Saturday, April 28, 2012

Keep Auto Keys Nearby...Even When You Sleep

First off, I did not think this up, but I'm grateful for people who did.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night and keep them handy throughout the day as well.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get into your house,  press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.   

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and start to put your keys away, think of this:   It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it.  It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.   

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the   burglar/rapist won't stick around.   After a few seconds , all the neighbors will be looking to see who is out  there and it's doubtful the criminal will want to be seen. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.   

This could also work to draw attention in an emergency such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. Elderly people could use this alarm if they fall in the yard while gardening and if their spouse or neighbors are aware of this signal they will know there is a problem. 

Ah, but what to do if one accidentally sets it off .... the pocket alarm.
Hmmm...quickly disarm it and give a friendly wave to the neighbors.

1 comment:

Bev said...

my old neighbour Elle always sleeps with her keys :) I am sure it would deter a would be burglar bur around here nobody really pays any attention when a car alarm goes off.