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5 Fall Home Security Tips for Homeowners

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Fall Is Here!

If you live in South Carolina in the Myrtle Beach area, it doesn’t FEEL like fall, but when you check the calendar, it tells us it is Fall indeed!

As I write this it’s 90F and sunny, hot and humid.

No jackets or long sleeves for us, but more of what we’ve been wearing since March; shorts and t-shirts!

Whether you love it or hate it, there will be an end to this summer weather and October is a great month to get your home ready for winter.

Get Ready For Cooler Temperatures!

As we get ready for cooler temperatures, homeowners should consider a few chores to get their home ready for winter.

Preparing a home for cooler weather in Fall and warmer weather in Spring is smart.

Putting off these types of chores might result in minor emergencies with regards to equipment, heating and cooling systems as well as security.

Here are 5 Fall Home Security Tips

Homeowners, get your list ready!

1) Get Your Chimney Inspected and Swept

If you have a working fireplace in your home, you should get your chimney swept every year.

A build-up of soot can cause fires.

From an earlier article we published we learn that

The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.

Today is as good as any day to make that appointment!

2) Make an Appointment to Have Your HVAC serviced

At some point in the next few months, you will be turning the switch on your HVAC system from ‘cooling’ to ‘heating’.

Is your system prepared?

Get an inspection and service scheduled today. Fall is a great time to get everything working right so on that first day you turn on the heat, you do not have to call and get an emergency visit from your HVAC provider.

Maintenance and periodic testing prevent emergency calls, on any system, including your home security system!

3) Lock Your Windows

If your home has screens for summer and storm windows for winter, you’ll be changing those out this season.

When you do, do NOT forget to lock your windows back up.

Unlocked windows are a way many burglars gain access to homes!

When asked this is what convinced felons had to say:

How did you typically break into a home or apartment?

Most inmates broke in through an unlocked door or window.

Whenever you or a service provider work on your windows, always double-check that your windows have been re-locked once the task is done.

4) Add Outdoor Lighting as Days Get Shorter

Fall is when we experience the end of daylight saving time. In 2019, that day is Sunday, November 3.

When Daylight Saving Time ends, our evenings immediately become a lot darker, a lot longer!

Fall is, therefore, a great time to review your outdoor lighting.

  • Do you have lights on sensors and/or timers?
  • How well-lit, is your outdoor space; would a burglar want to approach your home, or would they rather skip by because of the visibility?

If it’s dark around your home, add lights on timers and/or sensors.

5) Remove Yard Debris Frequently

Nothing says ‘I am not home a lot’ and ‘Come on in’ as leaving your front and backyards full of debris.

That includes

  • leaves
  • twigs/dead branches
  • toys
  • tools
  • unused equipment
  • broken furniture

and more!

A well-groomed yard conveys the message that a caring homeowner lives in the house! More often than not, that’s the house a burglar will skip!

Caring homeowners often have security systems and cameras installed, and those are the last thing a burglar wants to see!

Additional Fall Home Security Tips

In a previous article, we touched on several other tips for the homeowner.

Check them out here.

Go out and spend some time outdoors.

Enjoy the season and use caution around your home!

Clean up, test and maintain the systems that will keep you safe when an emergency arises.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Debunking The 3 Most Prevalent Home Security Myths

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Debunking Home Security Myths

Everyone is a security expert. Sure, we all know what’s best for our home, our family, right?

Wrong!

We’ve been fed all sorts of lies and myths about how to keep our loved ones safe and secure.

Today, we will debunk three such lies!

Listen up, and take action if you aren’t as safe as you thought you were.

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‘Burglaries Only Happen At Night’. That’s a Myth!

Most burglaries happen during the day.

Most burglaries happen during the hours of 10 AM – 2 PM.

That’s right! When you are away at work, running errands or busy at school, burglars are prowling your neighborhood, casing places to rob.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that bad things only happen once it gets dark!

There are simple ways to prevent you from becoming the next victim of a home robbery.

Here are three simple ways to prevent daytime robberies:

  1. Lock up your home, even during the day
  2. Set your alarm system each and every time you leave your home
  3. Vary your routine; don’t be too predictable

‘Burglars Ignore Security Signs’. That’s a Myth!

When asked what they look for when casing a home to rob, burglars responded with this:

  • Signs of a security system
  • Signs of dogs in the home
  • Signs of people home during the day

When they see these signs, they move on to a home that is easier to get into.

Burglars do not want to ‘work’ for it. They want an easy target and no hassle. If they see home security signs, that by itself is often enough for them to move on to their next target!

‘Burglars Plan Where They Will Strike’. That’s a Myth!

Most burglars go where they see an opportunity. They do not plan their ‘route’ or their house. Sure, some burglars do case joints. But that’s it.

They go where they see windows open, no cars in the driveway, people leaving in a hurry, garbage cans or mail or packages sitting in the driveway or on the front doorstep, indicating someone is away for an extended amount of time.

Burglars will look like a normal delivery person, or a friendly would-be neighbor walking a dog on your street.

Most burglars do not wear masks or disguises and you won’t be able to know what they are up to if you’d meet them in the street. Do not give them a reason to stop at your home.

What’s Your Next Move To Secure Your Home?

Do these three things:

  1. Always lock all doors and windows
  2. Arm your system every time you leave your home
  3. Place signage near your home to deter would-be burglars

Do all of these and the chance of your home being targeted by burglars will have significantly gone down!

As always, we are here to help you!

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

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5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Security System Now

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Security Systems Need Updating

Say what?

Just like your smartphone, your computer, and any other tech gadgets you may own, your security system needs upgrading too!

In this article, we will look at five reasons to upgrade your security system.

Whether you live in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand, somewhere else in South Carolina or elsewhere in the world, technology needs to be upgraded from time to time and upgrading your security system is not just a matter of convenience but a matter of your personal safety and security!

While there may be more than five reasons to upgrade your security system, we are going to look at these five most common reasons to help you decide whether to upgrade or leave it for a bit longer.

Upgrade Your Security System Now If Its Older Than 5 Years

If you have a security system that was installed more than 5 years ago, it’s time to upgrade. Technology advances in the last five years make many devices and some epquipment absolete or outdated. There are newer and better cameras, systems, apps and other updates that will make your system run more smoothly.

Just like your car needs a tune-up, your security system does as well.

We aren’t saying you need to replace your system; upgrading the systems and adding some newer parts and equipment is most likely all you will need.

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If Your Family Dynamics Have Changed

If you were single or married without children, or married with small children, or married and now are single, or you have babies, toddlers or teenagers – any changes to your family dynamics warrant an upgrade to your security system.

Reason being that new people might be using your system, and you are now monitoring different areas of your home.

If your elderly parents have moved in, you might need to upgrade the system to include a panic button, just to name an example.

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If Your System Depends on A Landline

This is a tricky one but important reason to upgrade your system.

Landlines used to be the standard way to install your security system, but criminals have learned to simply identify and cut landlines, leaving your home, and you, vulnerable.

Instead, your system should run on mobile technology on a secure and password-protected network you manage for all your computers and technology.

If you still have a system on a landline, call your security provider today and switch to a new system!

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If You Have No Security Cameras

Security cameras have come a long way.

Security cameras used to be ugly, bulky and huge. In 2019, the choice is yours! Security cameras are sleek, small and hard to detect.

Adding cameras to your home or business is a smart way to monitor what goes on when you are away, from your smartphone or tablet!

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Upgrade Your Security System Now If You Are Planning a Trip

Nothing like upgrading a security system right before a trip. Especially if it a long trip, or a far-away trip. Servicing and upgrading -where-needed before a trip will give you complete peace of mind while you travel.

If you get the right system installed, you will be able to monitor from afar, no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have Wifi! You could be Tahiti, Hawaii or Australia and still know and see what’s happening in your home or business from your device!

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Are You Ready To Upgrade Your Security System?

We at Strand Security can upgrade your system, whether you are a current customer, or not (yet). We’d love to help you navigate the world of security, making sure you get the right equipment, the right system and perfect security set up for years to come!

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

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How To Protect Your Business and Employees from Harm

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Are You a Small Business Owner with Employees?

If you are a small business owner on the Grand Strand, in either Horry County or Georgetown County and you have employees, you know how hard it is to keep good workers around.

The Myrtle Beach area is a fairly transient area. While we have 1400+ new residents moving to the area each month, many don’t plan very well for their move to the Grand Strand. Crime is on the rise in certain areas, and robberies happen.

As a small business owner, you manage your business and you manage your employees. That’s a lot of management and responsibility.

Your main job is to keep your customers happy and your employees safe from harm!

That is where we at Strand Security come in.

While we can’t really create happy customers for your business, we can help protect your business and your employees!

How To Protect a Business and Employees From Harm to the Best of Your Ability

Knowledge is power. We know you know it.

How are you putting this into practice?

Are you educating your staff on safety procedures, first aid, fire safety and more?

Or are you doing only what is required by law?

Happy employees create happy customers. Simple as that!

Let us help you create a safe and secure environment for your employees in order for them to serve your customers with a smile on their face!

Here are 7 Ways to Protect Your Business and Employees from Harm

While this is not a complete list, this is a great place to start!

1) Mandatory Safety Training

Put each new employee through safety training.
That training would include

2) Safety Rules and Regulation Signage

Once each employee has gone through safety training classes/workshops, keep this information fresh in the minds of all who’ve attended by installing safety rules and regulation signage and reminders in your place of business.

3) Update Safety Procedures Quarterly

Bring in an expert at least once per year, but preferably quarterly to update safety procedures.

A 30-minute reminder about rules and regulations goes a long way to keeping everyone safe at work! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

4) Hire Security and Safety Officers

This suggestion is good for certain industries and businesses; not everyone needs a security or safety officer on staff! However, in certain places and certain situations, this suggestion warrants a second look!

5) Install a Monitored Security System

If keeping your employees safe is your # 1 concern in your business, give them and yourself peace of mind and have a professional security company equip your place of business with a monitored security system!

6) Install Security Cameras

In addition to a monitored system, adding security cameras is an even better way to keep your employees out of harm’s way.

7) Install Panic Buttons

Last but not least, a panic button will be one of the best investments your small business can make to ensure the safety of your employees, and yourself at all times. Industries that should consider panic button include, but are not limited to

  • gas stations
  • hotels
  • retail stores
  • jewelry stores
  • liquor stores
  • restaurants
  • banks
  • pawn shops
  • and many others!

Additional Safety Training To Offer

While the following training suggestions aren’t required for most small businesses, we suggest you as the owner provide additional opportunities for your employees to learn these next skills.

Strand Security; Your Security, Our Business!

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

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3 Ways To Protect Your Business Property From a Hurricane

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Hurricane Preparations Start Now!

If you live in the southeast, you should have a hurricane emergency plan.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year and while most hurricanes are active in September and October, a hurricane could develop in the other months.

Hurricane prep for your family, home and business should start now, while the skies are blue and the sun is shining and most people are enjoying the beach.

Doesn’t matter whether you read this in June, July or August – Hurricane prep should be done weeks if not months before a named storm heads your way!

Protecting Your Business Property During a Hurricane

Besides your home and family, your business property will also need looking after during a hurricane.

What steps can you take today, to make that happen and how can you best protect your business property when a hurricane comes to the Grand Strand, or to the place where you reside?

Let’s look at 3 ways you can make an impact today, that will help you secure your business property later!

1) Create a Hurricane Prep Plan For Your Business

Much like a family emergency plan, and a hurricane preparation plan for your family, your business needs one as well.

This written plan should layout how to prepare your building for a hurricane, different scenarios depending on the severity and strength of the hurricane, who will be in charge when the hurricane hits, whom to contact after a hurricane (electric company, water company, contractor, insurance agent), your insurance paperwork and suppliers information and other important details you will need, to keep your business afloat in times of inclement weather.

  • Lists are your friend when things get hectic.
  • Lists will help you stay focused in a time of chaos.
  • Lists can keep you on track to complete all tasks.

You see, panic sets in once the local news stations merely hint at a possible storm, and supplies will be gone before you know it.

As business owners who’ve lived on the Grand Strand nearly 10 years, we’ve seen a few storms head our way and we’ve seen business owners (as well as local residents) be ill-prepared.

Don’t get caught without a plan!

2) Set Up Remote Monitoring For Your Business Property

How scary will it be if you have to evacuate and leave everything you know and love behind?

Super scary! We know first-hand.

However, there are ways you can still keep an eye on your home and business property in case of a storm when you need to hunker down or evacuate; remote monitoring!

We offer this service to monitor your business year-round to

now add

  • monitor during a hurricane

as another reason to get a remote monitoring system installed at your business property!

With this system in place, you can watch in real-time what is happening.

This monitoring becomes vital after a hurricane has come and gone as flooding and looting are two concerns that pop up afterward!

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

3) Order Hurricane Supplies Now

Last but not least, do the following as soon as you can, before any storm hits the Atlantic waters and stirs up the Grand Strand!

  • hire a contractor or handyman to cut boards for your business property windows
  • buy a generator
  • test your current alarm system
  • purchase extra batteries from your security company
  • get your hands on sandbags (Amazon is great for that!)

We’ve been through several hurricanes since moving to the Grand Strand area from Maryland and each one is as unpredictable as the next.

It’s not just the wind and rain you have to account for, but also flooding afterward!

Your Security, Our Business

Come talk to us about hurricane prep!

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

 

 

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