Saturday, December 12, 2009

What to Take to Bed With You

Put your car keys beside your bed at night

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your doctor'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 likely go off from almost everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key chain.

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. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

It could also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. Older people could carry car keys with them in case they fall outside to notify their spouse.

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