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I Live in a Safe Neighborhood; Do I Still Need a Security System?

How do you protect your home?

How Do You Protect Your Home?

No matter what town or city you live in, some neighborhoods just have a better reputation than others. If you happen to be one of the lucky people to reside in a known ‘safe’ neighborhood, do you still need a security system for your home? What about if your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch, or a security patrol? How about if your neighborhood has a safety patrol as well as fences and 24/7 security guards at the gates?

Who protects your home when you are not around? Trust Strand Security to install your security system and monitor your home or business!

These are questions we get asked often and today we will answer them for you!

What Do You Should Know About Your Neighborhood Security

If your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch, a security patrol, or security guards, more often than not these are ‘governed’ (and paid) through your homeowners association. To find answers and details about your neighborhood’s security, contacting your HOA is the first step we recommend. If you do not have an HOA or neighborhood watch, information about crime rates in your area should be available through your local police department.

I live in a safe neighborhood; do I still need a security system?

From your HOA, you should be able to get details on

  • hours of patrol
  • where (specific route/streets) the patrols take place
  • manpower
  • security cameras
  • neighborhood/community access restrictions

and more.

 

Details and stats on previous break-ins (cars and homes), vandalism and other issues should be recorded somewhere in the HOA meeting minutes if they have been discussed. We certainly recommend that your community management company is upfront and forthcoming with details about these issues as information becomes available.

For example, if there was a rash of overnight car break-ins, you’d want to know so you can double check your own vehicles that following night, correct? Does your HOA send out an email blast when this occurs? There has to be a way your HOA communicates with you and your neighbors about safety issues.

So step one is to find out how easy it is to get access to your community and neighborhood and what the crime rate is in your neighborhood.

Your Neighbors’ Security Habits

Next up, ask your direct neighbors about past crimes on your street and in your neighborhood. Especially if you are new to the neighborhood, getting this information is vital to your own security planning. We also recommend you not only ask your neighbors, but also watch their behavior.

  • Do garages stay open all day, or do people keep them closed?
  • Do your neighbors have dogs?
  • Do your neighbors bring their garbage cans back to their house?
  • Do your neighbors pick up their mail and newspapers daily?
  • Do your neighbors have security company signs in their yards?
  • Are there any strangers walking and driving around on your street?
  • How many work vans and unmarked vehicles do you see on any given day on your street?

If it sounds and feels like your neighbors feels secure, you need to figure out what makes your own home feel secure to you.

Neighbors protected by Strand Security Protected by SS 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it sounds and feels like your neighbors don’t feel secure in your neighborhood, you not only need to address your home security, but also your neighborhood security with your HOA or local police department. We encourage you te get involved and be an active participant in your overall security. Protect the ones you love!

A Home Security System Gives You Peace of Mind

Whether you live in a 24/7 guarded neighborhood, or in a high crime neighborhood, break-ins happen, everywhere. To keep you and your loved ones safe, invest in a home security system and you have the peace of mind to know that help is on the way immediately if something were to happen to your home!

Talk to us if you aren’t sure what system to get for your (new) home.

If you are a first time home buyer, check out this Ultimate First-Time Home Owner Security Check List.

Contact Strand Security today

Our Assets Are Monitored By COPS!

The Importance of a Security System

Our assets are monitoed by COPS monitoring because they are the best!

If you have assets, you want to protect them, right?

By assets we mean

  • family
  • employees
  • house(s)
  • office building(s)/store(s)
  • boat(s)
  • car(s)
  • business fleet

The best way to protect your assets is by securing them before disaster strikes.

This can be done with a security system, security cameras and GPS (vehicle) tracking.

Your Security Is As Good As Who Monitors It!

But guess what?

Yes, there’s a BUT in there…

Your security is ONLY as good as who monitors it.

That’s why here at Strand Security in Myrtle Beach and in Maryland, we rely on the BEST monitoring company ‘COPS Monitoring’ to help us protect our customers!

COPS Monitoring’s goal is to deliver an average priority alarm response time of 25 seconds or less.

In 2015, COPS annual average priority response time was 17.8 seconds!

Isn’t that a response rate you would want to have in time of emergency?

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COPS is Simply The Best!

We partner with COPS Monitoring because they are the best in what they do and offer.

This is mainly so because their dispatchers!

COPS dispatchers are

  • hand-picked across 6 different regions across the US
  • best suited for their positions
  • drug tested
  • background checked
  • highly trained
  • confident
  • courteous
  • professional
  • helping to safeguard our customers
  • helping to uphold our reputation

and they help us keep you safe and secure 24/7, 365 days per year!

Our assets are monitored by COPS monitoring, the BEST monitoring station in the industry.

Why We Love and Work With COPS To Monitor Our Customers

While we consult with you, install your alarm system and maintain it, COPS Monitoring is who is keeping you safe!

COPS Monitoring is also part of the ESA, the Electronic Security Association which is the largest trade association in the United States!

COPS also has active ‘Paying it Forward’ campaigns running which are great for the communities these campaigns touch!

However, COPS states that ultimately, these campaigns of paying it forward pays them back because employees end up with a more positive attitude, higher productivity, better attendance and less turnover!

Their tagline reads ‘Our people make the difference.‘ and we wholeheartedly agree!

COPS offers

  • security alarm monitoring
  • fire alarm monitoring
  • personal two-way monitoring
  • video monitoring
  • environmental, process and custom monitoring

In 2014, COPS Monitoring received the Central Station Alarm Association’s (CSAA) Central Station of the Year award. The CSAA is a trade association representing companies providing Central Station protection services.

The award recognizes outstanding companies who perform in the highest professional manner, thereby making a significant contribution to the betterment of the alarm industry and the alarm profession while demonstrating exceptional service to their customers and community.

How You Can Have The Best Monitoring Service?

It’s easy!

Connect with us at Strand Security and get the best!
We will ‘hook you up’ with COPS Monitoring for peace of mind and the best security monitoring in the industry!

Contact Strand Security today

Apple Music on Sonos Speakers

Sonos And Apple Join Forces

Apple Music on SONOS Speakers

There is a new way to listen to your favorite songs on your Sonos sound system! Sonos has the competitive edge with Apple Music! At least 6.5 million people use it and now with Apple Music integration, you will have more options for music. What better way to listen to that music than on your Sonos multi-room audio system!

We at Strand Security have introduced Sonos to you before. We have also invited you to come experience the audio system first hand in our state of the art showroom. Now, if you have missed out on our introduction in the past, we are going to review Sonos again. Because this product is the best, we can’t help it. 😉

 

Sonos

Sonos are powered speakers that can stream music anywhere in your house. The speakers can be located in as many different zones in the house as you want, and can play the same music across all zones, or different music in different zones. How cool it that. Many business owners use Sonos speakers in their establishments such as restaurants and retail stores!

Sonos makes a variety of sizes that can compliment any area you prefer.

The speakers are wireless and transport clear and polished HiFi sound.

The speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services, which now includes Apple music!

You can use the Sonos app on your PC, tablet or smartphone to control the music. The Sonos app allows you to explore, play, and control music, to your preference!

Sonos has the most diverse speakers and is the most sophisticated music streaming system.

Visit Strand Security of Myrtle Beach to get a live look at how Sonos works.

Sonos was featured as a product of the month in our showroom!

Now that we have reintroduced Sonos, lets discuss Apple music…

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Apple Music

Apple Music is a new streaming music service. Instead of downloading music, you can now stream music with Apple. Similar to competitors like Pandora, you’ve heard of them, right?

Some might have been worried that they would have to change out their Sonos speakers for some Apple friendly audio streaming systems. But, no worries now! By the end of 2015 Sonos devices started streaming and playing Apple Music.

“For Apple Music Members, the collection you own and love is just the beginning. Now you can also listen to the tens of millions of tracks in the Apple Music library. Our dedicated team of experts is here to help you find new music to love. Enjoy recommendations handpicked just for you or explore everything they find that’s new and noteworthy in the world of music. It’s all yours.” 

For more information on Apple Music, click here.

For help setting up Apple Music, use the following steps…

  • Open the Sonos app
  • Click on “Settings” then “Advanced Settings”
  • Click “Beta Program”
  • Click “Join the Beta Program”
  • Update the Sonos system
  • Add Apple Music from the “Add Music Services” menu

Now that you can stream the best songs with Apple Music on your Sonos speakers, why not show off a little! With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, your sound system would help you throw the tailgate party of the century! 

 

Smart Homeowners Get SmartHome Demos in Myrtle Beach

Strand Security Wants You to Visit Their New Showroom in Myrtle Beach

Are you interested in making an investment for your home, but are unsure if it is right for you? Would you like to see up close and personal how your investment will work, before you spend your hard earned cash?

Strand Security wants you to know exactly what you are getting into if you purchase from them. That is why they have set up a showroom that will guide you through the ins and outs of products such as… Sonos, the BEAM Central Vac, Honeywell Total Connect, and Z-Wave.

 

Smart Homeowners get SmartHome Demos in Myrtle Beach

Therefore, if you are interested in these products, take a look at the following brief overviews and then come into our showroom in Murrells Inlet for a detailed look and demonstration. Just give us a call at (843) 318-6392 to let us know you are coming!

BETTER WITH SONOS SPEAKERS

SONOS IN OUR SHOWROOM

New to our showroom are Sonos speakers! We are now an authorized Sonos dealer, how neat is that?
Listed by Oprah on her 2015 gift guide, Sonos speakers are amazing. Easy to set up and easy to use.

“Sonos is the smart speaker system that streams all your favorite music to any room, or every room. Control your music with one simple app, and fill your home with pure, immersive sound.”

This speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services. Sonos have a versatile design and can easily fit anywhere in your house that you want music. Control the music with the Sonos app on your tablet, PC or smartphone.

Visit our showroom to see Sonos in action!

Why you need a central vacuum in your home

BEAM Central Vac

Contemplating a central vacuum? We will SHOW you, in our SHOW ROOM!

This is why you should install a BEAM central vac…

Central vacuums are convenient! Are you sick of dragging a heavy and awkward canister vacuum around the house and even up the stairs?  Give your back a break and install a central vacuum. Another added bonus, the central vac canister only needs emptied about 2 to 3 times a year! They are also economical to install and will add value to the home. “Homebuyers are willing to pay 11-25% more for healthier homes.”

Central vacs improve indoor air quality! “BEAM central vac removes 100% of contacted dirt and dust. Only Beam is clinically proven to reduce allergy symptoms by up to 61%.”

Keeping your teenage driver safe on the roads

Honeywell Total Connect

Stay connected and in control with Honeywell Total Connect.

“With Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services, you can stay connected and in control of your home or business whenever you want, wherever you are. Control your security system, receive important alerts and true system status in real-time. How about tracking your teen? Sure you can! You can also view live video and remotely control Z-Wave enabled thermostats, lighting and locks on the same mobile devices you use each and every day.”

Isn’t it time to stop by our showroom and learn how to get connected?

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Z-Wave

What can you do with Z-Wave? With Z-Wave you can do plenty!
Strand Security of Myrtle Beach  can show you all about this product in their brand-new showroom!  “Z-Wave is a world-standard wireless technology that lets all your electronics talk to each other, and to you, via remote control.”  You can control lights, electrical outlets, fans, shades, drapes, irrigation, thermostats, security systems, door locks and more. 
Z-WAVE IS THE LEADING SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY THAT IS INSIDE EVERYDAY PRODUCTS LIKE LIGHTS, LOCKS, THERMOSTATS AND MUCH MORE.”
Z-WAVE will conserve energy, keep your home secure, and make home life more convenient and comfortable.

Check out Strand Security’s new showroom and we will demo any of the above products!

Contact Strand Security today

 

How To Prevent Holiday Home Disasters

How To Prevent Holiday Home Disasters

Holiday Threats

Holidays are the most wonderful time of the year! Its a time to give thanks, a time to give, a time for family, a time for travel, and a time for smiles.

Unfortunately there are several threats that can happen over the holidays that can put a damper on your holiday partying. We do not want to be the doom and gloom for this holiday season, but Strand Security wants all of our Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand and Maryland families to be safe for the holidays.

That is why we have come up with four common mistakes that can be prevented in order to assure you and your family have the safest, most wonderful time of the year!

How To Prevent Holiday Home Disasters

Prevent Identity Theft

The amount of shopping done during the holiday season puts us at greater risk for identity theft. With technology, more shopping is being done online, as well as applying for new credit over the internet. This all leads to a greater exposure to identity theft.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers lost more than $1.6 billion to fraud in 2013.

5 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft

  1. Monitor your accounts. Make sure all charges add up to what you have spent.
  2. Use credit cards, not debit cards or checks. Under the Fair Credit Billing Act and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, you are not liable for fraudulent purchases with a credit card.
  3. Stay secure when shopping online.
  4. Watch the point of sale. “Skimmers” are devices that can be used to steal information by placing them on a card reader.
  5. Check your credit card statements at the beginning of January.

Prevent Holiday Break-ins

The amount of break-ins rise during the holiday season as a result of peoples increased financial needs. Close to 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the holiday months. Motive for the rise in this rate may be a result of wanting to provide gifts and food for loved ones.

10 Ways To Protect Your House During The Holidays

  1. Display holiday gifts and valuables away from windows. Burglars are looking for gifts under the trees! Do not leave empty gift boxes on the curb for pickup.
  2. Keep some lights on (best to use timers or motion sensitive lights) to make it appear as if someone is home.
  3. Install a security system and advertise the fact that you have one.
  4. Install security cameras. If you are lucky, maybe you will get some footage of Santa and his reindeer.
  5. Leave the TV or stereo on while gone.
  6. Keep the garage door closed and locked.
  7. Add stoppers to the windows and deadbolt locks to the doors.
  8. Do not make it obvious if you are going to be traveling during the holidays. This includes not announcing your plans on social media!
  9. Do not allow for mail and newspapers to build up. Ask a neighbor to collet items that may buildup outside.
  10. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed.

***If you want a security system, but can’t afford one right now… apply here! We are giving away THREE security alarm systems in the month of December!

Prevent A Christmas Tree Fire

A Christmas tree can become fully engulfed in flames within seconds. “Christmas trees were the first items ignited in about 200 fires annually between 2010 and 2012, resulting in 10 deaths, 20 injuries, and about $17 million in property loss, according to the Safety Commission.”

Scary? Sure!
Here are

6 Ways to Prevent A Christmas Tree Fire

  1. Always turn off the lights on trees and other decorations when you are asleep or not at home.
  2. Remove all wrapping paper from fireplace areas.
  3. Water your tree daily.
  4. Never light candles within the vicinity of a tree.
  5. Never use any electrical source such as a electric heater next to a tee.
  6. When purchasing your tree, make sure it is not dry.

Prevent a Cooking Fire

Cooking is a big and enjoyable part of the holidays! Families come together from all over to join together for their traditional holiday feasts.

Not to make light of the situation, but if your cooking is anything like mine, you may want to pay close attention to this next tidbit.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires. Unattended cooking is the cause of almost 90 percent of kitchen fires. Every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire.

9 Ways to Prevent a Kitchen Fire

  1. Keep anything flammable such as pot holders, paper or plastic bags, or towels away from your stove top and oven.
  2. Prevent grease buildup by cleaning surfaces regularly.
  3. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  4. Stay in the kitchen when frying, broiling, or grilling.
  5.  Purchase a fire extinguisher and keep it in your kitchen.
  6. Always check to make sure all appliances are off before leaving the home or going to bed.
  7. Avoid wearing loose clothing that can dangle over the hot stove.
  8. Use a timer to remind you of when your dish is complete.
  9. Smoke alarms save lives! A smoke alarm should be installed in your kitchen, as well as on each level of your home and inside and outside of each bedroom.

 

A little advice can go a long way and Strand Security wants you to have the most enjoyable time of the year!

Don’t forget to nominate someone for our Security Alarm Give-Away here!

Contact Strand Security today

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