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Ten Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure in Winter Months

Winter is here! Yes, even in South Carolina can it get cold, wet and yucky!
Now that the holidays are over and colder weather has arrived, how do we keep our homes safe and secure?

Ten Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure in Winter Months

What does Winter in South Carolina Look Like?

Winter weather in South Carolina can vary widely depending on location and elevation. Coastal areas are generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to low 60s Fahrenheit during the day and dropping to the 30s and 40s at night. Inland areas and the Upstate region, which includes the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Piedmont plateau, can be colder, with temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 50s during the day and dropping into the 20s and 30s at night.

Snow is rare in South Carolina, but it can occur, especially in the higher elevations of the Upstate. Ice storms are also possible, especially in the northern and central parts of the state. The best way to stay prepared for winter weather in South Carolina is to keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared for cold temperatures and possible precipitation. It’s a good idea to have a winter emergency kit on hand, including warm clothing, blankets, a flashlight, and other supplies in case you need to stay warm and safe during a winter storm.

Whether you plan to travel or be home, work or work from home, these 10 tips will help you and your home stay safe and secure.

Ten Tips To Keep a Home Safe and Secure During Winter Months

  1. Keep your doors and windows locked at all times, especially when you’re not home. This will help prevent burglaries and other types of break-ins.
  2. Install a security system, such as a burglar alarm or surveillance cameras, to further protect your home.
  3. Consider adding deadbolts to your doors for added security.
  4. Keep your garage door closed and locked, as this is a common entry point for burglars.
  5. Keep your valuables out of sight and secure. This includes jewelry, electronics, and other items that may be tempting to burglars.
  6. Make sure your home is well-lit, both inside and outside. This will help deter burglars and make it easier for you to see what’s going on around your home.
  7. Keep your outside doors and windows clear of snow and ice. This will make it easier for you to see what’s happening outside and make it more difficult for burglars to access your home.
  8. Consider installing motion-sensing lights around your home. These lights will turn on when they detect movement, alerting you to any potential threats.
  9. Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed to reduce hiding places for burglars.
  10. Stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to report it to the authorities.

Call Strand Security in Murrells Inlet Before an Emergency Arrives!

We often get calls from people on the Grand Strand who’ve experienced a crime. The BEST TIME to connect with us and ask us for help is before an emergency so that a crime can possibly be prevented. We are only a phone call away!

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

 

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The Best Home Security Tips of 2022 Per Strand Security

This year has been incredible. The growth we’ve seen in the Grand Strand area and in Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet and surrounding areas is incredible. New residents continued to move in as new homes were completed.

With so many new people in a relatively small geographical area, we need to be cognisant of friction this can cause.

Most often when a population swells quickly like it has on the Grand Strand, crime rate increases as well.

Home Security Tips for Grand Strand Residents

We’ve done our part by installing new home security systems, updates existing homes and systems and adding smart home technology for businesses and homeowners.

While we can monitor your home from afar with COPS monitoring, it’s important each homeowner takes an active role in keeping their home, their property crime-free and their family safe.

We’ve shared several new home security tips this past year, so let’s revisit the best of the best!

Drones, Facial Recognition and Smart Home Technology, Oh My!

We blogged about new trends and updates for 2022 and this included drones as security cameras, facial recognition to operate your smart home and additional smart home technology and did we ever predict it right!

Check out this featured story on window shades!

Fire Safety for Home and Family

Home security tips we gave earlier this year includes tips about home safety and fire hazards. If you have a family, you need to read this article and implement these home safety tips ASAP.

PS that article also has great tips about using lights and sounds to deter criminals. Music never sounded this sweet before!

Digging Up Unusual Home Security Tips for Golden Nuggets!

This fall we searched high and low for the most UNUSUAL home security and safety tips and oh boy, did we strike gold!

Most of these tips were about moving things around your home as not to be too obvious.
Move your keypad (so no one can see it through a window), move your spare key and even move your valuables. Did you know most people keep their jewelry in the master bedroom? Yep. Don’t put YOURs there! ūüėČ

Got Bad Security Habits?

There are no bad security systems. Really. An armed system is great, but only if you … arm it! So many band habits result in bad decisions which lead to disasters.

To get your home and your family safe and secure, you’ve got to drop some of your own bad habits!

Listen to the Criminals for Home Security Advice!

Last but not least, we found some of the best home security tips for 2022 by asking criminals.

Most criminals do not want to encounter humans when they commit a crime. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity, which leave sus with these amazing tips: deter, deter, deter.

If you deter a criminal, they will move on to an easier target! Simple, but true.

Keeping Your Family Safe in 2023

If you are new to the Grand Strand, have just purchased a new home, or have started a family and new home security, we’d love to become your service provider. Give us a call anytime. Your security, our business. We live and work right here on the Grand Strand and we secure our home and our family with the same products and brand we instal in our customer’s homes.

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

 

 

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5 Quick and Easy Security Tips for New Homeowners

5 Quick and easy Security tips for FOR NEW HOMEOWNERS in Myrtle Beach

Congrats; You Just Bought A  New Home!

We are sure you are excited, overwhelmed and scared all at the same time. There are so many things to do and take care of before you purchase a home, and then many more details after the contract goes through.

So how can we at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet be of help during this exciting time?

We’ve put together a list for new home owners just like you; a list of 5 quick and easy security tips you can implement right away. More security means less stress and better sleep and we all know that more sleep keeps you happy and healthy!

So really, this list will be something you can use to stay, happy, healthy, secure and safe!

New Home in Myrtle Beach? Secure your investment.

Here are our Top 5 Security Tips for New Home Owners

? Change the locks, all of them!

No matter what the previous owner tells you (‘we only ever made 3 keys’ or ‘we didn’t give a key to anyone’) you can never be too sure. Don’t take the risk of some stranger still having access to your home; change the locks immediately. People who might have a key to your new home could be parents, adult or teenaged children, pet sitters, babysitters, neighbors, or friends of the previous owners.

? Meet your neighbors

When you go to your new home to take measurement, meet contractors, or move some things in, make it a point to meet your new neighbors. Stop by for a quick chat to introduce yourself. Eventually you might become friendly enough for them to have an emergency key for you. Neighbors are also a great resource for local contractors and services you need as they have experience with plumbers, electricians, roofers, HVAC personnel and yes, security companies.

? Write down emergency numbers

Since you might be new in town, and most likely at least new in the neighborhood, make a list of emergency numbers and make a new family emergency plan. This list of phone numbers might include but is not limited to your HOA, the local police and fire stations, the schools your children will be attending, the cable and phone companies, the electric and water companies and more.

? Stay aware of current crime stats for your neighborhood, city and county

Technically, you should have done this before you purchased your home. You should know about break-ins, burglaries, robberies etc. Staying informed about what happens after you move in, is also a great way to stay safe. If there is a rash of car break-ins in your neighborhood, or mail is being stolen out of mailboxes, you’d want to know, right? Find out where and whom lists these crimes and adjust your security accordingly.

? Purchase a security system

Not everything you read and not everyone you meet will be on the up and up about crime stats in your new neighborhood. Why take a risk? Talk to a reputable security company today and install a system with Hi Def cameras, remote access and more to keep your loved ones safe and your new home secure!

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

 

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