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Everything You Need To Know About Ring Cameras

Population Growth In the Myrtle Beach Area

Are you considering buying a Ring Camera?

If you live on the Grand Strand, you know the growth of our community. Thousands upon thousands move to our area each year and new homes are popping out of the ground like mushrooms.

New neighborhoods seem to arise overnight as builders churn out new homes near our beautiful South Carolina coast.

With new people and a larger population comes more crimes and more home burglaries and invasions. Criminal activity goes up as communities grow as there is more opportunity to steal and more potential victims available.

Residents might choose a DIY home security system or a professionally installed system to keep their loved ones and their property save; many residents choose to enhance their systems with Ring Cameras

Home Security Systems for Grand Strand Residents

While we knock anything DIY, there is so much to know about installing cameras that we highly recommend extensive research, or hiring professionals like Strand Security.

We have over 25 years of experience installing home security systems and we get the job done fast, and right the first time! 😉

Things to remember when installing your own cameras would include

  • location
  • angle of camera
  • light source
  • nearby landscaping
  • and more

What is a Ring Camera?

Ring Cameras can be purchased as a stand-alone product from just about anywhere online.
They’ve gained popularity among DIY-ers and home improvement communities as an easy way to keep tabs on what’s going on at home when you are not there.

One of the best places to install a Ring Camera is at your front door.

This YouTube video shows front-porch thieves stealing packages and breaking in.

Ring Camera Options Include Indoor Cameras!

While the ‘most well-known’ Ring Camera is the one people have installed at the front door, there are several Ring Cameras on the market! Strand Security is happy to help you choose the right cameras for your home, your security, your needs. You can stop by in Murrells Inlet for a visit to check out the Ring Camera options and models, including:

  1. Indoor Ring Camera
  2. Stick Up Ring Camera
  3. Spotlight Ring Camera
  4. Floodlight Ring Camera

Ring Camera Installation

While we highly recommend you purchase your Ring Cameras from a reputable Ring Camera Dealer, we also recognize that not everyone will want to go that route. You might find an online sale or might have received a Ring Camera as a gift.

The good news is that Strand Security can and will install your Ring Cameras should you need assistance. We serve Horry County residents as well as Georgetown County residents and will be happy to come your way to set up your Ring Camera System for you.

Give us a call today and let’s get your home and your family secured!

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

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10 Reasons To Love Summer in South Carolina

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The last day of August is here as this is published, yet summer ins’t over yet in South Carolina! Not by a loooong shot!

As Myrtle Beach area children might be back in school or being homeschooled, yet tourists are still flocking to the beaches of the Grand Strand and will continue to do so long into the fall!

We at Strand Security are grateful for yet another year in Murrells Inlet as we celebrate 10 years in business in 2020!

This is the 8th article in a series of 12 articles about all the things we love about our state, our town, our business and our community in South Carolina.

10 Years and 10 Reasons

In case you missed it here are the other articles in this series!

10 Reasons to Love Quality Speakers
10 Reasons to Love Security Camera
10 Reasons to Love Living in South Carolina
10 Reasons to Love a Home Theater
10 Reasons to Love our Community
10 Reasons to Love Smarthomes
10 Reasons to Love the Grand Strand

What We Love About Summer In South Carolina!

  1. In South Carolina, we loves our beaches in the summer! As the air heats up, the beaches and the ocean keeps us cool! Many tourists come to the South Carolina shores for its beautiful and plentiful beaches.
  2. Water Sports! We loves water sports in summer. Sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, boating, waterskiing, swimming… you name it and you can do it! With beautiful weather, many sunny days and perfect conditions, South Carolina is a haven for those who love water sports.
  3. Did we mention the sun and our gorgeous weather yet? We love South Carolina summers because its’ always summer! No need for a jacket, no chill in the air! Sun, wind and warmth. Yes, some humidity too, but most South Carolinians will take that as that’s all we know!
  4. Outdoor Sports! While we can play outdoor sports just about year-round in Myrtle Beach and beyond, we love being able to be outdoors and walk, hike, run, bike and play all sorts of outdoor sports in summer months.
  5. Porches are the best. South Carolinians sleep on porches, visit on porches and in general, live and eat on porches, too! If you are thinking about moving to South Carolina, make sure to add ‘porch’ to your wishlist when looking for a new home. having a porch and a ceiling fan… the best!
  6. No porch is complete without a gallon of Sweet Tea! Any thirsty local knows that sweet tea is the best for when it’s hot outside and you need a cool down drink!
  7. With average temperatures well into the 80s and 90s all summer long, outdoor dining on porches and decks once the sun goes down is the prefect ending to any South Carolina summer day.
  8. The South Carolina rivers offer many great adventures. Wild water tubing, kayaking, rafting, fishing… you name it and you can find it! River adventures are another reason we love South Carolina summers.
  9. Have you ever visited a Walmart or grocery store in South Carolina. Flip-flops and shorts are the uniform of choice when the weather is hot! We love our relaxed dress code.
  10. Last but not least, combining long, hot days, water adventures, the beach, sweet tea, outdoor dining and more and your get… slower paced and lazy days which is another thing we love about South Carolina summers!

South Carolina Summers Seem to Never End!

We at Strand Security love living, working and playing on the Grand Strand in our state of South Carolina and we hope you do too!

While you play and enjoy your summer, we have the privilege to monitor homes and businesses as your security is our business. Let us know how we can help you and your loved ones stay safe as you enjoy more of summer.

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

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3 Security Areas to Focus on Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

Six months after the start of the 2020 pandemic millions of people in the USA still work from home.

As South Carolinians are getting ready to send their kids back to school, many parents are opting to keep them home. If you are homeschooling one or more children in Fall 2020, this might be of interest to you.

Homeschooling in a smarthome is just plan smart!

Commercial Security System Updates For the Pandemic!

With COVID-19 forcing many employees to work from home, business executives are having to rethink their online and offline security needs.

Security procedures that were in place before the pandemic might no longer be valid as employees work from home, and new strategies are having to be implemented.

This article looks at three vulnerable areas of security as a starting point for those who manage companies in the time of this coronavirus pandemic.

1. Remote Security Monitoring Capabilities

While stores might or might not be open, offices are shut or only open for limited hours and with limited employees, for those in charge of employee safety, inventory and customer satisfaction it is imperative to be able to monitor on-going activities on location, from home.   

Does you current commercial security system have these capabilities? Can you monitor your cameras from your phone? Can you watch your employees, keep an eye on your customers or your backroom inventory? Are you monitoring the commercial alarm system from any device?

You should be able to do this at anytime, but with so many people working from home, this has become an essential piece of data and communication between employers and employees .

If you are not currently monitoring cameras and activity in real-time, it’s time for an upgrade.

2. Renewed and Updated Cybersecurity Protocol

With millions of employees quickly transitioning to working from home, it’s easy for businesses to have forgotten to update their cybersecurity protocol.

If that was you, now is the time to get it done!

Working from home brings security concerns that are unique to those seen in a traditional office setting. While working from home, employees may be accessing or transmitting trade secrets, personal information of individuals, and other confidential information. Exposure of trade secrets or confidential business information can cause expensive damages or loss to a company” Source CPO Magazine.

Things to be aware of and fix ASAP:

  • Coronavirus scams 
  • Not-secure Wifi connections

Things to implement include:

  • Cybersecurity software
  • Secure access to company server
  • Off-network communications
  • Ensure Secure passwords are in place, including two-factor verification for Google accounts and social media channels.
  • Shutdown of all devices when not in use.

Check out our Best Work From Home Cybersecurity Tips

3. Employee Information and Privacy Protection

While your employees are at home, often using work computers to get work done, it’s important to update your employee information, to protect their privacy as well as yours!

This includes things like choosing the right video platforms .
While Zoom has had security issues, Webex is secure enough for the large TV networks and financial institutions to use.

Sharing sensitive information through online portals also requires special software – just make sure sure that you, the employer are aware of and are in charge of the tools used by everyone who works for you from home! 

By updating your online and offline security strategies you are providing a safe and secure working environment for everyone; those who will continue to work form home into 2021 and those who might want to migrate back into the office. 

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

 

 

 

 

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Homeschooling in a Smarthome is the Smart Choice for Parents

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Homeschooling at the best of times can be a challenge but usually is a personal choice; homeschooling during a pandemic, or forced homeschooling as some will feel it is really challenging. As schools in Horry County and Georgetown County are back in session, many parents have already chosen to keep their kids home! 

If that’s you, why not make being home just a bit easier by investing in Smarthome technology.

But what is a Smarthome?

Check out our blog 10 Reasons to Love Smart Homes if you aren’t sure what’s so great about smarthomes!

When you hear the word ‘Smarthome’ you might imagine a home that has ever available technology available to take the day to day tasks out of the hands of the homeowner. From smart doorbells, talking fridges and smart thermostats to voice assistants who welcome you home.

Sounds expensive, and it can be, however, you don’t have to go all in. “At its very core, a smart home is probably best defined as a living area connected to technology meant to enhance the home”. 

We at Strand Security love URC. Check out how we help our customers on the Grand Strand.

Meaning that by a Smarthome can be a combination of devices or just have one. The trick is to find the devices that will benefit your home and your family.

Smart Speakers for Homework Help

With homeschooling becoming the norm and the kitchen becoming the classroom,  a smart speaker provides a virtual classroom assistant enabling both parents and children to find answers to questions that would usually take time to find out. 

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the popular smart speakers nowadays in your homeschool classroom which can not only enable your kids to access enormous amounts of information just by asking a question, but can also;

  • Keep them on track – using the timer function to keep them focused
  • Enhance their communication – smart speakers are not perfect and sometimes a question has to be rephrased to get the correct answer (how many times have you heard ‘I’m sorry, I did not understand the question’!!!)
  •  Help the parents check the kids’ answers (school was a looooong time ago!)

Security System To Keep Kids Who are Home Alone Safe

Smarthome technology integrates with your security system, allowing your peace of mind if you need to leave your teens or preteen unattended for a while during the day.

You might find yourself needing to check in at work, or taking a trip to the grocery store.

Not sure if your child is ready to be left home alone? Check this article! 

And remember – if you activate the security alarm system, help is close by is an emergency arrises.

An additional perk to smarthomes: not only are they safer, they are healthier! Smarthome means hands-free and in the age of COVID-19, that’s just plain smart!

Remote Monitoring of Your Teenagers and Schoolwork

You’ve got the kids to sit down, you managed to get them to open their books but now you have to go to your home office to do your work. But how do you know that the kids are actually doing their school work?

Getting up to check that they are working the books is going to break into your work time not to mention breaking your concentration so investing in remote monitoring is a good option.

Enter security cameras and remote access!

With this smarthome technology your kids aren’t just safe, they can be monitored in real time by a live camera feed fed to you on your device of choice!

How about that for hall monitor?!

Homeschooling and Smarthomes Sets Your Family Up For Success!

Homeschooling is looking to be something that will continue for a while and as learning ‘at the kitchen table’ continues, why not make your family’s life easier (and less shouty) by investing in smarthome technology – gotta go, the fridge is talking to me!

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

 

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The Best Temperature Screening Solution for Businesses

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Is Your Local Small Business Ready To ReOpen?

We are now 4+ months in a pandemic.

Some businesses are open, as we are an essential business, others are to remain closed and others are open but struggling to keep employees and clients safe.

We at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, have always strived to share the best brands and newest technology with you here on this blog.

Today, we are going to help out business owners once again, this time we are offering a solution to help you get back into doing business while keeping staff and customers safe!

Temperature Screening for Small Businesses

What does temperature screening for small businesses mean?

Some small businesses like spas, hair salons, massage therapists and other service-oriented businesses who are in close contact with their clients should go beyond wearing masks. Temperature screening offers a quick, safe and fast way to determine an initial base-line for employee and client safety.

Additionally, doctors offices, schools, universities, public buildings like libraries, court houses etc. will also be implementing this screening process as they consider reopening their doors this fall.

Opening a Business Responsibly and Safely During a Pandemic

How can it be done? How can a local business be opened and stay open and keep employees and customers safe?

Tools and technology are at the forefront of all solutions!

Not all solutions have to come at a huge cost!
One brand we trust and love for security, HikVision, had not only the technology but also the vision to develop this product.

If you are already a HikVision fan, hold on to your hats to be wowed.

If you’ve never heard of them before, get ready to be blown away!

The system HikVision uses to detect temperature can be integrated with existing technology including:

• Handheld Cameras
• Surveillance Cameras
• Security Metal Detector
• Access Control Terminal
• NVR Workstations
• Mobile and Desktop Applications

Pain Points of Conventional Temperature Screening Methods

Conventional methods that do not use preliminary screening have several disadvantages:

Close Contact, High Risk

Close contact with individuals leads to potential risks

High Cost, Low Efficiency

Increased staff required, and one-to-one inspection is inefficient and costly

Added Expenses

Continual replacement of personal protective equipment (PPE) is required

Instead, use a safer, smarter and faster approach! 

Elevated Skin-Surface Temperature Detection Process

This is how it will work in your place of business:
It’s touch-free, safe and gives you fast, no instant results!

Elevated Skin-Surface Temperature Detection Process

 

If you need this technology to get back on your feet, we want to hear from you! We not only offer solutions; we also install and maintain these systems once you decide this is what you need to reopen safely.

Strand Security Can help You Get Back to Business!

Our tagline is “Your security, Our business.”

This always includes personal safety, now more than ever! We want you, your staff and your customers, clients and team to be as safe as can be.

Let us help you get back to the business of doing business, give us a call today!

To learn more, and to download the full HikVision PDF, click here.

 

 

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