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Top 10 of the Most Common Home Security Issues

Home Security 101

If your home is not secure, then neither is your family nor are your valuable assets!

Peace of mind and security is everything; being able to fall asleep without worry or fear for safety, or leaving to go to work without a second thought about your home being invaded or burglarized should be a given. Not to mention going on a family vacation, or weekend trip; security and safety are important.

However, that’s not the case for everyone.

If you don’t live in a secure area, neighborhood or city, or if your home has not been properly taken care of, you might need to take action to clear up some home security issues!

We recommend you get a security system with monitoring, to make sure in case of an emergency, help is on the way, even if you can not make that phone call yourself!

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Today we explore the Top 10 Most Common Home Security Issues.

1) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Doors

This should be a given, but many people do not lock doors! Even when they leave for the day. The majority of burglaries do not happen at night as you might suspect! Instead, most burglaries happen during the day between 10 AM – 2 PM and most burglars walk in through unlocked doors. A simple fix is to make sure every occupant has a key and everyone understands the importance of locking the door they leave though, at all times. If you have teenagers, call a family meeting and start locking your doors today!

2) Home Security Issue: Unlocked Windows

Depending on where you live, you might have opened windows during the day, or night, to let in fresh air. There is nothing wrong with that IF you are home and can set your security alarm system to ‘on’. However, if you leave windows open and/or unlocked, burglars can easily come in through those.

Have you recently had someone come in your home to do work (a painter, rug cleaner, HVAC technician etc.)? Double check your windows are locked after they leave!

3) Home Security Issue: Broken Locks

It should go without saying that if locks are broken, not working or if you’ve lost the keys, you need to replace them asap! If you think you may have ‘compromised’ your security by giving out too many keys to neighbors, friends, family and the petsitters, and you can not account for the keys, it is time to redo your locks!

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4) Home Security Issue: Large Shrubs Close to the House

Landscaping matters. Burglars can use bushes to hide in and neighbors can’t see what is happening if landscaping gets out of control. At the same time, if you let your lawn get long and don’t clean your yard, it indicates to burglars that your house might be unoccupied at times which would mean a good haul for them!

Clean up your lawn, your yard and keep large bushes away from the house.

5) Home Security Issue: No Outdoor Lights

Replace light bulbs as soon as they burn out and install motion-detection lights it at all possible. This way, whenever someone approaches your home at night, the lights go on, deterring them from breaking and entering.

6) Home Security Issue: No Indoor Lights

If your home is always dark at night, especially if you are away for an extended period of time, it would be beneficial to your security to add a few timers to the lights inside your home to make it look as if someone was home. A dark home is often equated with an empty home which in turn signals to burglars to it might be safe to enter undetected.

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7) Home Security Issue: Unkempt Outdoor Space

Overgrown lawns and bushed, unkempt yards and junk piled up in your front or backyard signals to burglars that your property might be abandoned, or if not abandoned, not high on your priority list. Unkempt outdoor space invites shady characters and you might even find yourself with the unwanted attention of local youth looking for an undetected space to hang out!

8) Home Security Issue: Piled up Mail

If you do not gather and collect your mail on a daily basis, it signals, again, that you are not home often, thus leaving your home exposed to possibly burglaries.

9) Home Security Issue: Garbage Can Left at Curb

Anyone driving by your home can see when your garbage can stays at the curb longer than a day! If it sits there for 2-3 days, people will assume you are absent from your property. If you are going to be away, as a neighbor to return your can to your home or garage once it is emptied.

10) Home Security Issue: No Security Sign and No Security System

The number one sign burglars look for when scouting for homes to burglarize is that yard sign! If you have a yard sign and a security system, most burglars will move on to an easier target! Truth is, burglars do not want a confrontation with the homeowner. They’d rather skip your house and move on to the next, more easily accessible home.

If you have a security system; use it daily. Use it all the time.

If you have a security system; add that yard sign to your home. It works to deter burglars.

If you don’t have a security system yet, come talk with us!

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

 

Strand Security Adds QolSys and Alarm.com To Their Family!

Strand Security Adds QolSys and Alarm.com

Strand Security Adds QolSys to their Line Up!

Technology should be simple!
Technology should be beautiful!

We at Strand Security have just added QolSys to our line up.

Watch this introductory video to learn more!

We are thrilled to be offering QolSys and Alarm.com to our Strand Security customers.

Let’s learn more!

Who (and What) is QolSys?

QolSys believes that

“technology can improve your life. From smartphones to computers, having access to information when and where we need it makes us smarter, more efficient, and more connected. Nowhere is this more significant than within the walls of our homes.”

The QolSys IQ Panel connects to an entire suite of mobile apps specifically designed for each platform.

With apps for iOS, android, windows, and even BlackBerry, you can be connected from your desktop computer, a tablet, a smartwatch, and a smartphone.

The user interface on each of these platforms was specifically designed to be consistent for an easy to use, intuitive experience.

It’s easy to find and download the app you need by searching for ‘Alarm.com’ in the application stores.

Alarm.com Available to Strand Security Customers

Alarm.com is the leader in Smart Home Security, giving you solutions to monitor, protect and automate your home. Take a tour of a Smarthome with Madison to see the possibilities!

Engineered for small and medium-sized business owners, Smarter Business Security combines intelligent intrusion detection, video surveillance, access control, and energy management into a single, cost-effective solution.

From the Alarm.com blog:

Traditional keys are a nuisance. You don’t need us to point this out, of course. You know how easy keys are to lose, or misuse. You know the inconvenience of tracking a key down when an employee leaves, and the expense of re-keying a lock when you can’t. You know about dashing to work to let people in when your manager gets sick and has to stay home.

But do you know about the new, easier, smarter alternative?

Smarter Access Control is a commercial access solution, engineered by Alarm.com to bring the benefits of modern access technology like smart locks and card readers to small and medium businesses. Powered by smart business security technology, it’s easy to use, enabling you to set up and manage secure, keyless access for you and your employees, across multiple locations, with no IT expertise or extra resources needed.

When we install your QolSys IQ panel, Alarm.com will power the system.

Official Alarm.com Dealer in Myrtle Beach

As an official Alarm.com dealer in the Myrtle Beach area, we serve Horry County as well as Georgetown County residents and businesses.

We can’t wait to show you the possibilities.

We welcome you to come to our Murrells Inlet showroom for a QolSys IQ panel demo anytime!

Let Us Secure Your Home and Business with Alarm.com

We would be honored to secure your home and business with QolSys and Alarm.com. Give us a call today.

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

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!

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

 

We Are Proud To Be A Top Home Security Blog!

Strand Security is a Top Home Security Blog

We have some news to share and something to celebrate with you, our readers!

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We were recently named a Top Home Security Blog by Lockpick World.

It’s a great honor to be included in this list of top blogs, for sure!

Their words:

These blogs, websites, and experts are some of the best in the field of home security. They can supply, guide, and educate you with everything you need.

Wow!

These are great, encouraging words to hear. We work hard each week to provide with you with an updated article about everything home security – and commercial security, too – so that you may stay safe!

We always aim to

✔️supply you with answers to any home security questions you may have

✔️guide you to make decisions that are right for you, your family and business

✔️educate you about the latest technologies available in our security industry

It seems we are on track!

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Your Security, Our Business!

We stop at nothing to give you the best, day in, day out!

We strive to give our customers the best

  • customer service
  • brands
  • equipment
  • monitoring service
  • response time
  • value
  • pricing
  • overall experience

We’d love to hear what you think of us!

Online Reviews for Strand Security

We value our customers, each and every one of our customers, and while it is amazing to be recognized as a Top Security Blog by a peer organization, we really love it when our customers leave positive Facebook and Google reviews for us online!

These reviews help future customers know more about Strand Security and what we do!

Let us be real!

As much as we can tell you about our customer service, our brand, equipment, and company, people trust other people more than they trust businesses.

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Review Us Please!

If you’ve ever interacted with us, we’d love for you to take a few minutes to review us.

It will help future customers makes decisions, and it will help us to be found online.

Lockpick World has this to say about us and our blog:

Strand Security believes in making a safer world and works toward that goal one customer at a time. Such is its focus in attending to its patrons that every person who employs Strand Security’s services rests with a lighter heart, confident in the total security of their homes. In fact, its motto is “Your security, our business.”

We now proudly display this logo!

Top Home Security BlogsCall Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

What Are Your Family’s First Demands For The Best Home Security?

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Protect Your Family With the Best Home Security

Is that a question, or a demand?

We know the truth! Of course, you want to protect your family with the best home security.

However, you might be searching the Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand area for

Whatever it is that is most important to you, know that we value the same things as we live right here on the Grand Strand ourselves and want to protect our family, just like you do.

We will work with you, your budget and your needs, always. 

What Does Your Home Need To Protect Your Family?

If you are a new homeowner, you’ll be (most likely) new to home security too.

Protecting your family goes beyond protection from a home invasion or burglary.

Here are additional sources of danger

  • Home Fires; prevention with fire alarms
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; prevent with CO alarms
  • Break-ins; Alert authorities instantly with monitoring services
  • Home Invasion; Identify and locate suspects with security cameras
  • Trespassing; Deter trespassers with automatic floodlights
  • Drowning; Alert homeowner to movement in the pool, or opening of a door to pool deck
  • Falling; Personal panic buttons can help an elderly person call for help when needed

What your home needs is up to you; consider your security company a valuable partner in selecting the right equipment to keep you and your loved ones safe!

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What Does Your Family Want To Feel Safe?

Now that we know what you want, and what equipment is needed to keep your family safe – and to get the best home security for your family – let us look at what your family needs to make it all work!

Your spouse, teenager, babysitter, elderly parent, or child needs

  • easy access
  • easy to use equipment
  • panic buttons
  • monitoring service
  • voice commend
  • remote control

Right?

Many more families these days have multiple generations living or working together.

This means that multiple people will be using your security system and you will need the equipment you pick to be easy in use and access.  Most likely, you will want remote access to your cameras and system!

Click here to read more about multiple generations & home security!

What Is The Best Type of Home Security For Your Family?

We can only answer this question of ‘What is the best type of home security for my family’ if you answer a few questions of your own first!

It all depends on these factors

  • What can you afford to spend on equipment (i.e. cameras, sensors)?
  • How much can you afford on monitoring services each month?
  • Will there be changes in your family size in the upcoming years? (look at least 3-5 years ahead)
  • Do you prefer working with a locally owned and operated business owner, or a large franchise?

We will be happy to help you figure out what your home needs, what your family wants and what you can afford! 

Can I Keep My Family Safe Without A Security System in Place?

We can’t guarantee it.

Why would you want to? Is saving a little bit of money each month worth not having peace of mind?

How much are you spending on health insurance, homeowners insurance, car maintenance, and your pension each month? Safety and security are clearly important to you if you pay those bills. 

Without a security system in place to keep those you love safe, be prepared for feelings of

  • fear
  • guilt
  • regret

Now, who wants to live like that?

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Get started today – give us a call and you’ll be feeling much better!

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

Is Cheap Home Security an Oxymoron?

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Do You Need a Security System But Think You Can’t Afford It?

If you think you need a security system, you probably have done some due diligence on crime rates in your street, neighborhood, town, and county.  People come to us for security systems for some of the following reasons.

The last reason is what we hate to see happen to anyone!

People call us after they’ve had a home invasion, burglary or experienced personal violence. They are scared, worried, traumatized by the recent experience and need to feel secure and protected once again.

There’s not always a budget for a security system when crime happens, which of course always happens unexpectedly.

Today, we’d like to talk to you about cheap home security.

Is there such a thing as cheap home security, or is it an oxymoron? 

Is There Such a Thing as Cheap Home Security?

Well… the answer is yes.

Let’s get this straight.

“You get what you pay for.”

Having said that, here are some ideas for cheap home security (and the limitations each option brings).

  • Get a dog. Dogs aren’t free, of course, but having a dog will deter potential burglars. They’d rather go to the next house than confront a dog.
  • Put up fake security cameras. This again is a cheap solution and might give you a false sense of security. Will it deter some crime? Sure! Will it help you during a crime? Not at all.
  • Put your inside lights on timers and outdoor lights on sensors. When criminals are casing houses to break into, they will look for signs of activity. If you have lights going on and off, they might skip your home.
  • Add loud sensor alarms to your windows and doors. This will not prevent any crime, but it will alert you, the homeowner, to a crime in progress.

Adding any of these options to your home will give you a bit more security and most likely a bit more peace of mind. These are not perfect solutions by any stretch, but if you are limited on funds, these options are a good place to start.

Can A Home Security System Be Cheap and Good At the Same Time?

Yes and yes!

Home security systems come in all shapes, sizes, and brands. They run the gamut in equipment fees, monitoring fees, and smart-home intergration.

We can install a very basic home security system that you can afford. We offer great monitoring rates with the best monitoring service. We trust not just our customers with COPS monitoring, but our own family as well!

How Should You Decide On a Security System?

The best way to decide on a security system is to read this article; ‘What is the best home security system?’

This article features 5 questions you, as a homeowner, should answer before picking up the phone and calling us.

Once you have an idea of what you want, what you can afford and what you need, we are ready to talk shop with you!

What Type Of Security Can You Get on A Limited Budget?

Even on a limited budget, you should be able to get a solid security system to fit your needs.

We recommend budgeting for a monthly monitoring fee to get a complete package and the best service and security.

Interested to know why we work with COPS monitoring?
Check out these two articles.

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How To Get The Best Cheap Home Security for Your Budget

#1 Work with a local, locally owned security company. We can not stress the importance of this enough!
#2 Check the company out online. Read reviews, check their website and social media channels.
#3 Ask about technician experience. Anyone who is proud of their work will tell you how long they’ve been in the business and why!
#4 Call your local chamber or the BBB for recommendations. Any legitimate business will be registered and most likely be active in the community.
#5 Ask for current specials and promotions. Some companies run online promotions you might not know about when you call. They most likely will be happy to give you that promotion. All you have to do is ask.


We are here for the Myrtle Beach, Horry County, and Georgetown County communities.

Give us a call today, or any day.

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

What is the Best Home Security System?

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Are You In The Market For A New Home Security System?

Are you a new homeowner? Have you recently moved to the Myrtle Beach area? Are you unhappy with your current home security system? If you fall in any of these three categories you might be looking for the best home security system available to you!

We want you to know we’ve got you covered!

Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security company. We provide both residential security systems as well as commercial security systems. If you need to protect those you love, we can help you get started with the best home security system your money can buy!

What Makes A Security System The Best Home Security System?

If you were to talk to 20 experts, you might find 20 different opinions about what the best home security system might be. That doesn’t make it any easier to decide, does it? I bet you’ve called around, looked on the internet, maybe you’ve asked your friends yet you still aren’t’ sure what defines ‘the best home security system’. There are so many bells, whistles, brands, companies, options to choose from!

Help is on the way!

We have identified five important markers for you to check to find the best home security system for your home and family.

That is exactly what you need to start with:

 identify your personal needs, goals and wants in a home security system in order to find the best home security system available to you

Here are the five questions you need to ask yourself!

Grab a piece of paper and start writing down answers, then give us a call!

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1) What is The Best Home Security System For The Size and Location of Your Home?

What type of system you need, and want, depends on your home; the size, layout, and location.

Here are some factors to consider.

  • Do you own your home?
  • Are you renting?
  • Are you in an apartment or condo?
  • Do you live in a city, neighborhood, or in a rural community?
  • How old is your home?
  • What is the square footage of your home?
  • How many exit doors?
  • How many floors do you have?
  • How many bedrooms?
  • Do you have a garage?
  • Is it detached or attached?

Next, let’s talk money!

2) What is The Best Home Security System That Fits Your Financial Budget?

As we can’t look in your pocketbook, or checkbook for that matter. Therefore, you should find a price point you are happy with before contacting a security company. It will help them, and you, decide on what you can afford at this time. If your financial situation changes, you can add additional features and services! If you have to go ‘bare-bones’ to start with, go for it, but make sure to make that a clear objective when searching for the best home security system.

Next, let’s talk functionality!

3) What is The Best Home Security System For Your Intended Usage?

Not everyone likes bells and whistles. Not everyone needs or wants all the latest technology or the highest ranked equipment. It is important, however, that your system performs the tasks you need it to perform!

Answer these questions.

Once you have an idea about functionality, it’s time to talk integration.

4) What is The Best Home Security System To Integrate With Your Current Installed Technology?

If you bought a new home with security system equipment installed, your (new) provider needs to know what system and what equipment is currently in your home. Sometimes this equipment can be reused or repurposed; this will depend on what brands your provider works with and the age of the system and equipment. If you already own home automation hardware and software and you want to integrate a new security system with it, your security provider needs to know this as well. It is important to make a list of all technology in your home.

5) What is The Best Home Security System To Compliment Your Family’s Needs?

There is a difference between what your intended usage is and what your family’s needs are. Talking to your security provider is a great place to start. Tell them who lives in your home, who might need access to your system, whether you travel, if you also own a business which needs security and more.


Answering these questions after having answered the four previous questions will help your provider give you options for the best home security system for your current home.

We welcome any and all inquiries about security systems. We are here to help protect those you love.

We invite you to check out Honeywell Total Connect.

Give us at Strand Security a call today!

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

 

New Baby? You Need More Security and Home Safety

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Congrats, You Are New Parents!

With this added bundle of joy in your family, comes added responsibility for you as new parents!

Mom + Dad + Baby = Family

As the leaders of the pack so to speak, you are in charge of keeping everyone in your new family safe, and your most valuable possessions secure.

If you have an older child, or two, or three, you’ve most likely already adjusted some of your security and safety protocols each time you added a new bundle of joy to your family. If this is your first baby, we want to make sure that you are informed to make the best decisions regarding safety and security for your family.

How Do You Keep Your Home Safe for Your New Baby?

Here are a few tips we’ve gathered from the experts i.e other parents and security professionals.

  1. Install a security system with HD cameras and remote access
  2. Use a mobile app to check-in on babysitter and baby from work or wherever you might be
  3. Connect your fire alarm and CO2 detectors to your monitored alarm system
  4. Connect door alarms to your home security system to alert you when any outside door is opened
  5. Connect a pool alarm to your system so you know when someone (or something) enters your pool
  6. Use timers for lights and also install motion-detecting lights to deter criminals
  7. Install childproof locks on cabinets that hold household cleaning supplies and chemicals
  8. Keep all guns locked up at all times in a gun safe
  9. Teach older children to not open the door to strangers

Keeping baby safe inside the home is great, but what about dangers coming in from outside?

A home invasion is a very traumatic experience, whether you have a new baby, or not.

How do you keep your home safe for your baby?

How Do You Keep Your Home Secure for Your New Baby?

  1. Make sure your security system is monitored by a trust-worthy monitoring station with a quick response time.
  2. Install and use a baby video monitor in baby’s room to check on baby when at home, or add an extra security camera to your system to monitor baby from anywhere in the home and while away from home.
  3. Add additional smoke detectors near your bedroom and baby’s room
  4. Insist on background checks on all your domestic help, including your babysitter
  5. When having work done on your home, be sure to double check that all windows and doors are secured and locked at the end of each day
  6. Each night, do an evening walk-through check to secure your home
  7. If you’ve just moved into a new home because you needed more room for baby, get all locks changed immediately

 

There is never a guarantee that a break-in or home evasion won’t happen to you and yours, yet there are many ways to deter a criminal. Then if you have a monitored security alarm system, you have the added knowledge that when help is ever needed, help is on the way with the push of one button, or with one tripped wire, or with one smoke alarm going off.

We welcome your thoughts, questions and feedback!

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

 

3 Reasons To Be Thankful For Your Security System

3 reasons to be thankful for your security system

What Are You Thankful For?

We have seen this question asked all month as it’s November.  Many people practice #ThankfulNovember or #30daysofthankfulness on social media, sharing small and large things, places and people they are thankful for each day!

We are so lucky to live in beautiful Myrtle Beach! We are lucky to live near the beach, have gorgeous weather most of the year and live a bountiful life lived in short, t-shirt and flip-flops!

What about you? What are you thankful for?

  • Are you thankful for your health?
  • Are you thankful for your home?
  • Are you thankful for your job?
  • Are you thankful for your family?

There are many people in this world who do not have basic necessities such as access to clean drinking water, food and a roof over their head. There are many people in this world who live in areas of unrest and war; we are so lucky to live in a place in this world with access to all of these things.

If you are lucky enough to live in a safe and secure home with an alarm system like we do, isn’t it time to list some of the reasons it makes you thankful?

We have come up with 3 reasons to be thankful for your security system. Read and let us know if you feel the same way!

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Your Security System Will Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

This alone should be the #1 reason you are thankful for your security system. In case of attack, fire or home invasion, your security system – if connected to our monitoring company C.O.P.S. – can call the authorities for back up, whatever agency is needed (rescue, fire or police).

Minutes and seconds saved can be the difference between a good or a very bad outcome of any of these scenarios.

We are thankful that our security system keeps our loved ones safe!

Your Security System Deters Crime At Your Business

If you, like us, own a business, you know firsthand how much effort, time and money has gone in to making your business successful. You want that taken away in an instant now, would you?

A fire that would totally destroy your retail store can do that. Employee theft can cripple your bottom line. An accident in your restaurant which results in a lawsuit can do that – but with a security system and security cameras in place, and a monitoring company to back you up, your business is protected.

We are thankful that our security system deters crime our our business!

Your Security System Gives You Overall Peace of Mind

Now when you add “Will Keep Your Loved Ones Safe” to “Deters Crime At Your Business” you got what?

Peace of mind!

If you can rest easy because your family is protected and you can rest easy because your business is protected, how much is that worth to you?

We are thankful that our security system gives us overall peace of mind!

Strand Security Is Thankful Too!

We at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet are thankful, too.

We are thankful for

  • our health
  • our family and friends
  • our successful business
  • our employees
  • our customers (you!) in Horry County and Georgetown County
  • our community on the Grand Strand
  • our network of business associates
  • our service provider COPS
  • our partnership with large brands like Honeywell Total Connect, Sonos, Hikvision, BEAM and many more
  • our self defense division Myrtle Beach Self Defense

and much much more!

Thank you for being part of our success story. We are thankful for you!

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

Locking Up At Night; What You Need To Know Right Now

Home Safety Tips for Families! Locking up at night.

Home Safety Tips For Families

If you are a parent, there comes a time in your life when your teenager(s) comes and goes without you – this often happens once they get their driver’s license and start driving themselves!

(If you have younger children – rejoice you’re not there, yet.)

Once teenagers get a taste of this independence, they come and go at odd times, often working after school, playing sports or meeting with friends for fun or schoolwork.

When the kids are younger, parents are in charge of locking up at night.

 

Locking up the home.

Setting the alarm.

Locking up the cars.

Locking the garage door.

 

However, when you add teenager(s) to the mix, and their ability to forget everything your tell them in about 5 seconds…

Now is a great time to set up a few safety rules for your family’s overall safety and security; call a family meeting!

Evening routine of locking up your home at night. Safety and security tip! Myrtle Beach

Who Is Responsible For Locking Up At Night?

Who will lock up at night?

Before you can make that determination, you need a family meeting and a family calendar.

Once you know everyone’s schedule you will know who will come home last and should at least close and lock up the garage.

Don’t forget to include a discussion about locking up the house and setting the security alarm each time they come and go, during the day or night. Teenagers can and should shoulder that responsibility along with you. If they arrive home to an unarmed home, their security and safety is at risk. Always teach your children how to arm the home before leaving and how to disarm it once coming home. They should also know how to speak to the operator of the monitoring company in case they set off a false alarm.

Two more things to discuss with teens about home security.

  1. Don’t leave your home key laying around anywhere. If you lose your key, it will cost a lot of money to change the locks.
  2. Don’t give your alarm code to any friends. Never, under any circumstance.

How Should You Lock Up At Night?

For your family’s safety and security, you need to do a perimeter check every evening.

This includes checking all entry and exit points, making sure windows and doors are not just closed, but locked as well. Don’t forget your glass sliding doors, your porch doors and your garage doors.

We also recommend checking your children’s windows to make sure they are still locked as sometimes kids play with those locks and unless you check, you’d never know whether they have stayed locked, or have been unintentionally unlocked.

Once the indoor perimeter check is done, arm your home.

Even if not all your family members are home yet, it’s a great habit to get into; to arm the system even when you are home, and especially at night.

It Is Better To be Safe (at Home), Than Sorry (A Criminal Made It Into Your House).

If you’ve purchased an alarm system, have paid for installation and are paying a monthly monitoring fee, why NOT use the system to keep your loved ones safe and sound at home, right?

It’s just plain smart!

You’d be surprised how many homeowners fail to set their alarm systems on a daily basis.

Don’t be caught unaware!

Be safe and secure at home, always!

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

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