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How Smart is Your Home? 3 Ways to Increase Home Intelligence

How Smart IS Your Home?

Smarthome technology has been around for a while!

Smarthome technology allows you, the homeowner, to automate recurring tasks in your home or office space and control electronics and appliance tied to your home.

Automations can include

  • sound system
  • alarm system
  • window treatments
  • lights
  • thermostats
  • locks
  • coffeemaker
  • microwave
  • TV
  • garage door
  • and so much more!

1) Home Intelligence – How Smart Can Your Home Get with URC?

With URC, your home can perform many tasks you never thought you could automate.

That includes lighting, comfort, shades, security and high-definition audio.

Think beyond everyday!

URC lighting

In fact, let us show you what you can control!

2) Z-wave Lets You Automate EVERYTHING

Another way to increase your home’s intelligence is to connect everything with Z-wave!

Z-wave control can be added to just about anything electronic in your home, even devices that you would not think of as intelligent.

Z-wave is

  • Affordable
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use

Z-wave has many uses. Here are some things to automate with Z-wave:

  • Garage Doors
  • Indoor Lights
  • Outdoor Lights
  • On/Off Outlets
  • Remote Controls
  • Smart Home Security Systems
  • Door Locks
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Thermostats
  • and much much more!

No matter how old your home is, adding Z-wave can seriously increase the intelligence of your home!

3) Your Home’s Brain – Honeywell Total Connect

Think of Honeywell Total Connect as the brain of your home!

Smarthomes need a center of intelligence!

The brain of the home with with Honeywell Total Connect is the technology behind this product.

“Whether you are running an errand in Myrtle Beach, at work along the Grand Strand, or on summer vacation in the upstate of South Carolina or elsewhere, you will have full access to your home and/or business through our app. You will love being able to check in from anywhere, at any time! Once you have Honeywell Total Connect™, you will fall in love forever.

With the tap of a finger, our app lets you control your security system, receive push notifications, text messages and email alerts, control thermostats, lighting and locks, locate vehicles or assets — even view live video and see, hear and speak to visitors at the front door anytime, anywhere on compatible smart devices, including iPhone, Android and iPad.”

Which Smarthome System is Right for Your Home?

What system is right for your neighbor or friend might not be right for you. Therefore we highly recommend you come talk to us at Strand Security.

A lot depends on what systems you have installed in your home, and how ‘smart’ your home is currently! We recommend using what you already have if the technology isn’t outdated!

Come talk with us!

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

 

 

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3 Easy to Implement Tips to Prevent Springtime Crime

It’s Springtime in South Carolina

It’s spring!

In South Carolina that means

  • Flowers
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Beach walks
  • Myrtle Beach Marathon
  • Sweet Tea
  • and so much more!

Springtime is a time for renewal and outdoor activities.

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Preventing Springtime Crime

Did you know that the lowest rates of motor vehicle theft… is in the springtime?

Most crimes and crimes of opportunity happen…in the summer months.

Just because there is less crime, that doesn’t mean crime stops on the Grand Strand in the spring. It just means there is less to worry about for now, and time to prepare for the summer to come. Building good habits now can help prevent future crimes.

  • always activate your alarm system
  • lock doors and window behind you
  • stay alert
  • don’t post to social media when you go on vacation

Here are 3 things you can do today that will help you prevent springtime crime!

1 Prevent Personal Property Thefts in Spring

In spring, people spend more time outdoors. They have a tendency to leave equipment outside. Yard tools, kids toys, bicycles, tools, lawnmowers, weed eaters, blowers.  We urge you to lock up personal property once you are done using it – in your garage or in a shed or barn.

Ladders left out in your yard could be used by criminals to gain access into your own home.
Keep ladders in your garage and lock up any storage unit or shed you have on your property.

2 Spring Cleaning Home Security Lapses

If you are hiring someone to clean your windows, they might need access to the inside of your home. Always double check that all windows are still locked after a service provider has been in your home. If you are cleaning your windows on your own, do the same.

If you do any spring yard maintenance, consider how landscaping might obscure a clear view to your front door. Trim back large bushes and ornamental plants.

3 Spend Time Outside and Go Meet Your Neighbors

Being on good terms with your neighbors and knowing those in your neighborhood is one of the best crime prevention tools. Go out for a walk, a bike ride, a stroll. Say hello and introduce yourself to your neighbors. Watchful and attentive neighbors will notice suspicious activity and might alert the police and the community to their presence before crime can even occur. The best tip we have is to get to know  your neighbors.

Need a Home Security System on the Grand Strand?

Give us a call today! We can’t wait to meet you. for a quote or with a question, call us anytime!

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Does the Start of Daylight Saving Time Bring Us More or Less Crime?

Daylight Saving Time – Love it or Hate it?

Do you like Daylight Saving time, or do you dread it? It’s almost that time, on Sunday, March 13 we will be ‘springing ahead’ to add an extra hour of daylight into our days!

There is a movement to do away with it all together while most western countries are still adhering to Daylight Saving Time.

Here is some history on it as found on Wikipedia

“Daylight saving time in the United States is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour when there is longer daylight during the day, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time (DST). The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the system of uniform daylight saving time throughout the US.

In the U.S., daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the time changes taking place at 2:00 a.m. local time. With a mnemonic word play referring to seasons, clocks “spring forward, fall back”—that is, in springtime the clocks are moved forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. and in fall they are moved back from 2:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Daylight saving time lasts for a total of 34 weeks (238 days) every year, about 65% of the entire year.”

More daylight and warmer weather in spring time means… more criminal activity!

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Does Daylight Saving Time Reduce or Increase Crime?

You might be surprised to find out how Daylight Saving time affects crime! We were!

“In a new paper forthcoming in The Review of Economics and Statistics, we find that shifting daylight from the morning to the early evening has pretty hefty returns for public safety. When DST begins in the spring, robbery rates for the entire day fall an average of 7 percent, with a much larger 27 percent drop during the evening hour that gained some extra sunlight.

Why might this time shift matter? The timing of sunset is pretty close to the time many of us leave work, and walking to our cars or homes in the dark makes us easier targets for street criminals. We feel safer when we’re walking in the daylight, and it’s easy to imagine why light might have a deterrent effect on crime: offenders know they’re more likely to be recognized and get caught if they’re fully visible. The timing of sunset matters because our daily schedules can’t easily adapt to follow the daylight. Most people can’t leave work before 5pm, even if it would be safer to do so.”

source: brooking.edu

Spring Season is Not a Big Crime Season (but Summer is!)

More daylight means less darkness which in turn translates to less crime.

Most criminals do want cover of darkness to commit their crimes. The biggest exception is burglaries, which happen most often between the time of 10 AM – 2 PM, when people are not home but at work!

So what can you do in spring?

  • Relax!
  • Go outside and play.
  • Make sure to activate your home security system, but enjoy that extra daylight and sunshine.

If you are the spring cleaning kind, read this.

If you are the worrying kind, here are some spring home security tips to consider implementing.

Daylight Saving Time Bring Us Less Crime!

You got this!

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The 2022 Home Security Trends You Don’t Want to Miss, Myrtle Beach!

Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach Area Population Boom in 2022!

We are almost into the second quarter of 2022. Spring is here and we are looking ahead to what else is to come in 2022. Myrtle Beach, Horry County and Georgetown county are booming!

Houses can not be built quickly enough for the demand. Older homes are getting facelifts and updates while new homes and whole new developments are popping out of the ground like mushrooms.

While we love the Grand Strand – we live and work here just like you – we are well aware that crime rates go up when the number of residents keep increasing.

Home security along, with location, is a huge factor when looking at who might be a victim of crime and criminal activity. While you can’t always just up and move your home to a new, better, more secure neighborhood, you CAN update your home with the latest trends and technology.

Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand Residents: Here are the 2022 home security trends you don’t want to miss!

1 More Smart Home Integrations

Homeowners are waking up to the fact that technology is here to stay and technology is our friend – and can make our lives so much easier.

While smart homes and smart home technology isn’t new, there are a few trends to look for in 2022.

They include

  • Smarter sensors (see #4 facial recognition)
  • Energy efficiency is one of the top requests from homeowners: devices connected to thermostats, window shades, electronics and solar panels all help to reduce energy waste and cost!
  • Health tracking and health management while at home can now be integrated with smart home technology as the system can communicate with healthcare providers and caretakers in real time!

2 Security Drones

Back in 2017 we wrote about drones as part of looking ahead to future security concerns. We quote:

New technology will enable drones to be part of your home security system – if not now, in the very near future!

In this article in Digital Trends we read about a new home security system that deploys a drone to patrol your property! Sounds like something out of a sci-fi book? Think again! The technology is here and soon most, if not all, security systems will have this capability. This article predicts

“The idea of a security camera that doesn’t fly will seem like the dark ages.”

That will be an amazing day…!

Well – it’s here. It took only 5 years, but we now do have drones with security cameras that can be employed with smart home technology to scout your property! It’s a new trends for 2022 and an exciting one to boot!

3 Universal Home Automation

We love love love automation – but there are so many options! Google, Apple, Ring…
What coming is more ways to link to any smart speaker and provide you with full control across multiple environments.

We predict you can expect the security of your home to be more streamlined and connected to all other smart home devices in the near future.

4 Facial Recognition

Mentioned above in #1, the newest trends is facial recognition with the assistance of AI, for home security. This will replace keyless entry with number pad or fingerprint and over into to facial recognition for optimal security!

5 Remote Video Monitoring

This is a new service that will come into being: not just home security monitoring, but actual video monitoring services.

With regular home security monitoring, an alert goes out when an armed door or window is unlocked or opened, or when there is movement if sensors are activated.

Remote video monitoring would include constant monitoring in real time offered as a service to those who want peace of mind – think elderly parent living home alone, or a preteen home after school.

Get Your Home Security Up-To-Date for 2022, Myrtle Beach

We stay on top of the latest trends, brands and technology so you don’t have to. Come talk to us.

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Another offering that we might see more of from 2022 is remote video monitoring services. This ensures potential emergencies and criminal activity can be spotted and prevented before they become a bigger problem.

 

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What’s Not To Love About Livin’ on the Grand Strand?

Endless Beaches, Sunrises and Balmy Weather

What’s NOT to love about living on the Grand Strand?

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, aka The Grand Strand, is what we call ‘home’. Strand Security is a locally owned AND locally operated small business. We live where we work, we work where we live.

We love the simple, southern life after moving south over 10 years ago from Maryland.

LOve living on the Grand Strand

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to share 5 reasons why we love living it up on the Grand Strand.

1 South Carolina Beaches

South Carolina beaches, need we say more?

The Grand Strand boosts over 60 miles of beaches, from Little River on the North Carolina border down to Pawleys Island! Public beaches, private beaches, two State Parks and lots of activities.

  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Crabbing
  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Diving
  • Walking

and so so much more!

If you love the sand between your toes, the Grand Strand is the perfect place to live as you’ll have year-round access to beach activities!

2 Southern Food Choices Galore

The Grand Strand is home to hundreds of restaurants. No matter your taste, you’ll find it here. From Seafood restaurants in the SC Seafood Capital of Murrells Inlet to Franchise Restaurants at both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing, to speciality restaurants all over the Grand Strand. There is something for everyone. Lots of southern food and charm to be found!

3 The Best Outdoor Living

We love, love, love that we can be outside year-around. We might not be able to use our pool in the winter time, but it’s certainly warm enough to play golf or go for a beach walk. Our kids wear shorts and t-shirts during all seasons and we can run, bike and walk most days.

Who doesn’t love sitting on their porch for most of the year?

4 Subtropical Climate

Talking about the weather… the Grand Strand has a subtropical climate. The ocean temperature is affected by the gulf stream, making August water temperatures range upwards of 80F! Say what?

Especially for those who have lived in the North East, say goodbye to cold water temperatures and start enjoying the warm ocean waves.

5 Affordable Housing and Taxes!

Last but not least, living on the Grand Strand is affordable, cheap even compared to other areas of the US.

Housing is affordable and new home construction is at an all-time high. South Carolina taxes are some of the lowest we’ve seen, making relocating to the Grand Strand a great option for those who work remote, or those looking to retire!

What Do You Love About the Grand Strand?

Now that we’ve shared why we love the Grand Strand, we’d love to know from you what you love about it! If you are in need of home security, new cameras, a home theatre, a business security solution, central vacuum or smarthome technology, give us call today!

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

 

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