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5 Crucial Summer Security Tips You Absolutely Need To Know

5 crucial summer security tips - Myrtle Beach Security

Summer Time = Burglary Time!

What?

Yes!

Check out some of these statistics.

 

  • 2 million home break ins are reported each year in the United States!
  • 30 percent of break ins occur through an unlocked window or door.
  • 66 percent of all break ins are residential break-ins vs business break ins.
  • The highest percentage of break ins happens during the summer months.
  • Homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.

 

Isn’t that a bit… shocking?

Here is one more:

Most burglaries happen between 10 AM & 3 PM!

Secure your home during the day! Most burglaries happen between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM! Myrtle Beach security

Summer Fun = Empty Home!

Whether you are single, have young kids, teens or are retired; summer time means more time spent outdoors and more time away from home. Especially here on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, people go to the beach, waterpark, out to eat and have fun on the water during the evenings, weekends and during their summer vacation time.

What that does is leave an empty home…

Perfect for those who needs some extra cash aka burglars!

What should you, as a home owner (or renter) do?

Take preventative measures, of course.

Nothing you do can 100% guarantee that your home is safe from burglars, but we can tell you that taking some steps to secure your home will make the chance of your home being of the list of burglarized homes much, much smaller!

We like those odds. If you do, too, read the next five security tips and then implement them, STAT!

Your empty home means an opportunity for a burglar!

Here are 5 Crucial Summer Security Tips

  1. Lock up your home and set your alarm. Do this every time you leave your home. Whether you go out for 15 minutes, 5 hours or overnight – all it takes is a few minutes for someone to break in!
  2. Don’t advertise on social media that you will be away. Seriously – hold the airport pictures, the tropical vacation pictures and the ‘we are away’ posts until after you are back.
  3. Install cameras in your home, not just your office/work building. Cameras will tell the truth as to whom is in your home and will help police catch thieves quicker.
  4. Install GPS trackers on your RV, four wheeler, boat and cars. Do you like to hold on to your assets? Maybe you’ve worked really hard for those toys? Four wheelers, boats, RVs, sports cars – you like them? So do thieves! These ‘toys’ of yours have a great resale value. GPS trackers help the police locate and retrieve your stolen items!
  5. Hire a house sitter or stop all deliveries! Nothing says ‘we’re not home’ like piled up mail, empty garbage cans left at the curb, packages left on the front porch overnight, and old newspapers on your lawn. Either stop any and all deliveries, or hire a house sitter to come by every day to take care of those things for you!

Summer Security = Strand Security!

Let us help you!

We have C.O.P.S. standing by to help monitor and protect the people you love and the things you’ve worked hard for. Don’t let criminals get away with ruining your summer fun!

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

 

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How To Keep A Burglar Out Of Your Home

 

Prevent Myrtle Beach Burglaries

How Confident Are You About Your Family’s Safety and Security?

We at Strand Security want only two things.

Your Security and your safety. After all, that’s our business!

With having said that, our number one job is to KEEP burglars out of your home in order to keep you and yours safe. There are many ways to do that and we’ve made a handy infographic about it for you share! (see below)

Number ONE on our list is installing a security system with monthly monitoring; we are great advocates because when YOU CAN’T call for help, we can, and help will be on the way regardless of whether you are incapacitated, or not! If you don’t do it for yourself, think about your family members – you do not wish for anyone to go through a home invasion, right?

Here Are All The Ways You Can Keep a Burglar Out of Your Home!

INFOGRAPHIC

How To Keep A Burglar Out Of Your Home! Myrtle Beach Infographic

 

How To Prevent a Home Invasion!

Prevention, prevention, prevention.

1) Display a Security Company Sign

It should go without saying that you do not just display the sign, but you actually have a security system and activate it every night and during the day when you are home or gone.

2) Use Deadbolt Locks and Long Screws

The long screws will prevent someone from kicking in the door and breaking the deadbolt lock! Check your screws – it’s a simple and cheap fix for a real security breach.

3) Purchase and Install Solid Wood Core Doors

Again, solid wood core doors are almost impossible to kick in. When it’s time to replace doors, choose wisely.

4) Keep Windows Closed and Locked at Night

Make sure to instruct your (young) children and teens to do so as well – it’s easy to overlook the kids rooms.

5) Install Motion Activated Floodlights

These lights will pop on anytime something, or someone, is trying to approach your home. It’s an easy deterrent and also might alert you to impending trouble.

6) Keep Your Garage Door Closed and Locked

Make it a habit to lock up at night and check your garage doors!

7) Keep Shrubs Trimmed and Short Near Windows

You certainly don’t want anyone lurking in your bushes, right? Keeping them short and trimmed prevents someone from using your shrubs as a hiding spot prior to a break-in.

8) Leave Your Spare Key With A Neighbor, Not Outside Your Home

Many burglars enter homes without ever having to kick in a door or break a window because they’ve found an even easier way to enter – with the spare key left under a rock! Don’t do that – leave your spare key with a neighbor instead!

 

Please let us know how we can help you keep your family safe and secure!

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

 

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Keeping You and Your Home Safe From Burglars; What You Need To Know!

Home Sweet Home! Keeping your and your home safe from burglars; what you need to know!

Home Sweet Home, Except When a Burglar Wants What You Have!

Have you ever had the hair on the back your neck stand up? Ever have that instant feeling you know something is wrong?

This is a common occurrence when people come home to find a door or window broken in. Then they notice missing items from around the house. Then they quickly exit the house hoping whoever was there is now gone.

What’s missing?  Family heirlooms, great grandmother’s diamond ring, or even a child’s piggy bank.

Result: The family feels violated and angry.

Could there have been a way to prevent a burglar from breaking in? We at Strand Security want to make sure you are safe here in Myrtle Beach.

To do this, it is important to get into the mind of a burglar.

What do burglars look for when casing a house?

First off, they will not be walking around in a ski mask. They will most likely be scoping out your house dressed as a utility worker (cable or electric repair). Door to door salesmen can easily get an idea of the inside of your house when you answer the door for them. Or perhaps they will just post a flyer, while they look for a burglar alarm.

When burglars are looking for the right house to burglarize, they look for privacy fences and trees or shrubbery. These fences and the vegetation may prevent neighbors from seeing what is about to happen.

Speaking of vegetation, if your yard is not manicured that may mean you are not around very much.

Jewelry is a hot ticket item. Knowing an adult female is living in the house is an added bonus because there is more than likely jewels to be taken.

Dogs, they always look for dogs. Big or small, their barks can give a lot of warning.

How do burglars break in once they’ve decided on their target?

First they will ring the doorbell to make sure no one is home, making up a bogus story if someone answers.

Next they will check all doors and windows to see if they are unlocked. If they are locked, they will check if an extra key has been hidden around the perimeter of the house.

If it comes down to it, they will break a window or use a handy-dandy crowbar to get in.

A burglar spends an average of 8 minutes in a house.

What do burglars want from your house?

  • Jewelry
  • Electronics
  • Money
  • Prescription drugs
  • Guns
  • Tools
  • Bikes
  • Clothes
  • Furniture

any or all of the above!

Do you have these items in your home?

Keeping you and your home safe from burglars; what you need to know!

10 Simple Ways to Prevent Burglaries or Deter a Potential Burglar

  1. Install a security system and advertise the fact. Put stickers on the windows and a sign out front. Make sure the system is always activated!
  2. Install security cameras.
  3. Consider adopting a dog and/or post ‘beware of dog’ signs around the house.
  4. Install motion-sensitive lights.
  5. Add stoppers to the windows and deadbolt locks to the doors.
  6. Leave the TV or stereo on while gone.
  7. Do not announce new big ticket items purchased by leaving boxes on the curb.
  8. Keep the garage door closed and locked.
  9. Do not allow for mail and newspapers to build up.
  10. Keep vegetation under control.

What the FBI has to say about burglaries!

(using 2010 data, the most recent data available)

  • There were an estimated 2,159,878 burglaries in the United States.
  • Burglaries increased 2.0 percent compared to the 2001 estimate.
  • Burglary accounted for 23.8 percent of the estimated number of property crimes committed.
  • Of all burglaries, 60.5 percent involved forcible entry, 33.2 percent were unlawful entries
  • Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property.
  • Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 73.9 percent of all burglary offenses.

If you do not have a security system yet, we strongly urge you to get it taken care of today! Start here.

Contact Strand Security today

 

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