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How To Integrate Your Home and Your Car Systems for Security and Safety

Smarthome Technology for your… Car?

Say what? Can you really integrate your car alarm system with your home security system?

Yes, now you can with Alarm.com and the latest smarthome technology. The program is called ‘Connected Car’. Learn more about it here in this article!

Connect Your Home And Car System

Why would you want to connect your home and car systems? Well, let us count the reasons!

  1. Track a vehicle’s location
  2. View engine status
  3. Analyze fuel efficiency
  4. Connect car and home on one easy-to-use-app

Real Time Car Status

Want to know what is happening with your car, in your car and where it is?

Connected Car offers customers 24/7 awareness—even when the car is parked and the engine is off—thanks to a dedicated cellular connection and backup battery. Now when your elderly parent, the babysitter or your teenager drives the car, you have the data you need for peace of mind!

Driver Safety Alerts

Next, you can monitor your car as it drives. This is great for parents with a new teenaged driver, or an elderly parent, a nanny or if you are a business owner with a fleet of cars driven by employees. You can monitor speed, mileage, location and more.

Trust us, this will be worth every penny!

The Alarm.com Mobile App Connects It All!

Connected Car allows customers to easily track their vehicle’s location, monitor its diagnostic health and receive alerts for speeding, towing and more—all from the Alarm.com mobile app.

APPLE: Download on the App store

ANDROID:Get it on Google Play

How Can You Get Connected Car from Alarm.com?

If you already have an Alarm.com system, it’s as easy as connecting with us at Strand Security. You need a car device that connects with your home system. Easy-peasy. let us know you want it and we will order and install it for you.

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

 

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3 Valentine’s Day Tips To Secure Your Home While You Are Celebrating

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Do You Have Plans for Valentine’s Day?

Happy Valentine’s Day! We wish you a wonderful day with the one you love. How will we spend Valentine’s Day?  We will take time to be with our family!

Valentine’s Day is a great time to stop and thank those we love and those who have a daily impact on our lives.

At Strand Security, we love our customers, we love our staff and we love our community.

Valentine’s Day is a great time to let someone know you care. And what says ‘I care’ more than helping someone stay safe and secure? Here are 3 tips to secure your home while you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, or not!

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 1. Don’t Announce Your Valentine’s Day Plans Online

It seems so simple! Yet many people, teenagers and adults, make this mistake: they will announce their plans to go somewhere, online! Criminals do monitor social media and someone might see your post and know you are away for the day or the evening!

Posting your Valentine’s Day plans online is just not a smart move. Instead, wait until you are home to post pictures or a status.

It’s a simple way to secure your home and we certainly don’t wish a burglary on anyone! Holidays are prime days for criminals: they know people are excited, distracted and often let their guard down. Don’t be that person that is targeted!

2. Arm your System When You Leave

If you have plans to go out and celebrate Valentine’s Day, please remember to do this one thing! Nothing will spoil your day or night quicker than coming home to a home that’s been burglarized!

Before you leave for the day or evening, remember to arm your system. It’s a simple thing to do but an equally simple thing to forget as you rush out the door to make it to a romantic dinner. 😉

Arm your system before you leave and have a fantastic date, worry-free.

3. Arm Your System When You Stay In!

Now if you have prepared a lovely backyard Valentine’s Day dinner, or any other home cooked family meal, don’t forget to arm you home! If you are distracted and busy in the home, you still would want your home to be armed, especially if you are in the backyard, or occupied somewhere in the house not near a entrance way. It’s a good habit to get into: arm your home when you are home!

Valentine’s Day Is All About Love!

Nothing says “I love you” more than keeping those you love safe and sound and caring enough to to action.

If you do not have an alarm system in your home, we encourage you to consider the possibilities! Come talk to us and protect those you love.

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

 

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Crime Happens: How To Deter a Criminal From Targeting You

Crime Happens: How To Deter a Criminal From Targeting You

Crime Happens in Myrtle Beach!

If you live in South Carolina or the Myrtle Beach area, it should come as no surprise to learn that crime happens in our area. We are a transient community with millions of tourists who flock to our shores, and golf courses. That tourist activity invites criminal activity.

Crime happens.

In this article we will give a few tips on how to deter a criminal from target you!

Take Safety and Security Precautions

If a burglar really wants to clean you out and rob you, s/he will and not much will stop them. However, more often than not, criminals will ‘case’ a house and if they see security precautions in place, they will skip you as a target and move on to the next house!

Ways to deter a criminal from targeting your home:

Ways to deter a criminal from targeting your car:

  • install a car alarm
  • lock the doors
  • park it inside your garage
  • or park it on your driveway and install motion-detecting lights.

Next, let’s talk about personal safety!

To Deter Being a Target to Criminals: Look and Act Confident

Always, always, always be aware of your surroundings. Whether you are in a parking lot, busy mall, or going for a run: know who is near you and know where you are going! Looking and acting confident is a good way to deter a criminal from choosing you as their next target.

We further recommend self-defense classes for anyone and all.

The first lesson in self-defense is awareness of your surroundings. Keep your head up, no headphones or talking on your phone while walking in busy places, and know where you are going.

Stopping a robbery or preventing one starts with awareness!

Partner Up with Neighbors and Friends

Last but not least, criminals want an easy target and prefer a lonely target.

When running, or shopping, try to team up with a neighbor or friend.

At the same time, starting a neighborhood watch program is a great way to look out for one another. Sharing information with neighbors about potential criminal activity, and letting your neighbors know when you are away can also prevent crime. Partnering up is a smart way to keep yourself safe and secure.

When Crime Does Happen

If you have an alarm system, and it’s monitored, even if a crime does happen, you have the peace of mind that help is on the way! We highly recommend a monitored system which will alert authorities, in the event you are incapacitated. This can save lives as second, minutes count when crime happens!

If you have concerns about your security or personal safety, comes talk to us. We can customize a system that works for your home, your family or your business!

We are only a phone call away.

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

 

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Home Security Trends To Watch for in 2021

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Happy 2021! While we may not all be happy where we are in this pandemic, at least we can say there seems to be a light at the end of the (long) tunnel.

The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic has affected everything we do.

How and where we

  • work
  • learn
  • shop
  • live

The housing market is booming, and so is marketing, outdoor equipment sales and home improvement, just to name a few industries!

In contrasts, the airline industry is in trouble, along with travel and restaurants.

We are seeing new trends and new technology take hold because of the changed circumstances we live in. Today, we’d like to look at 4 home security trends to look for in 2021!

1. Increased Demand for Home Security in 2021

Indeed! This trends that started in 2020 due to the Pandemic will continue far into 2021. As people spend more time at home, they want to improve their home. Increased demand for home security systems will continue far into 2021. Combine this with the increased home sales as people move out of cities to new places due to the ability to work remote and you have a ‘perfect storm’ and more people looking to connect with a local home security company!

2. Increased Demand for Home Smarthome Technology

As we all continue to spend more time at home, we want smarthome technology! Why not, right? What does this mean? Automation for daily tasks, mostly.

Connecting things like your thermostat, lights, security system, security cameras, shades and audio system so that you can automate through programming, as well as use voice commands to complete tasks. Amazing and smart!

3. Demand  for Simplicity and Integration of Smarthome Devices

While the demand for smarthome technology has increased, so has the demand for simpler ways to use and integrate these systems. As children, teenagers as well as elderly relatives are home alone more, the need to keep things simple is evident. Brands are looking to simplify technology with the end user in mind.

It has to be simple and easy to use. User-friendly apps, easy-to-read screens and technology integration for technologically challenged seniors are all ways brands are leaning into this trend.

4. Increased Demand for Health-Related Features To Combat Germs Spread

Last but not least, we continue to see an increased demand for health-related features in our home and home security systems, as well as commercial security systems. We’ve seen the need for increased voice-command features so we can be hands-free and germ-free and temperature screening solutions for businesses. As parents continue to work from home and children continue to learn at home, this demand shall continue to increase and evolve.

2021 Home Security Trends

While this is not a complete list, we are confident that these trends are on-point. Most likely we will see an increased demand in home security systems as more people are relocating. The Myrtle Beach and South Carolina Real Estate market has exploded. So many people who used to be geographically bound due to jobs, are now free to live wherever they wish. Many are choosing the Grand Strand for their new home.

We welcome you and your family!

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How to Connect With the Right Home Security Company

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Are You Looking for a Home Security Company?

When moving to a new town or state or when you purchase a new home, it might be time to find a home security company to help you navigate the security and safety concerns of your new home.

How do you go about vetting the many choices of home security companies to find the one that is right for you?

This article will give you a few tips to get you moving in the right direction. Ultimately, it’s up to you to find and connect with the best fit and the best company to protect your home and family!

Connecting with the Right Home Security Company

When it’s time to choose a home security company to install and maintain your security system, understand you should always focus more attention on customers service and brand quality, than on price.

Ultimately, just about anyone with a screwdriver can hang a security camera – but it’s the knowledge and years of experience that will tell a professional where to hang that camera and to what system to connect it, as well as diagnose system failures or service interruptions.

Connecting with the right security company means connecting with a company that is interested and invested in your community and will serve your community for years to come.

Here is how we would start a search to connect with the right home security company.

1 Research ‘Local Home Security Company’ Online

Before leaving your home, and don’t we all want to avoid that these days, start your research online. Google ‘local home security company’ and add your location if needed.

Look for websites, Google reviews, social media presence, online reviews and images.

Create a list of several local home security companies.

2 Ask For Referrals from Friends and Neighbors

Next, ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. Don’t just ask ‘Who do you use?’ but ask them questions about WHY they picked that local business and what they love about working with them. Ask them what services they’ve contracted for and how responsive that company is when an emergency arises!

3 Keep an Eye Out for Service Vehicles and Signs in your Area

Last but not least, keep an eye out for service vehicles in your neighborhood. When you take your dog for a walk, try to find signs. When you take a bike ride with your family, look for those service vehicles. take note of which ones are helping your neighbors with their home security needs!

4 Pick Up The Phone and Call

Now that you have developed a list of potential local home security companies you want to give your business to, pick up the phone and call! There is no substitute for a phone call inquiring about services!

You will know pretty quickly if you are getting what is ‘advertised’ so to speak!

Does a human answer the phone? If you got the answering service or a machine, how quickly, if at all, was your call returned? Did you get answers to your questions and a friendly human on the line? Move this company to the top of your list!

5 Prioritize Your Needs and Wishes

Once you have a top 3 of local home security companies you potentially want to work with, make a list of services you need now, and additional services they offer that you are interested in for a future project.

That could includes additional services like

Choose Locally Owned and Locally Operated!

One more point to drive home. We highly recommend asking each potential business if they are locally owned and locally operated. Supporting your local businesses in 2021 is more important than ever. 

If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, in Horry County or in Georgetown County, we invite your to give us a call!

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

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