look at some user stories of panic buttons and how they are NOT just for senior citizens!

panic button can save lives

Hospital Staff and Panic Buttons!

After a rise in aggressive patient behavior during the Covid pandemic, a Missouri hospital took seemingly drastic steps to keep their staff safe and secure by providing panic buttons!

From the video:

After an increasing number of patients became violent at Cox Medical Center in Missouri staff members were given personal panic buttons. The buttons use a GPS tracking system so security can locate employees when they are in trouble.

Banks and Panic Buttons!

You’ve seen this in movies, for sure, but did you know panic buttons at banks are standard?

This is how panic buttons at banks work:

Banks can hide a silent-alarm button on the side of a desk, under the teller counter or inside a safe. Some companies offer emergency buttons disguised as a key fob or a pendant. As soon as an employee flips the switch, it triggers the control panel at the alarm company. Some companies let the bank designate special buttons for particular emergencies. One button can be set to tell the company to send for paramedics rather than police, for example.

Gas Station and Panic Buttons!

In this article about gas station safety, panic buttons are mentioned as a ‘must-have’ safety net. Often, gas station attendants work alone. Personal safety is important when a co-worker is not available as a back up.

  • Make sure the panic button is within reach. There should be a panic button installed at the clerk counter in case of an emergency, such as theft or gunfire. Make sure that you know exactly where it is and that you can access it easily.

Heather’s Armed Robbery Story

Heather of Strand Security knew the importance of panic buttons. Her husband had his own security company and she’s begged her boss (at a retail store) to install panic buttons.

He did not.

Read Heather’s story of survival when she was robbed at gunpoint. She credits a high school self-defense class as helping her survive. She also knows that if she’d had a panic button to push, she might not have had to fight for her life!

Panic Buttons at Home. They Can Save Your Life or That of a Loved One

If you have already have a security system in place, and have 24/7 monitoring of your system, adding panic buttons is an easy way to add another layer of security!

Place the panic button in your bathroom or bedroom, basement or any place you want. Ask us and we ca help you chose the best spots!

We can also supply you with a portable, wearable panic button. NOTE: These will only work when your system is enabled, of course. Another reason to always arm your system!

Call us to start a conversation about panic buttons!

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

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