A Good Safety Tip Informative - Put Your Car Keys Beside Your Bed At Night

Review by Arlene on 2008-04-11

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 in your house, odds are the burglar rapist won't stick around... after a few second 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.

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone.

Carry your car keys with you in case you fall outside. You can activate the car alarm and then someone will know there's a problem.
Comments:24 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-05-25
Posted by S on 2008-04-11:
Great tip! I'm not sure our car is close enough for this to work... But I'm going to test it out!

Another great security feature... a 100 pound German Shepherd... ;-)
Posted by Arlene on 2008-04-11:
Or three 5 pound chihuahuas....little dogs...BIG mouths!
Posted by MarshPeep on 2008-04-11:
Never thought of that before. Good advise.
Posted by Slimjim on 2008-04-11:
This is a great tip. Even for those like me who have a home security system, it's only going to sound if you have a home breach, which is theoretically much further into the problem than one would like it to be. If you hear or suspect someone on your property, this should send anyone running. Now if my home alarm does goes off, the thing I'm reaching for next to my bed won't be my car keys and the next sound heard won't be my horn.
Posted by MRM on 2008-04-11:
Awesome tip!
Posted by B. on 2008-04-11:
Good tip. This also helps prevent car theft as a lot of crooks will break into a house a steal the car keys that are usually left on a table by the front door.
Posted by D. on 2008-04-11:
This is a good tip, though I don't have one of those alarm systems on my car...I have always ignored the sound of the alarms in our parking lot when they went off. People become immune to the sound of the alarms because they go off so easily...the ones around here go off during thunderstorms from the vibration of the thunder and the other morning I heard the truck that empties the trash dumpsters and as they were being emptied, it caused 3 different car alarms to sound. I've ignored them all...but after reading your review, I will be sure to look out to see that all is well, now that I know it can possibly be a cry for help. It only takes a few seconds to look out the window...thanks for the tip.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-11:
Even those of us who live in a gated community benefit from this info.
Posted by bugaboo1 on 2008-04-11:
Very good tip CrystalSword. Thanks
Posted by Principissa on 2008-04-11:
Very good tip. We live in a very quiet neighborhood, the sound of a car alarm going off is rare, and most often I would pay it no mind, that and we have a Kentucky State Trooper that lives two houses away from us. This is a very good tip and I will make it a point to make sure everything is O.K. if I hear an alarm going off. Thank you for posting this. :)
Posted by GothicSmurf on 2008-04-11:
Great tip!
Posted by grandma005 on 2008-04-11:
People ignore car alarms.
Posted by Slimjim on 2008-04-11:
Most people do ignore car alarms true, but there are some that will look out their window to see who's it is that is annoying them. If you're a burglar though, I don't think you'll want to be cruising a house's perimeter casing it with a car alarm screaming in the driveway.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-11:
Good idea. Most car alarms don't go off in the middle of the night (at least where I live). Since a lot of criminals roam around under the cover of darkness, the car alarm would certainly startle the heck out of anyone and cause them to run, not to mention my neighbors who would be very annoyed at being woke up in the night--and cause them to probably get up and see what's going on.

As a further note, the car alarm in the parking lot is a great idea--and may deter some of the slobs siphoning gas. If you suspect someone doing this (as was discussed yesterday), set off your car alarm to draw attention. I'll bet they would drop everything.
Posted by Nohandle on 2008-04-11:
Excellent informative Crystal. I'd heard this before, and guess what? I've never tried it. No time like the present. The motion detector lights for the outside of your home have also been recommended. I believe originally designed for the convenience of the homeowner coming home after dark, it certainly would deter would be burglars.

Dianec, your suggestion of activating your car alarm in a parking lot is a good one. For those who choose not to get involved by calling the police when being a witness to gas siphoning, set that alarm off. Most people will at least look in that direction, at least I do. Sometimes the unexpected will drive off a thief.
Posted by Starlord on 2008-04-11:
Just as a help to those who might need it, a guide to a product. Our local Checker Auto Parts store has talking alarm for $59.95 that features one-wire hook-up, seven talking messages, and when the alarm does go off, it cycles through six siren sounds at about 110 decibels. Checker is a part of a chain that includes Kragen and another name in different parts of the country. As much as I admire the Viper system, this alarm beats it all out. They remote you get with it has buttons for: Arm, Disarm, Find, and Panic. If you can't locate your car in a parking lot, the alarm beeps and flashes the lights for you.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2008-04-14:
Good idea, I never thought of it. Although in the stores around here car alarms are going off all the time and no one really pays attention to them.
Posted by Varnchenzo on 2008-04-14:
In some cases, the door knob or door hinge make great places to hang car keys on.
Posted by dar357 on 2008-04-15:
Only works if your car has a remote. My 1985 Ford LTD did not. A .44 Magnum works well too.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-15:
dar357, how about a .9mm?
Posted by advisor1008 on 2008-04-20:
I got this email back on July 29, 2006 -- "I thought this was worth passing along...especially to those who are home solo quite a bit."

Posted by Fifilaflea on 2008-05-17:
A lot of times people think it just went off because something caused it rather than a break in. Most people here just get annoyed and hope someone shuts it off soon. I like the idea though.
Posted by krismas on 2008-05-22:
Another reason to have your keys next to your bed...my car was being broken into and the person was trying to steal my dvd player at 3am. He wasn't very quiet because I heard him get into my van, so I hit the alarm and the car lights went on and the horn blaring! I thought he would pee himself, scared straight I hope! He took off running down the street! Funny now, but not so funny then. So that's my 3 cents...keep the keys by the bed! ;)
Posted by tyhero on 2008-05-25:
Good in theory, but what do YOU do when you hear your neighbors car alarm? get you gun and run next door? doubt it, most people set it off by accident and we are all desensitized to the noise. I know I put a pillow on my head and go back to sleep. I prefer a 9mm to my car keys.

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