Don't know if anyone has posted this before, but it is such a good idea I want to pass it on.
I got this in an e mail from a friend. Good idea at home or when you are in your travel trailer too!
Subject: What to take to bed with you..........not a joke..............
Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just 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 you 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 out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.
P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him..... He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.
Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. It's a reminder.
While it might be a good idea, it is also well known that well over 80% of car alarms are false alarms, so many (if not most) people will just curse the person who caused the alarm and roll over to try to get back to sleep.
I'm sure the bad guys are well aware of this little factoid, so will it REALLY frighten them away? I surely don't know, but I would be unwilling to rely on it!
Again, it isn't a BAD idea, but I sure wouldn't want to stake my life on it working!
Personally, my cell phone is on the night stand. I would call 911 and state that it sounds like someone is breaking into my house, and I fear for my life.
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Although people do tend to ignore car alarms, when was the last time you drove by a car with the car alarm going off and saw somebody stealing the stereo? 98% of the time a car alarm going off, especially in a populated area, will send the auto burglar or auto thief fleeing. This idea of keeping the car remote handy will likely work.
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Hopefully any noise like that would scare someone off. He's not going to take time to decide if its your car alarm going off accidentally or did he just set off the house alarm. I know when a neighbors alarm goes off, I dont' always know which one it is. These burglers aren't the smartest and bravest people around.