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The Importance of Personal Self-Defense in 2021

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It’s a new year, a month and once again it’s National Self-Defense Awareness Month. While most of us are focussed on safety from germs and disease, it’s important to also be prepared for potential personal attacks.

Strand Security is proud to offer self defense classes through our Myrtle Beach Self Defense division.

January is not only a good time to set New Year’s resolution, but also a great time to assess risk.

A new year is a great time to do a safety and security audit!

National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

What does National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month stand for and bring awareness to?

This month is designed to bring awareness to the need to learn self-defense and the reasons why.

Questions to ask yourself include:

  • Can I defend myself in case of an attack?
  • Do I know what to do when someone approaches me in a dark parking lot?
  • Will I fight or flight?

Awareness months are designed to bring Public Service Announcements to the foreground.

As we realize that the world we live in today makes it harder for in-person instruction, we’ve collected a few videos for you to watch that share self-defense tips you could practice at home!

13 Self Defense Tips That Could Save Your Life

Here is the first video. These 13 tips are good!

The video is about 10 minutes long and the tips included are really good. Preparation is essential to survival in case of an attack.

3 Simple Self Defence Moves You Must Know

Learn how to defend yourself without getting into trouble. Use it in a way where you protect without too much injury to the perpetrator.

  1. Strike to the neck
  2. Knuckle fist
  3. Protect AND strike

Women’s Self-defense That Actually Works! (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu)

Heather of Strand Security is trained in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Check out this amazing video.

Set boundaries to protect yourself.

  • Verbal
  • Physical
  • Psychological

“In a perfect world, women wouldn’t need self-defense because men wouldn’t perpetrate these crimes — but the world is far from perfect. The Gracie Women Empowered program is a jiu-jitsu-based women’s self-defense system which addresses the 15 most common threats against women.”

How Best To Protect Yourself From Harm

The best way to protect yourself from harm is to prepare.

Read. Learn. Watch self-defense videos, take a class, raise your awareness and learn more about prevention. Decide on training and potential weapons you might want use to during an attack.

Here are the steps we recommend.

Who Needs To Learn Self-Defense?

Here are 7 types of people who should learn and know self-defense

  1. Teenagers
  2. Elderly
  3. Singles who live alone
  4. Runners and outdoor enthusiasts
  5. New drivers
  6. College student
  7. YOU!

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Strand Security: Your Security – and Safety – is Our Business!

Don’t hesitate to call us in 2021 if you need help with securing your property, business or need self-defense classes. We want you be safe, feel safe and continue to do so.

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

 

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How To Protect and Secure Your Family in 2021

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Happy New Year to You and Yours!

What a crazy we year we leave behind as we move toward 2021. The year 2020 brought us a pandemic of epic proportions, and with that, homeschooling, working from home and all sorts of new ‘firsts’ we might or might not have enjoyed.

The Grand Strand saw spikes of covid-19, increased hospitalizations, hybrid school programs and the closing of many small businesses.

As we move forward to what we hope and wish to be a better year, we’d like to look back one more time at the best of the best articles from this past year to give you ways you can continue to protect and keep your family safe in 2021.

Everything You Need to Know About Ring Cameras!

Ring Cameras are an effective way to keep an eye on your home.  Did you know that Strand Security installs Ring cameras in Horry County homes as well as Georgetown County homes? Learn more by reading this blog.

Homeschooling in a Smarthome is the Smart Choice for Parents

While we are entering a new year, we aren’t out of the wood yet with this pandemic. If you are (still) struggling) with homeschooling your children, give this article a read to see if technology could possibly help you as we enter the new year.

Does Your Home Need A Security and Safety Tune Up?

Earlier this year we released an article that talked about doing an safety and security audit for your home. Why would you need these audits? Things break. Kids grow. Family dynamics change! Just like you take your car in to be inspected or serviced, your child gets a checkup at the pediatrician every year, your home security system and your safety protocol need an audit yearly!

How To Attain a Germ-Free Smarthome in the Post COVID-19 World

With so much technology available to us, it’s no wonder we are at the stage of being able to give voice commands to do just about anything in and around our home. Voice activation is a great tool for fighting germs and the spread of COVID-19, Influenza or any other virus! Learn more here.

The Best Home Security Tips for Homebound Seniors

What a sad year 2020 was for the seniors in our lives. While they were less-mobile to start, COVID-19 kept them isolated in their homes. Fortunately, technology can play a part in keeping them safe and connecting, virtually, with family and friends in their life! Read about the latest technology to keep seniors safe at home here.

Go Ahead and Take Charge with URC Total Control!

Last but not least we want to highlight URC automation! If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you! Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?

Yes! 🙌🏻

No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!) We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC! Learn more here.

Protecting Your Family in 2021

Lessons from the past can help us take charge of the future. No matter how we personallexperienceded 2020, we all have some takeaways that will help us navigate 2021.

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2021.

Contact Strand Security today

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5 of the Best Home for The Holidays Security Tips!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and yours on the Grand Strand! We at Strand Security are still busy installing smarthome technology, URC automation and home security systems, all while preparing for Christmas.

We’ve collected 5 of the best holiday security and safety tips to keep you, your family and your employees safe and secure this holiday season.

While we know you are busy, it only takes seconds for disaster to strike – take a few minutes today to read and learn more about keeping your home and family safe during this special time fo the year.

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1) Fire Safety & Decorating Your Home For Christmas

Here are some ways that decoring can undermine your security!

❌ Don’t use real candles in any room without proper adult supervision.

❌ Don’t run your outside lights through your windows; that is an invite for a burglar to open the window and come in!

❌ If you have a fireplace, get it cleaned before making your first fire of the season.

❌ Don’t leave crockpots plugged in if you leave your home. They are a fire hazard.

❌ Don’t forget to activate your alarm system, even if you are home.

2) Don’t Post Your Plans To Travel, Shop or Play Online

While we are in a pandemic and most of us will choose to stay home, some of you may need to travel. As always, we highly recommend not advertising the fact that your home will be empty and unattended; do not post on social media that you will be gone for an extended period of time.

If you need additional tips on keeping your home safe and secure while you travel, read this.

3) Draw The Shades on Your Gifts

Do you love spoiling your family? We do! Well, burglars look for gift boxes under the tree. Don’t give the Grinch a chance to steal your Christmas gifts – draw your shades at night so the tree and your gifts can’t be seen from the outside!

4) Don’t Open The Door for Strangers

Be aware of strangers is something we’ve talked about before on this blog. But during the holidays, you might have people come to your door that do not look suspicious. Burglars may take advantage and scope out your home and your security measure, or lack there off, by pretending to ask for donations, by carolling or ‘delivering’ something to the wrong address. Beware of strange vans or unidentifiable delivery personal! Don’t open the door for strangers.

5) Don’t Put the Christmas Trash Out Early!

Last but not least, don’t leave your Christmas trash outside overnight! TVs, iPhone, games, expensive boots, clothes, or other tech gadgets – if you received these for Christmas and leave the boxes outside for all to see it will attract those with bad intentions!

Instead, flatten all boxes – recycle them if possible – and put them inside your trash can where no one can see them! Alternatively, put your trash out right before the trash pick up occurs, illuminating the possibility that someone is scoping out the ‘goods’

What Are You Wishing For This Christmas?

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We hope you will be spoiled with the presence of family, love and yes, gifts!

Stay safe and secure.

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

 

 

 

 

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10 Reasons To Love Working with Strand Security

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Hi there, thank you for reading our blog!

This is our last installment of a year-long 12-part series of blog articles to celebrate our 10th business anniversary. The “10 Reasons to Love…” idea came to us long before this pandemic struck, yet has sustained us through it.

Positivity goes a long way when things seem dire.

Check out our previous 11 “10 Reasons to Love…” articles published this year!

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

With these articles, we’ve spread love about community, South Carolina, the Grand Strand, security cameras, security systems, home theatres and much much more!

It’s only fitting that we close out this year with this last article in this series, titled:

10 Reasons To Love Working with Strand Security

We love working with you, our customers! Our wish is to always strive for excellence through service and products choices. here are 10 reasons, you too will love working with Strand Security, now in 2020, or in the years to come!

1 We Serve Residential and Commercial Customers

No matter you security needs, we can meet them! Whether you own a home, a business, a boat or huge mall, no job is too big or too small. We will customize service to what your needs are. We only use brands we trust to protect our own families.

2 Strand Security Is Locally Owned and Locally Operated

We love where we live and we love where we work. We are not a large corporately-owned business, directed by someone who doesn’t understand the needs of our community. We live here, work here and play here. We know when hurricane season arrives, floods or other tragedies strike and where crimes happen. (spoiler alert: crime happens all over Horry County and Georgetown County!)

3 25+ years of Experience in the Security Industry

When you combine the experience of our staff we have a lot of years of experience under our belt in the security industry. We have seen huge changes, particularly in technology used. We started integrating smarthome technology years ago and are thrilled that so many local businesses on the Grand Strand have embraced that technology to further their business and to keep their staff and customers safe!

4 Experienced Smarthome Installation Crew!

We are so very proud of our growing crew of installers! They truly understand smarthome technology and do an excellent job of installing and servicing smarthome systems like the URC system. Their experience goes beyond installation – they are frequently seen helping homeowners and business owners get the most out of their systems! We are all for demos and education!

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5 Strand Security Offers Superior Customer Service

Don’t take our word for it, check out our Google Reviews! Our customers love that we deliver what they’ve asked for and that we often go above and beyond. We take pride in serving our customers as your security is our business!

6 We Work With the Most Trusted Brands

If you’ve been an reader of this blog for the past few years, you have seen us recommend brands we trust and use. This is not just an endorsement due to our business relationships. We use these products and we stand by them; they protect the ones we love each and every day in our own homes! We only use the best and the most reliable products on the market!

7 Best value For Your Money!

Strand Security offers great value for your money. We only work with the best brands, the best monitoring system and hire only the best technician to install your systems. We offer the best value for your money on the Grand Strand.

8 The Fastest and Most Reliable Monitoring System

We continue to sing the praises of COPS monitoring for all our customers. Their response rate to emergency calls is one of the highest in the country. In an industry where every second matters, this is an important sign of reliability!

9 A Growing Team with Experienced Staff

Over the years, we added several staff members to our team. We are still growing as we take on more clients on the Grand Strand. No matter who comes into your home to install or service your security system, you will get the best service and care possible.

10 No Job is Too Big or Too Small!

Last but not least, let us repeat that no job is to big or too small for Strand Security! We are only a phone call away and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Our customers always come first.

Happy New Year from Our Crew to Yours!

Wherever you may be and whatever 2020 has brought you – good or bad – we wish you all the best in 2021 and beyond!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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

 

 

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The Latest Security Technology to Be Thankful For!

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Happy Thanksgiving Week!

We want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how different this year’s celebration looks due to the pandemic, if you are with family and healthy, you are lucky and blessed!

We are thankful for so many people in our business.

We are thankful for our staff and our suppliers, and we are thankful for you, our customer! As we come to the end of a year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are so very grateful for the ability to continue to serve the Grand Strand community of South Carolina and keep residents in Horry County and Georgetown County safe and secure!

Today, let’s look at some of the latest security technology we are grateful for during this crazy 2020 year.

Smarthome Technology

We love our URC smarthome technology. We have installed numerous systems like this during this past year in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand in both homes as well as commercial locations.

The possibilities are endless with URC technology and we are grateful to be able to help solve problems for our clients with this amazing system and related products.

Learn more about URC here.

Remote Access To Your Home Security System

If nothing else, we’ve all learned to “let go” this year! Many of us have had to go to work and leave teenagers and kids at home for remote schooling whether they we ready for this, or not. Some of us have elderly relatives who are at home in self-imposed isolation to stay safe from COVID-19 and because of all this, how thankful we are for remote access to our home security cameras and systems!

No matter where you need to be, the ones that are left at home can be reached in an instant with remote access to your home security system, how comforting is that as a parent or caregiver?

Voice Activation

Last but not least, now that we know through science how germs are spread, using voice activation to control your home, your smarthome, gives you an added buffer of security and safety against an invisible enemy, COVID-19.

No more touching and retouching light switches, curtains, temperature controls, garage door openers, windows, locks, sound systems, home theater controls… With URC smarthome technology everything can be controlled by voice and thus by default becomes touch-free and germ-free!

We are thankful to be able to offer this to our Strand Security customers, both homeowners and families, as well as our commercial customers like restaurants and Grand Strand business owners who need a new way to keep customers and staff safe!

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We Are Thankful For Our Grand Strand Community

We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here! We don’t just work on the Grand Strand , we live here, too. We are thankful to be surrounded by businesses who, like us, care about their customers’ safety and security, and we are glad to be working on several URC integration projects right now to give those businesses that added buffer of safety.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security to you and yours!

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

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