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10 Reasons To Love the Grand Strand

The Grand Strand Myrtle Beach South Carolina

 

We at Strand Security are celebrating 10 years on the Grand Strand!

So many wonderful things have happened to our Strand families, our business and within our community! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share our wonderful community with you.

We arrived in 2010 to start a new life in South Carolina; to kick off this year-long celebration, let’s count the ways we love the Grand Strand.

1) Love The Grand Strand for Its Beaches!

With over 60 miles of beaches, the Grand Strand spans from the Winyah Bay in the south to Little River in the north; it is an arc of beach land on the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, United States.

With over 60 miles of beaches, you will find a beach you love.

This area includes two State Parks; Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park, as well as many smaller municipalities with beachfront access.

2) Love The Grand Strand for Its Golf Courses!

Did you know…

The Grand Strand is home to 90 (yes, ninety) golf courses?

That’s a huge number and a huge variety of places to play. There is a course for every golfer, whether you are a beginner or a life-longer player, or somewhere in between

While we are at it, we looked for the number of minigolf courses. While it was harder to find a number, it is at least 30 by this account.

Ready to tee up?!

3) Love The Grand Strand for Its Entertainment!

While the beach and golf are the two main attractions for tourists, there are many more ways to entertain the family when visiting, or living on the Grand Strand.

That includes

and so much more! Did we mention the golf courses?

4) Love The Grand Strand for Its Nightlife!

When the sun goes down the fun begins.

Fireworks can be seen on many evenings at Broadway at the Beach and/or Barefoot Landing, attracting thousands of visitors to come to eat and play.

Don’t forget to check out Family Kingdom as the fun just begins when the sun disappears! Ride the old wooden coaster ‘The Swamp Fox’ or try your luck playing carnival games.

5) Love The Grand Strand for Its Autism Friendliness!

Did you know…

Surfside Beach is the world’s first certified autism-friendly destination

While it was always known as ‘the family beach’, Surfside Beach now has another beautiful title to uphold. Surfside Beach was listed as one of the Top 10 best family beaches!

6) Love The Grand Strand for Its Beauty!

  • Gorgeous homes.
  • Beautiful parks.
  • Wonderful flowers and native trees.
  • Friendly People.
  • Sunshine on most days.

The Grand Strand is simply a beautiful place to visit and live.

7) Love The Grand Strand for Its Restaurants!

No matter your taste, there’s a place for you at one of the many tables on the Grand Strand.

While the Grand Strand offers large chain restaurant access like Margaritaville, TGI Fridays, 5 Guys and Friendly’s, there are plenty of spots that less overcrowded and less corporate.

No matter your taste, when living on the Grand Strand you will eat well.

8) Love The Grand Strand for Its Seafood!

Murrells Inlet is called the Seafood Capital of South Carolina!

It wasn’t always as family-friendly as it is today though. In the 1800s, pirates hid in the inlet creeks waiting to plunder unsuspecting English ships. You may have heard of one in particular called Blackbeard.

While you can go fishing, crabbing or even scuba diving, why not lay on the beach all day and come eat seafood at night in one of many restaurants on the Marsh Walk?

9) Love The Grand Strand for Its Southern Hospitality!

Southern hospitality is a phrase used in American English to describe the stereotype of residents of the Southern United States as particularly warm, sweet, and welcoming to visitors to their homes, or to the South in general.”

And friendly we are!

If you’ve never experienced it, you’ve been missing out.

10) Love The Grand Strand for Its Low Cost of Living!

We simply can’t deny that living on the Grand Strand is… grand! While Strand Security and our family have been residents for 10 years, we’ve realized what a great deal we have here in the south!

Homes are affordable, as are groceries and other living expenses; the cost of living in South Carolina due to low taxes is a huge attraction for new residents. The lure of these beautiful yet affordable southern homes brings many northerners to our beloved Grand Strand.

What Do You Love About the Grand Strand?

Please tell us why you love the Grand Strand!

Keep an eye out for many more ’10 Reasons To Love…’ articles in 2020!

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

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How To Protect Your Business Assets With a Commercial Security System

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Does Your Business Own or Lease Expensive Equipment?

Dentists need chairs to treat their patients.
Average cost: $3000+

Their x-ray machines?
All the way up to $65,000

How about construction companies? They have hundreds of thousands worth of equipment on job sites!

General Crime PRevention Tips for your Myrtle Beach or Grand Strand Construction Site

Say what?

Whether your business needs commercial kitchen equipment, specialized vans or trucks, lifts, computers or tools, this equipment costs money. A lot of money.

Insurance Will Cover Replacement Cost In Case of Loss.

If you lease, rent or have bought expensive business equipment to run your business, we assume you have insurance to cover the cost of replacing these tools and machinery.

What business owners forget and frequently run into is that replacing those items in case of a fire, theft, or vandalism, slows down their productivity level and can harm their business in the short or long term, can even financially ruin it.

Insurance Won’t Cover Lost Time and Productivity.

Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest to PREVENT accidents, thefts, burglaries, and vandalism.

A business that has to take time out to renovate, reconstruct, or reorder/repurchase equipment is a business that’s not productive, not running at their capacity.

How To Prevent Accidents and Incidents in the Workplace

It’s a multi-step process

  1. Training
  2. Technology
  3. Implementation
  4. Inspections
  5. Fix and Adjust Plan
  6. Retraining

The owner or CEO of the company has to understand that time lost is money lost. Money that can be used to prevent incidents with a risk-identifying plan.

In other words, in order to prevent incidents, you have to spend money – on training, inspections and technology.

How To Protect Your Business Assets With a Commercial Security System

How does a commercial security system help protect your business?

Let’s count the many ways!

  1. Security cameras can spot shoplifters, vandals, and loiterers inside or outside your property, prompting you to take immediate action.
  2. Vehicle trackers can help locate your stolen vehicle and products, as well as track the driver’s stats and driving record.
  3. A monitored alarm system alert authorities immediately in case of burglary, fire or vandalism.
  4. Panic buttons help employees stay safe; help is only one push of the button away

Spend Money To Save Money

While this might not be what you want to hear, a solid business plan should reveal to you that this is the ONLY way to go to protect your investment; of time, money and effort in starting and running a business.

Don’t be caught without insurance.
Don’t be caught without a commercial security system.

Protect what’s rightfully yours, so you can keep it and enjoy it.

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

 

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Self-Defense Moves to Celebrate National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month 2020

What is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month?

As January is the very first month of every new year; it a great time to focus on YOU.

Your body, your mind, your overall well being.

Included in that should be your personal safety, hence the National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month was created.

We are so fortunate at Strand Security to have our own self-defense division, Myrtle Beach Self-Defense. If you are in our geographical area, please make sure to connect with MBSD to join us for a class. If you are not in our area, do continue reading to learn more about the importance of self-defense and personal safety awareness!

woman defending herself against an attacker

Myrtle Beach Self-Defense

Several years ago, Heather Bryant of Strand Security started what is now Myrtle Beach Self Defense. Heather teaches self-defense to women and girls in the Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand and surrounding areas.

She’s brought her program to

  • sorority members at Coast Carolina University
  • Girl Scout troops on the Grand Strand
  • business owners via the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • entrepreneurs via the Women in Networking group
  • Seniors
  • Women and Teens at Fun Warehouse

and many more places.

Heather’s goal is to educate and empower women no matter what situation comes at them.

From Awareness to Knowledge to Confidence

The first step to personal safety is awareness.

Awareness that danger is everywhere, that you need to be prepared and that you can prevent or diffuse a dangerous situation – unless a weapon is introduced (that is when the rules change completely)

How do you get the awareness of personal self-defense?

  • Read our self-defense tips
  • Talk to survivors
  • Speak with those who support victims of violence

Next is knowledge – you need to know HOW to defend yourself.

This knowledge comes through both theoretical information, as well as hands-on self-defense classwork.

Muscle memory might be what saves your life one day when you are confronted by an attacker! Practice self-defense moves, over and over and over until you can react in a split second!

Last but not least, while gaining awareness and knowledge, you gain confidence. Confident people are by default, not an easy or ‘preferred’ target!

self-defense awareness month

Basic Self-Defense Moves and Tips

Use your senses to stay alert

  • Don’t walk or run with headphones; you can’t hear any approach you
  • Listen for clues that someone might be following you
  • Use your voice to scare someone off; yelling ‘Fire’, screaming loudly and ‘Get away from me’ are all signs you are in trouble and can alert someone nearby to come to your aid.
  • Look up from your phone; don’t walk to your car while typing

Listen to your inner voice to detect danger

  • If it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t right
  • If you feel uncomfortable, get away – go towards people!
  • When things seem ‘off’ don’t dismiss that feeling, act on it instead

Flight, then fight

  • it’s best to try to diffuse a situation and then get away from your attacker
  • fight when there is nowhere to go
  • while it’s called self-defense, you can take the lead on attacking once someone has a grip on you
  • use your elbows, knees, and fists to strike. Count to three. Three strikes then move to the next body part
  • when fighting for your life, yell! Scream as loud as you can. Self-defense includes scaring off an attacker
  • if someone holds a gun to your head and tells you to drive somewhere, buckle up and then drive right into a pole, a ditch, another car if needed, or a building. You’d be injured most likely, but your chances of survival are much higher.

Anything within your reach can be used as a weapon

  • keys
  • purse
  • shoes / boots
  • books
  • hot coffee
  • anything sharp or heavy (glasses, pen, rock)
  • groceries
  • pots and pans
  • lamps
  • wine / beer bottles

Muscle memory is your best weapon

Self-defense classes are so important for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons you should take not one, but several, self-defense classes is that you need your muscles to remember what to do when attacked. There will be no time to think. Only to act.

Myrtle Beach Self-Defense Offers Class for Women and Girls

Whether you are on the Grand Strand in the Myrtle Beach area, or live elsewhere, take self-defense classes and learn what to do in case of an attack!

Your life could depend on it!

Learn more by visiting our self-defense division.

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

 

 

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How To Protect Your Employees With a Commercial Security System

Your Employees Are Your Business

The very last thing you want to hear is that there has been an ‘incident’ at your business.

Whether it is a phone call from your employee, or a call from the police, as soon as you hear this message, you know that you and your business are in trouble.

If you are the owner or CEO of a brick and mortar store, a restaurant, a gas station, a bank, a school, a church or a service provider with a fleet of trucks and a slew of employees, you never want harm to come to your employees, correct?

Regardless of the potential harm and suffering of your employees, accidents also harm your reputation and your pocketbook!

protecting employees from harm

Identify Potential Danger and Risk in the Workplace – Step 1

The first step to giving your employees protection and safety is to properly identify potential problems. This is done by a thorough inspection of your property, as well as an inspection of your safety procedures, followed by an emergency planning and training session!

Here are a few areas to look at

(this may very well not be a complete list – we are not risk managers!)

  • Lighting in parking lots
  • Safety procedures for heavy equipment (signage and training)
  • Locking mechanism to keep employees in and danger out
  • Heavy lifting and storing and stacking products
  • Loading, unloading, and driving procedures
  • Fire safety
  • and more!

Protect Your Employees With Safety Tools and Protocols – Step 2

The next thing on your list after identifying potential risks in the workplace is to give your employees access to tools and training to keep themselves and your customers safe!

That translates to tools and protocols like

To make all this easier to implement, we suggest you rely on technology to help you do all this, as we do in our own business! Check out the third step!

Use Technology To Monitor, Alert, and Call For Assitance – Step 3

We recommend using technology to keep your employees safe from harm. We at Strand Security utilize and rely on these same products, brands, and the same security equipment to keep our own employees (and families) safe from harm!

Here is a list of safety and security products that can increase the overall safety of your employees while they are in your care!

The single best precaution to take is to get a

After that, these are our top choices for additional security!

If you employ even just one person, you owe it to them to keep them safe from harm!

In 2020, this hotel chain will offer panic buttons to all its employees, including housekeepers, desk staff and food workers! Way to go!

News Stories of Business Robberies

We want to leave you with a few links to news stories;

Stories, where a silent alarm helped call the police for help

Foiled Bank Robbery

Gas Station Burglary Foiled 

A close-to-home story where an employee was rendered helpless, and was harmed because of a lack of precaution

Heather’s Story

Who Are You Going To Protect? Who Will You Call?

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Creating a Smarthome With Your Holiday Tech Gadgets

Merry Christmas to You

We’ve got questions!

  • How many tech gadgets do you expect to get for Christmas?
  • Will Santa be good to you?
  • Will you get exactly what you want?

This holiday season more than any before, tech gadgets are on top of the list for many!

Whether your desired gadgets are designed to make your life easier, your home smarter or your business run better, I bet you are going to love them.

If you are asking for or hoping you get even just one tech gadget for Christmas this year, you want to keep on reading.

Tech Gadgets Should Make Your Life Easier, Not Harder

While tech gadgets should take recurring tasks and take over for you, often tech gadgets create additional stress.

This is because the receiver of the gift might not understand how it works, or even how to set it up, or how to get the most out of it.

Unless they specifically ask for this specific gadget, well-meaning relatives often forget what happens after the gift is opened.

This hilarious SNL skit shows us just how confused some people might be when receiving tech gadgets as holiday gifts they don’t know how to use.

A Smarthome for Everyone!

If you’re hoping for a new speaker, new cameras, or any other tech gadget this holiday season that you want to use in your home or business, let’s talk URC.

No matter how old your home is, it can be turned into a smarthome.

No matter how tech-challenged you find yourself, your home can be turned into a smarthome.

No matter how many systems, devices and brands you have, your home can be turned into a smarthome.

All you need is URC.

What is URC?

URC stands for Universal Remote Control.

URC links all your systems together so that you can control all your gadgets, all your devices, all your systems with ONE central remote.

How easy is that?

The best part about URC and Strand Security; we help you by setting it up for you!

No more struggling to read instructions.

No more getting systems battling each other.

No more getting wires crossed.

The Strand Security crew is YOUR SMARTHOME crew! They have experience setting up URC and other smarthome systems.

strand security crew at work

What Can Your Smarthome Do For You?

We often get asked this question; what can my home do once it’s turned into a smarthome?

“Anything” and everything is the right answer!

Smarthomes can

  • play music
  • turn on the tv
  • record your DVR
  • lock your door
  • survey the room
  • draw the shades
  • turn lights on and off
  • adjust the thermostat
  • order groceries
  • and so, so so much more!

We hope you will enjoy the rest of your holiday season and remember to call us if you need help linking all your gadgets!

Remember; URC and Strand Security are like PB & J.

 

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

 

 

 

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