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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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Tips on How To Prevent and Survive A Home Invasion

How to prevent and survive a home invasion Myrtle Beach Home Security

From Holiday Fun To Holiday Tragedy In The Blink of An Eye!

From one minute to the next, you and your family could be faced with a tragedy instead of a fun Christmas day and week.

Home invasions are more prevalent around the holidays and we are here to remind you to stay vigilant and prepared to prevent a home invasion from happening. If an intruder does happen to invade your home, we want you to know what to do!

Here is a scenario that might sound familiar to you.

Busiest Time of The Year at Your Home!

Maybe you had a new dishwasher installed so that when company is here for Christmas, you are prepared.
Maybe you had an installer in your home to replace your washer and dryer as a gift to yourself.
Maybe you had an HVAC mechanic in your home to do your winter HVAC maintenance.
Maybe UPS, FEDEX or the USPS stopped by with deliveries of long-expected packages.
Really… people in and out of your home all day, all week.
People might even have noticed the hustle and bustle from outside of your home, noticing the deliveries made as they drove by.
You didn’t really keep track of everybody, right?
It’s the perfect storm scenario!
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your lack of a security system.
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your lack of a dog.
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your valuables like TVs, computers and expensive phones.
Someone, somewhere might have noticed your expensive watch and diamond ring.
It really doesn’t matter how it happened, but somehow you ended up on a home invasion hit list!
A home invasion is an illegal and usually forceful entry to an occupied, private dwelling with intent to commit a violent crime against the occupants, such as robbery, assault, rape, murder, or kidnapping

Home Invasion Do’s and Don’ts

If you THINK or KNOW someone has entered your home and they haven’t spotted you, there are things to do IMMEDIATELY.
If your dog sounds the alarm, don’t ignore but check it out! Often they can hear or spot an intruder before you do!
Listen to your gut and take action.
  • Get your kids and spouse and go!
  • Leave the home by a backdoor if possible or lock yourself in a room, bathroom or closet and call 911 immediately. Stay on the phone with them until police arrive.
We asked the police what we can we do as homeowners to prevent a home invasion from happening.
Here is what they told us.
1. Lights, Lights, LIGHTS! (Burglars and intruders love dark areas)
2. Alarms (Make sure to set yours if you have a system!)
3. Neighborhood watches are great deterrents.
5. Install cameras to check in to your home even if you aren’t home.

Be Safe. Be Secure. Be Alert!

We hope your holidays are happy and bright, merry and fun and that a home invasion is not something you have to deal with.

We recommend going over a family emergency plan with your kids and spouse yearly and discuss fires, home invasions, burglaries, floods and other disasters with your family.

A prepared family has a much greater chance of survival!

From our family to yours this holiday season…

Strand Security Myrtle Beach Alarm Company

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