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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.

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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

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The Ultimate Security Checklist for the First Time Homeowner

The Ultimate Security Checklist for the First time Homeowner

Are You Buying Your First Home?

If you, or someone you know, is buying their first home in Myrtle Beach or elsewhere, there are so many things to take care of! It’s exciting to own your own home. It’s also a bit intimidating and scary at times. The responsibility of a mortgage alone can create stress.

Besides working with a Realtor to view and buy a home and a bank to get approved for a mortgage you should also consider a relationship with your local security company!

From Renter to Homeowner: Responsibilities Mount!

  • When you rent a home and you have a leak, you call your landlord.
  • When you own a home and you have a leak, you call your plumber.
  • When you rent a home and your HVAC system breaks, you call your landlord.
  • When you own a home and your HVAC system breaks, you call the HVAC company.

Home maintenance bills mount and all repairs are now on you!

Preventing problems and maintaining a home and property become priority.

Preventing a home invasion, a fire or other disaster should also be high on your to-do list as a new homeowner.

How Your Security Company Can Help!

We at Strand Security have put together this quick check list for the first time homeowner.

Feel free to share it with realtors, friends or family who are purchasing their first home. If you are a seasoned home owner yourself, it wouldn’t hurt to just double check to make sure you are doing everything possible to prevent a break-in or home invasion.

Here is our ultimate ‘Security Check List for the First Time Homeowner

 

Always change the locks before you move in! Get several spare keys made and keep track of who has one.

When hiding an extra key outside, do NOT hide your key under the front door mat or plant! You shouldn’t be hiding any key outside, however we know you will. When you do, be more creative!*

Consider getting a security system. This is a huge deterrent to burglars. When you do get a security system and time comes to set it up, create a pin code that is NOT your birthday, your home address or your zip code!

As you move in and get settled in your new home, go and meet your neighbors. Introduce yourself; knowing your neighbors and their habits is a good way to stay safe.

If you do meet your neighbors and get friendly and you each want to hide a key, *hide a key at your neighbors home. So your key goes in your neighbors’ yard and your neighbors’ key is in your yard. You’ve now outsmarted any burglar trying to get in with a key.

Install outdoor lighting if there isn’t any. Sensor lights that detect movement are great!

After any workman has come to do work in your home, always recheck all windows and doors, making sure they are still locked!

Buy a few timers and put a light or two on timers to go on and off at night and in the morning. Even if you are away for the weekend, it will look as if someone is home.

Again, if you are friendly with your neighbors, ask your neighbors to bring in mail, your newspaper and your trashcan if you are away. Leaving mail, trashcans and newspapers on your lawn indicate no one is home.

 

Security Checklist for the First Time Homeowner

Prevent and Deter!

Do all the things listed in the Security Checklist and the ‘odds are in your favor’!

Preventing a home invasion or burglary is always preferred over dealing with the traumatic aftermath of one!

Contact Strand Security today

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