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We at Strand Security are celebrating 10 years on the Grand Strand!
So many wonderful things have happened to our Strand families, our business and within our community! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share our wonderful community with you.
We arrived in 2010 to start a new life in South Carolina; to kick off this year-long celebration, let’s count the ways we love the Grand Strand.
With over 60 miles of beaches, the Grand Strand spans from the Winyah Bay in the south to Little River in the north; it is an arc of beach land on the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, United States.
With over 60 miles of beaches, you will find a beach you love.
Did you know…
The Grand Strand is home to 90 (yes, ninety) golf courses?
That’s a huge number and a huge variety of places to play. There is a course for every golfer, whether you are a beginner or a life-longer player, or somewhere in between
While we are at it, we looked for the number of minigolf courses. While it was harder to find a number, it is at least 30 by this account.
Ready to tee up?!
While the beach and golf are the two main attractions for tourists, there are many more ways to entertain the family when visiting, or living on the Grand Strand.
and so much more! Did we mention the golf courses?
When the sun goes down the fun begins.
Fireworks can be seen on many evenings at Broadway at the Beach and/or Barefoot Landing, attracting thousands of visitors to come to eat and play.
Don’t forget to check out Family Kingdom as the fun just begins when the sun disappears! Ride the old wooden coaster ‘The Swamp Fox’ or try your luck playing carnival games.
Did you know…
While it was always known as ‘the family beach’, Surfside Beach now has another beautiful title to uphold. Surfside Beach was listed as one of the Top 10 best family beaches!
The Grand Strand is simply a beautiful place to visit and live.
No matter your taste, there’s a place for you at one of the many tables on the Grand Strand.
While the Grand Strand offers large chain restaurant access like Margaritaville, TGI Fridays, 5 Guys and Friendly’s, there are plenty of spots that less overcrowded and less corporate.
No matter your taste, when living on the Grand Strand you will eat well.
Murrells Inlet is called the Seafood Capital of South Carolina!
It wasn’t always as family-friendly as it is today though. In the 1800s, pirates hid in the inlet creeks waiting to plunder unsuspecting English ships. You may have heard of one in particular called Blackbeard.
While you can go fishing, crabbing or even scuba diving, why not lay on the beach all day and come eat seafood at night in one of many restaurants on the Marsh Walk?
“Southern hospitality is a phrase used in American English to describe the stereotype of residents of the Southern United States as particularly warm, sweet, and welcoming to visitors to their homes, or to the South in general.”
And friendly we are!
If you’ve never experienced it, you’ve been missing out.
We simply can’t deny that living on the Grand Strand is… grand! While Strand Security and our family have been residents for 10 years, we’ve realized what a great deal we have here in the south!
Homes are affordable, as are groceries and other living expenses; the cost of living in South Carolina due to low taxes is a huge attraction for new residents. The lure of these beautiful yet affordable southern homes brings many northerners to our beloved Grand Strand.
Please tell us why you love the Grand Strand!
Keep an eye out for many more ’10 Reasons To Love…’ articles in 2020!
Whether you own a restaurant, a retail store, an accountancy or any other business, if you have employees and customers, you can lose inventory. Not all loss can be accounted for. Not all loss can be prevented. However, theft on a larger scale is mostly preventable and that’s what this article is all about!
According to Loss Prevention Media one sure way to limit your losses is to remove the opportunity for malicious loss
Individuals typically consider four questions before embarking on an act of theft.
First, what is the risk of being caught?
Second, how easy will it be to carry out the act?
Third, is the likely reward worthwhile?
Four, if I do get caught, what is the likely punishment?
Once we have a better understanding of how and why theft takes place, we can go about putting systems in place to prevent theft from happening.
I would think you’d agree with me that preventing theft is better than catching a thief in the act.
Therefore the first tips deal with prevention:
The next tips deal with catching a thief in the act of stealing (in case your ‘warning signs’ didn’t work)
Not all theft can be prevented.
Not all thieves can be caught.
However, having a clear plan in place on how to handle situations as they occur will help tremendously. Investing a bit of money into your business for a security system, surveillance cameras and loss prevention employees might in the end, save you money, and time and lots of headaches along the way.
We do! We think you do as well.
We bet you read a lot about security then, to make sure you are up-to-date on all the latest and newest gadgets and features of your favorite brands.
We at Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area care about your safety and security as it’s our business!
We realized years ago that knowledge is power, so we started a blog – this blog – to educate our customers, our local community and those who are interested in home security at large.
Can you believe this is article #85 on our Strand Security blog?! Slow and steady ‘wins’ the race – point in case; we are recently added to the Top 100 home security blogs & websites aka “The Best Home Security Blogs on the Planet”
If you want to check out the other 100 top security blogs, we are cool with that, of course. We do pride ourselves on providing our blog readers with the best security information, updates on the latest features and news about new gadgets and new products available to you, the customer.
We can’t let this opportunity go by without serving up our best and Top 5 Strand Security Articles!
These have been our most popular and well-read articles, enjoy and share.
“Planning for emergencies is not an easy thing to do, since, well… they happen when you least expect it! However, having a PLAN does help you ‘take control’ of the unexpected, as far as that’s possible.”
“While you are patiently waiting for the day to arrive that you can leave, burglars are also patiently waiting! They are waiting for homeowners like you to make simple mistakes that give them the opportunity to burglarize your home while you are away.
Did you know that over 2 million homes are broken into each year in the USA? Did you know that a large chunk of those home invasions happen during the summer months of June, July and August?”
“We love having these Sonos speakers in our office and our home. We always have great quality sounds whenever and wherever we want it. These speakers are also great if you have an outdoor kitchen or a pool, a restaurant or entertainment venue. They are easy to set up, easy to use and come with a great app. Of course, being able to stream Apple Music doesn’t hurt one bit!”
“I want to share with you my very personal story about an armed robbery, in hope of bringing awareness to the importance of security and self-defense. It has taken me almost six years to get to this point – being able to tell my story without breaking down. I know it’s time to share it with you though, so that even if only ONE person can learn enough to survive an armed attack, it’s all worth it.”
5) 5 Reasons Why Security Cameras Rock!
“We hear this question all the time. “Do I really need security cameras?” and “Is having my security alarm system not enough on its own?” The answer might surprise you. Having a security system is a huge deterrent to would-be thieves so yes, in theory, it’s all you’ll need. However, and of course there’s a however, security cameras add additional value to your system and once you understand what that value is, we guarantee you’ll want them!”
If you have questions about our services, a product or anything else pertaining to security and safety, please ask us!
If you do live in an older home right here on the Grand Strand, you might be missing out on new technology to make your life easier. If you are lucky enough to live in a new home, built in the last 5 years of so, you might already have a smart home.
So what if you do live in that older home; are you out of luck? No! We are talking about converting your old(er) home in to a smart home!
It’s easy. Really, it is. Keep reading.
Truth: Smart homes aren’t just a new fads, they are here to stay – so we say; why not convert your home today?
But, what exactly does that mean; convert your home?
First, let’s see how smart a smart home really is.
Here are some of the functions a smart home can take over for you.
Sounds too good to be true? It’s not!
• Locks and more!
See it. Love it. Use it. Get it!
Do you need a smart home? Absolutely not, but as someone who has had one for years, I don’t know what I would do without it. It makes my home safer, my life easier, and frankly, it’s really cool!
⬇️ Directions below ⬇️
Do you have multiple remotes for your Myrtle Beach home, including remotes for your
If you are anything like our family (kids, pets, technology, Smart-home) you might REALLY be frustrated with all of these remotes. Instead of loving your Smart-home, dealing with a large number of remotes might leave you frustrated and feeling oh, maybe not so smart after all!
Owning multiple remotes and using them is tricky for even a smart person to figure out. Add in some small kids, an elderly (visiting) parent, an occasional babysitter, a house sitter and you’ve got a recipe for remote frustration and confusion for everyone in your home.
We know because at our house we used to have issues!
This is what happened to our many remotes that we used to own…
What if we told you we can solve ALL of these headaches for you with one purchase, because we did it for ourselves?
Oh, you want to know what we did?
We bought and programmed one Universal Remote to solve it all!
We at Strand Security know that having one universal remote saves time and frustration.
And we don’t know about you, but for us this ‘formula’ holds true, always: time = money
Now there is one issue that comes up each and every time we mention using a universal remote.
People say “Well that’s great for you that you are using one of those universal remotes but my (husband, friend, father, wife) doesn’t know how to set one up and I tried and couldn’t do it either!”
Here’s the scoop, we don’t just sell universal remotes;
You read that right!
We not only sell
brand universal remotes, we also come and program them for you!
We don’t know about you, but that’s would be huge relief for us if we didn’t know how to do it: to have a professional, trained technician from Strand Security come and program this remote for us.
Yes, we give demos.
Yes, you can try to do this yourself.
But WHY would you want to if we can do it
Do you want a universal remote for your home?
Contact Chuck at 843-318-6392 today – or stop by our showroom in Murrells Inlet for a demo and to find out more!
Unfortunately, many of us don’t know ‘how we will react’ until we are attacked.
You can never really completely prepare for the unexpected – but you can practice!
Personal safety is a huge concern and should be on top of your list of things to ‘prepare for”.
This list should also include
So how will you react when attacked?
Heather of Strand Security was held at gunpoint during a store robbery.
What she did was…FIGHT!
Her message to all of us is very clear.
NEVER GIVE UP
There is always something you can do, there is always a way to fight.
She learned this in high school during a self-defense class; she credits this class, and the knowledge she received, with saving her life during the armed robbery!
You know what else she’s doing?
Just last week, Strand Security announced their next Self Defense Class!
On Dec. 3, you need to be there with us, so can be prepared should you ever be attacked.
Listen to, and watch, this video; both Heather and Dorien talk about why this self-defense class is so important and they each give you ONE THING they learned from the last class they took!
Don’t YOU want to know what to do when attacked, and practice those moves in a safe environment?
Join us on Saturday December 3 for the next self defense class.
If you don’t want to go alone, we get that, too!
Grab a friend and sign up for our next class and if you don’t know whom to ask, check out this AWESOME list of people in your life who need self-defense!
Here is the info to sign up.
We can’t wait to see you on Saturday December 3 in Murrells Inlet!
It’s now called the ‘1000 year flood’ and it happened right here along the Grand Strand and in other parts of South Carolina. Thousands of families lost belongings, homes, property and many other people were displaced and had to leave their homes.
It’s happening all over again and it’s so heartbreaking to watch it all unfold!
This time is the state of Louisiana that’s dealing with unexpected and unprecedented floods.
Heather of Strand Security felt she needed to act. But, like many others, didn’t really know how to go about it. That is, until she received this email from ESA (Electronic Security Association) about a local Louisiana agency is dire needs. Please read.
This past week, heavy rains and extreme floods have devastated southern Louisiana resulting in over a dozen fatalities and thousands displaced from their homes; many unaware if those home are still standing. As the rising water begins to wane, ESA members are looking for ways to help our Louisianan neighbors.
Quality Support Coordination, Inc., a local agency that works to provide social services to persons with developmental disabilities and the elderly, has been in service of over 4,000 families and is looking for additional assistance in this time or natural disaster.
At this time the agency has 50+ families that have lost everything due to the flood event of August 2016. These families all receive Medicaid and have limited resources with most living off of Social Security due to varying levels of disability. Quality Support Coordination, Inc. is asking this great community for assistance to help these families. Times like these affect people with Developmental Disabilities and the Elderly in very different ways than people without these special needs.
Below is a list of our greatest needs:
- Gift Cards to any grocery store, Walmart, etc.
- Any food or bottled water, ice chests
- Bath towels, blankets, sheets, pillows, pillow cases
- Toiletries- soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, razors for men and women, shaving cream, deodorant etc.
- Cleaning supplies- bleach, brooms, paper towels, mops, razor cutters for sheet rock
- Fans to help dry out homes
- Clothes for men and women- medium, large and extra-large; socks, undergarments
- Medical equipment (that is in working order) – wheelchairs, hospital beds, shower chairs, etc.
You see, there was the nudge Heather needed to take action.
Here is our plea; we can’t do it alone.
If you remember what it was like in South Carolina just 11 months ago, and if you can imagine the devastation these families are living with in Louisiana and if you feel in your heart it’s right to act, get in contact with us today!
We accept donations from individuals, families and businesses. The very best way to help these families is by donating gift cards! Please contact Heather at 843-318-1192 or Heather@StrandSecurity.com.
Heather spoke with Kamira Johnson of ESA and this was the follow up email she received.
Thank you so much for reaching out to us and for initiating such an awesome drive for the people in Louisiana. Like you said, it only takes one person! I spoke to my manager about you all and he is super excited! If you tell us when the story will air on ABC, we will record the clip and our marketing department can use it in one of their videos or stories. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you, again and have fun with your interview! You all are doing an amazing thing!
So before we hand it over to YOU and let you decide how you want to help, here are a few pictures of the TV interview!
We will be collecting for one more week – please help us collect and donate gift cards for these families.
You can do this by calling Heather at 843-318-1192 or sending her an email right now at Heather@StrandSecurity.com!
Get involved! Act now.
Our TV News Story was the TOP STORY on the 5:30 PM news on Thursday September 8, 2016 and then repeated at 7 PM.
Read it here!
Here is the news clip from the 5:30 PM news.
Here is the news clip from the 7 PM news.