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The Best Location for Your Outdoor Security Cameras

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Do You Currently Have Any Outdoor Security Cameras?

If you have security cameras in and around your home, let us ask you some questions!

  • How often do you check your camera?
  • How often is there maintenance done on your security cameras?
  • When was the last time your cameras were serviced?
  • Do you know how to clean around your cameras?
  • How old are your cameras?
  • Did you check your camera settings after the last hurricane?

If you are a bit baffled and don’t have all the answers, no worries. Many people are of the belief that’s it is best to install-and-forget!

We don’t agree and we will tell you why, in this article today!

What Are you Protecting Outside Your Home?

At some point, you decided you had a need for outdoor security cameras and purchased them. Someone installed them for you because we know that DIY jobs are not the best choice when you deal with security.

Are the needs you had when you purchased your security cameras the same as your needs now?

Families change. Business change.

Shouldn’t your security plan change, too?

If you’ve never had any cameras installed, something must have happened that you are reading this and inquiring about getting security cameras for your home or business!

What Are You Protecting Inside Your Home?

How about inside your home? Who and what are you protecting?

As babies grow into toddlers, then kids, and then teens, the need to monitor certain areas of your home changes.

If you’ve not thought about the position of your security cameras for years, it’s a good idea to update your security plan. Work with your local security systems dealer to upgrade, update and (re)install cameras that work for your current needs!

One example might be that while you had small children, you had a camera installed in the playroom, but now you might want one in the garage or game room; whichever spot your teenagers hang out!

Not All Outdoor Security Cameras Are Created Equal!

Just know not all security cameras are created equal and they do need an update now and then.

We have several resources for you to check things out.

What is the Best Location for Outdoor Security Cameras?

Now that you have a better understanding of what security cameras are capable of and how they work, here are the places you should consider installing outdoor security cameras.

🔥Front Door

Around 34% of burglars enter through the front door; place the camera at the second-floor level so that the burglar can not reach up and disable your camera.

🔥Back Door

Most backdoors cannot be seen from the street. Place a camera pointed at the backdoor to spy on possible intruders.

🔥 Backyard (Gates)

Animals, pets, neighborhood kids and burglars might be using the backyard and a backyard gate to approach your home. Keep on eye on your kids and pets with your camera; keep an eye out for intruders, too.

🔥 Basement Window and/or Stairs

If you have a basement, or outside stairs to a second-floor landing, you should be placing a camera pointed at those stairs.

🔥 Ground Floor Window

Any ground floor window not accessible from the yard and not in full view of the street could be used as an entry point. Place a camera near every such window.

Additional Location Ideas for Security Cameras

Sometimes you want to disguise your cameras, especially if the cameras themselves would be a target to get stolen.

Disguise your cameras and hang them in/on

  • large trees
  • barn gabels
  • garage roofs
  • porches
  • dog house
  • roof of playset
  • flagpole
  • large (potted) plants
  • outdoor shower area
  • pool deck

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What Makes a Powerful Surveillance Camera?

Surveillance Camera vs Security Camera

Is there a difference between a surveillance camera vs a security camera?

Sure, there is.

Today, we will explain the difference between these two so that it comes time for you to make a decision on which type of camera is best for your business you will be well informed to protect your employees and the investment you made in your business.

A surveillance camera is a security camera, but a security camera isn’t always a surveillance camera. 

Surveillance cameras are often used by businesses but can be used for private property if the property is large and safety and security are of utmost importance at all times.

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What Does a Surveillance Camera Do?

Here is the definition of a surveillance camera:

Connected to a central system, the surveillance cameras send footage back to a monitor that displays what the cameras see. Unlike traditional television broadcasting, CCTV sends a closed signal to the receiving monitor, allowing viewing to be strictly observed by the connected equipment, only.

Here is what security cameras do:

Most security cameras on the market today are standard analog security cameras connected directly to a digital video recorder. The cameras in this type of system consist of a lens, DSP chip (digital signal processing chip) and a housing. The cameras are simply the window used by the DVR (digital video recorder) to see.

To explain it simply, it is really the difference of the job each camera needs to perform.

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Who Needs a Surveillance Camera?

  • If you are a large company on a large piece of land with valuable assets, you might need surveillance cameras.
  • If you have a large warehouse or a big store, you might need surveillance cameras.
  • If you are a municipality and responsible for public safety, you might need surveillance cameras.

Check out this article on the use of CCTV cameras for businesses, which includes 10 tips for choosing the right security cameras for your business.

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What Makes a Powerful Surveillance Camera?

There are a variety of different types of surveillance cameras which suit different situations or premises, and that selecting the proper camera for the right application really is vital.

This includes but isn’t limited to

Each camera chosen will be chosen for the specific job it needs to do. You local security expert will recommend the best camera for your needs. Whatever you decide, we don’t recommend doing this.

What To Look for When Purchasing a Surveillance Camera?

We recommend you just pick up the phone and call your locally owned and locally operated small business who specializes in home and commercial security systems.

Chances are they know exactly what you need and will give you several options and several brand and systems to chose from.

Why do all this research and work ahead of time when that is all they do, all day long?

When you are ready, give us a call! We serve customers in both Horry County and Georgetown County.

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

 

The Best Myrtle Beach Security Company To Protect Your Family in 2019

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Who Protects Your Family From Harm?

It is almost 2019.

If you live in South Carolina as we do, you are still enjoying the weather and outdoor time as winter still has not really hit our area. We’ve been visited by a hurricane or two, and lots of rain has fallen, but temperatures have barely dipped below freezing and the sun is out on most days.

Kids are riding brand new bicycles, golf is being played and time is spent at the beach.

While you might be enjoying time away from home this holiday season, your home (and business) might be left unattended.

If you do not have a security system installed, you run the risk of losing valuables while you are away to burglars, home invaders, and vandals.

Whether someone planned to rob you, or they commit a crime of opportunity doesn’t really matter to you once this crime has happened, but there is a BIG difference between the two.

Planned robberies are hard to prevent, but a crime of opportunity is often preventable!

Who Protects Your Property When You Are Not Around?

When you leave your home, there’s isn’t anyone to sound the alarm in case of an emergency or robbery, unless you have a monitored system in place.

We can’t stress enough how easy home and business monitoring is to set up on our end, to give you peace of mind for those times you can not be present.

We’ve worked with C.O.P.S. monitoring for years and are proud to have recently added Alarm.com to our line-up.

There should never be a question of ‘who is protecting what is yours?’.

You can protect everything by finding the best security company to work with!

Who is The Best Myrtle Beach Security Company?

There are several different ways to find the best Myrtle Beach Security company to work with.

We encourage you to

  • ask your neighbors for referrals
  • search online for reviews
  • call and speak to your locally-owned and locally-operated security company
  • check your neighborhood for security signs

and connect with several companies to compare rates & service offerings.

Why You Should Hire Strand Security To Protect Whom You Love!

Support local. Get the best!

  • We have over 25+ years of experience (combined) in the security industry.
  • We are a locally-owned and locally-operated small business.
  • We care about you, our customer, thus we only recommend brands we love and use to protect our own families.
  • We stay up-to-date on the latest brands, industry news and technology to give you the best quality for the best pricing.

Strand Security Is The Best Myrtle Beach Area Security Company

Don’t just take our word for it!

Check us out as a Top Security Blog.

and…

Strand Security was the Gold Medal Award Winner 2018 in Myrtle Beach this year in the ‘Security’ category.

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Let us know how we can serve you, too!

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

 

Strand Security Adds QolSys and Alarm.com To Their Family!

Strand Security Adds QolSys and Alarm.com

Strand Security Adds QolSys to their Line Up!

Technology should be simple!
Technology should be beautiful!

We at Strand Security have just added QolSys to our line up.

Watch this introductory video to learn more!

We are thrilled to be offering QolSys and Alarm.com to our Strand Security customers.

Let’s learn more!

Who (and What) is QolSys?

QolSys believes that

“technology can improve your life. From smartphones to computers, having access to information when and where we need it makes us smarter, more efficient, and more connected. Nowhere is this more significant than within the walls of our homes.”

The QolSys IQ Panel connects to an entire suite of mobile apps specifically designed for each platform.

With apps for iOS, android, windows, and even BlackBerry, you can be connected from your desktop computer, a tablet, a smartwatch, and a smartphone.

The user interface on each of these platforms was specifically designed to be consistent for an easy to use, intuitive experience.

It’s easy to find and download the app you need by searching for ‘Alarm.com’ in the application stores.

Alarm.com Available to Strand Security Customers

Alarm.com is the leader in Smart Home Security, giving you solutions to monitor, protect and automate your home. Take a tour of a Smarthome with Madison to see the possibilities!

Engineered for small and medium-sized business owners, Smarter Business Security combines intelligent intrusion detection, video surveillance, access control, and energy management into a single, cost-effective solution.

From the Alarm.com blog:

Traditional keys are a nuisance. You don’t need us to point this out, of course. You know how easy keys are to lose, or misuse. You know the inconvenience of tracking a key down when an employee leaves, and the expense of re-keying a lock when you can’t. You know about dashing to work to let people in when your manager gets sick and has to stay home.

But do you know about the new, easier, smarter alternative?

Smarter Access Control is a commercial access solution, engineered by Alarm.com to bring the benefits of modern access technology like smart locks and card readers to small and medium businesses. Powered by smart business security technology, it’s easy to use, enabling you to set up and manage secure, keyless access for you and your employees, across multiple locations, with no IT expertise or extra resources needed.

When we install your QolSys IQ panel, Alarm.com will power the system.

Official Alarm.com Dealer in Myrtle Beach

As an official Alarm.com dealer in the Myrtle Beach area, we serve Horry County as well as Georgetown County residents and businesses.

We can’t wait to show you the possibilities.

We welcome you to come to our Murrells Inlet showroom for a QolSys IQ panel demo anytime!

Let Us Secure Your Home and Business with Alarm.com

We would be honored to secure your home and business with QolSys and Alarm.com. Give us a call today.

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

Holiday Music Sounds Better with Sonos!

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‘Tis The Season For Holiday Music!

Merry Christmas.

Happy Holidays.

‘Tis the season to celebrate!

What better way to kick off the season and to really enjoy the holiday season than with holiday classic movies and holiday music!

Music and movies bring back happy memories and might trigger long-forgotten holiday celebrations.

Now – if you could not only bring holiday spirit, holiday movies and holiday music to your home, but you could do it with the best possible sound, would you be interested in that?

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Songs?

Let’s start by finding some holiday classics!

How is THAT for sound?!

We love how this song plays and sounds on the SONOS speaker!

Cool Apps To Use To Find New Holiday Music

Check out the many options you have for streaming holiday music on your SONOS speakers and sound systems!

Options include

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Amazon Music
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • SoundCloud
  • Deezer
  • Sirius XM
  • Tidal
  • TuneIn

If you already have a subscription to any of these music apps, all you need is a SONOS speaker and you are all set!

Holiday Music Does Sound Better with SONOS Speakers!

Why do SONOS speakers sound so good?

You can fill your home with

“rich, crystal clear sound for music, TV, movies, video games, podcasts, audiobooks, radio and more”

 Not only that, Alexa is built right in!
“With Amazon Alexa you use your voice to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations and more.”

Give The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long!

SONOS speakers are the gift the keeps on giving all year long!

SONOS Speaker makes a great holiday gift

Use the home speaker system for upcoming parties, including

  • graduation
  • anniversary
  • birthday
  • bridal shower
  • pool

No matter what time of year, SONOS speakers will provide you with instant rich-sounding music with just one voice command.

AVAILABLE in our Murrells Inlet Showroom!

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