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What if a Panic Button Could Save Your Life or That of a Loved One?

Panic Buttons Are Not Just for Seniors!

Who doesn’t remember the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial? Did you know these LifeCall commercials started running on TV in 1987?

Be honest, when we say ‘panic button’ is that the image you have? This ‘panic button’ for LIfeCall was for a medical alert system.

This same concept of ‘instant alert’ is now affordable and available to anyone, anywhere and anytime, for both personal and commercial use. Let’s look at some user stories of panic buttons and how they are NOT just for senior citizens!

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Hospital Staff and Panic Buttons!

After a rise in aggressive patient behavior during the Covid pandemic, a Missouri hospital took seemingly drastic steps to keep their staff safe and secure by providing panic buttons!

From the video:

After an increasing number of patients became violent at Cox Medical Center in Missouri staff members were given personal panic buttons. The buttons use a GPS tracking system so security can locate employees when they are in trouble.

Banks and Panic Buttons!

You’ve seen this in movies, for sure, but did you know panic buttons at banks are standard?

This is how panic buttons at banks work:

Banks can hide a silent-alarm button on the side of a desk, under the teller counter or inside a safe. Some companies offer emergency buttons disguised as a key fob or a pendant. As soon as an employee flips the switch, it triggers the control panel at the alarm company. Some companies let the bank designate special buttons for particular emergencies. One button can be set to tell the company to send for paramedics rather than police, for example.

Gas Station and Panic Buttons!

In this article about gas station safety, panic buttons are mentioned as a ‘must-have’ safety net. Often, gas station attendants work alone. Personal safety is important when a co-worker is not available as a back up.

  • Make sure the panic button is within reach. There should be a panic button installed at the clerk counter in case of an emergency, such as theft or gunfire. Make sure that you know exactly where it is and that you can access it easily.

Heather’s Armed Robbery Story

Heather of Strand Security knew the importance of panic buttons. Her husband had his own security company and she’s begged her boss (at a retail store) to install panic buttons.

He did not.

Read Heather’s story of survival when she was robbed at gunpoint. She credits a high school self-defense class as helping her survive. She also knows that if she’d had a panic button to push, she might not have had to fight for her life!

Panic Buttons at Home. They Can Save Your Life or That of a Loved One

If you have already have a security system in place, and have 24/7 monitoring of your system, adding panic buttons is an easy way to add another layer of security!

Place the panic button in your bathroom or bedroom, basement or any place you want. Ask us and we ca help you chose the best spots!

We can also supply you with a portable, wearable panic button. NOTE: These will only work when your system is enabled, of course. Another reason to always arm your system!

Call us to start a conversation about panic buttons!

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

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Summer Vacation, Here We Go!

As we write this article, springtime is quickly taken over by summer weather, and summer activities are here to stay for the next few months in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is a great place to work and live and even if you don’t travel far to take a break, there are plenty of gorgeous places to visit on the Grand Strand.

Last year, during our 10th business anniversary, we highlighted South Carolina and the Grand Strand on grand scale! We love this community : we live and work right here alongside you, our customers.

Summer is one of the best times to ‘play’ and be out and about. But before you do, make a safety and security plan. There is no sense in going out to play only to come back to a home that’s been burglarized or vandalized!

Keeping an Eye On Your Home While On Vacation

In this recent blog article on the Strand Security blog, we gave our readers and customers 5 ways to prevent a break in while away on vacation. Preventing a crime is always better than a clean up afterwards.

A home invasion, or a burglary will bring forth all sorts of headache, least of all the feeling of your home and privacy being violated by criminals.

Take these 5 actionable tips before going away this summer!

Monitor a Home While On Vacation with a Mobile App

When you do go away this summer, due to a vacation (or an unexpected hurricane!), monitoring your home from any location will give you peace of mind.

In order to monitor your home, you will need security cameras installed – Strand Security is happy to consult with you on what type of cameras are best for your home, or business.

Wouldn’t you love to know what’s happening in-real-time in and around your home?

You can!

Get the New and Updated Honeywell Total Connect App

Total Connect 2.0 App by Honeywell

Isn’t it time to check out all you can do with the Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 App? Download it today to control and remotely manage your garage doors, thermostats, lights, locks, video doorbell, cameras, and more.

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Do you have questions about Honeywell, smarthome technology or any other integration? Our doors are always open. We will be happy to help you monitor your home from afar, or we will monitor it for you!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 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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You Can Thank Your Lucky Stars Or Hire The Best Security Company

How Lucky Do You Feel?

Accidents and attacks happen in mere seconds. People get mugged, attacked, and robbed daily. Businesses get vandalized and their employees robbed and you might never have known about it unless it made the news.

Within precious seconds, or even in the blink of an eye, something can happen to you or a loved one that will alter the rest of your life.

How well you are prepared often dictates the outcome!

The more prepared you are for the potential of a natural disaster, personal attack, accident, home invasion, fire or another emergency, the better off you are.

Leaving it all “to chance” is one sure way to set yourself and your loved ones up for failure and a negative outcome.

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Do You Want Your Security To Be ‘Lucky’ or Scientific?

If you’ve never been

  • attacked
  • robbed
  • vandalized
  • in a fire
  • under attack
  • in an accident

count your lucky stars!

Each year, millions of Americans deal with the aftermath of personal disasters like accidents, home invasions, fires, attacks, vandalism and more.

Let us look at some statistics and scientific data next, to find if preparation for an emergency can make a difference.

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Facts and Data Don’t Lie!

We contract with C.O.P.S Monitoring Services and this is why!

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This means that when you do have a home or business emergency, help is on the way instantly, even if you are incapacitated due to injury, smoke inhalation, an attack or another emergency!

Safewise states: “Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home.”

How is this for a statistic: “Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.” It’s easy to prepare and to make sure to lock up every night to prevent burglaries.

Don’t Leave It To Luck. Hire The Best Security Company Now!

We are on standby to help you and yours.

Your security is our business here at Strand Security and we take it very seriously.

We are a locally owned and locally operated business and we want nothing more than help to protect those whom you love and that what you’ve worked so hard for!

Come to talk to us and learn the difference.

We Are Thankful For Our Customers!

We wouldn’t be where we are today without our loyal customers.

To our current customers, we’d like to say “We enjoy doing business with you and thank you for your patronage.” For those who are not customers yet; “What are you waiting for?” Pick up the phone and give us a call!

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

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Are You Looking For A New Home Security System?

You might be in the market for a new home security system if you

  • recently moved to the Grand Strand
  • just bought a new home
  • currently are in the process of building a new home
  • are the victim of a recent crime
  • found your home burglarized
  • have watched the crime rate in your neighborhood explode
  • not long ago had a baby
  • changed jobs

Changes in lifestyle, location or family life all contribute to a search for added security.

You’ve Got Home Security Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Who should you go to when you have questions about an existing system, or if you are interested in purchasing a home security system for the first time?

A local, locally owned and locally operated home security system provider has all the answers to any of your pressing questions, of course!

In the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area, Strand Security is the company that fits that bill. We serve customers in both Georgetown County and Horry County.

We have an active Facebook Page where we can answer questions, but better yet, we are available by phone or service email anytime!

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Security

Here are some questions we get frequently.

Read these answers and many more on our Strand Security blog. We are glad you are here already; did you know we have nearly four years of articles and information available for you to research?

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

If you are ready to go ahead and purchase a home security system, here are 9 questions to ask your home security provider.

We’d be happy to help you keep your home safe and secure for those you love!

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Are you licensed?
  3. What equipment (brands) do you use?
  4. Who monitors your systems?
  5. What is the average response time to emergencies?
  6. How much is the install?
  7. What is my overall cost?
  8. Will I get a yard sign and window decals?
  9. Does your system help me qualify for a home insurance discount?

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How To Find the Best Home Security Deals

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You Want The Best Home Security Your Money Can Buy, Right?

Of course, you do! Who wouldn’t want to check out the best home security deals in town?

We at Strand Security understand that, like us, you work hard for your money and you need to stretch that income as far as you can. You need a deal! The best deal! You need to find the best home security deals your hard-earned money can buy.

Where do you start?

We’ve compiled a list of places for you to look for the best home security deals – check it out!

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Ask Your Neighbors for Security Company Recommendations

Ask your direct neighbors which security company they use, for sure, but next time you talk a walk with Fido, go for a run, or drive your car home from the grocery store, pay attention to the little signs in your neighbor’s yards!

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Ask your Local Friends for the Best Home Security Deals

Are you on Facebook? Do some crowdsourcing and ask your local friends via Facebook to recommend a local security company.
Do you have friends who live in a different neighborhood? Ask them who they use.
If any of your friends own a business, ask them what local security company they use.

Do a Google Search for the Best Home Security Deals

Google is your friend! Do a simple Google search for ‘best home security deals’ or ‘home security company’ or something similar. Compile a list of companies who serve your location. Be aware that those who run Google ads will be listed first. Just because they pay to market doesn’t make them the best fit for your needs. Check beyond the first few and compile a list of at least five choices. Next, check to see if any of these companies have (positive) Google reviews.

Check Web Presence of Local Security Companies

Once you have a list of local security companies, we suggest checking out their web presence. Look for an ‘about’ page, location map, brands they use, a blog (like this one) and pictures and/or videos. If you can’t find a website, skip them.

Check Social Media Presence of Local Security Companies

While on the website, click through to their social media channels. Look for a Facebook Page to start and see if they have any (positive) Facebook reviews. Check to see if it is active, what is posted and when they last posted and maybe send a message to the page to check response time. Online customer service should be expected, not be the exception.

Check with your Local Chamber for Local Security Companies

Once you have your list, cross-reference your list with the local chamber. Locally owned companies are most likely active in the community and active with the local chamber. This should not be a dealbreaker by any means. However, we think you should give those who are members an extra gold star. 😉

Select and Call Local Security Companies

Now that you are pretty certain you have a solid list of local security companies, call each and everyone to find the best home security deal.
Pay attention to the following when placing a call.

  • phone etiquette
  • call return time
  • overall customer service
  • friendliness
  • quality of information
  • the quantity of information

“If someone doesn’t treat each and every potential customer with respect, that same person will not treat a customer with respect either.”

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

 

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