Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The key to being safer?


Here's something I thought could be helpful........
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents....this could come in handy.
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.
This could also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone.  Some people suggest the car keys stay with their loved ones while they're working in the yard or something so they know something's happened if they hear the car alarm go off.
Good advice,
don't you think?  I thought I should pass it along.



Always On Watch said...

Excellent advice!

I'll put my car keys beside the bed from now on.

Unfortunately, my oldest car has no such alarm.

Two more bits of advice:

1) install a dead bolt at the top of your bedroom door

2) always call 9-1-1 from your landline home phone so that the emergency personnel can triangle your location

Silverfiddle said...

That is excellent advice.

The sound of a a pump action shotgun being racked in the dark of night could also be a good incentive for an intruder to turn tail and run...

Joe said...

I keep my keys by my bed. Problem is, they don't have one of those alarm thingies.

I like the shot gun better.

But I don't have one by my bed.

Sun Cracked Soul said...

Great idea. But that may not work if the intruders had already stolen their car.. LOL

Ducky's here said...

Yeah, I'm getting sloppy. There hasn't been a break in on the street in the 40 years I've lived here.

Sometimes I leave my door open.

Ticker said...

Good idea. That along with the barking of a 120lb Doberman should repel any intruder. If all else fails the last sound they will hear will the the racking of my 18 3/4" barrel 12ga as I chamber a round and pull the trigger all in an instant.

shoprat said...

Good idea.

Bunkerville said...

Thank so much.. I will sleep like a baby tonight.. but then I usually do with my .38 right on my night stand.!! :))

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Lisa said...

Great advice . I will do that from now on even though my dog is small, he is quite the aggressor. Plus my ADT alarm will go off but I like the idea that the outside noise from the car will alert the neighbors.
So when I go to bet tonite I have a checklist:
Excedrin Migraine(just in case)

Z said...

Lisa ..., Excedrin Migraine is always in my nightstand drawer..:-)
My big grocery store nearby isn't carrying it anymore because there was some scare that NODOZ or something had mixed into Excedrin, but I don't care...that stuff WORKS!
I don't have a car alarm, so this key thing wouldn't work for me, but I sure did think it was a valid idea and am glad most of you agree.

don't have a gun, either...wish I'd got one when Mr. Z and I'd discussed it...we were planning to.

Z said...

This is from a former blogger/commenter you all know and love...sent to me vial email:

"I agree with AOW and Silverfiddle; the problem is the Genovese Syndrome —a condition where timid neighbors, hearing your car alarm, peek out of their drapes in the middle of the night and then do nothing. I recall that during the 1970s, a man broke into LA apartments, raping and murdering his victims. Yes, he was eventually captured and is now serving a life term in a California penitentiary, courtesy of the taxpayer. I think it would be far better to introduce an intruder to our good friend Sam Colt. Plus, you put Americans to work manufacturing ammunition, you place yourself in the enviable position of becoming Environmentalist of the Year for removing scum from the planet, and you saved the taxpayers from having to pay for a long, drawn-out trial."


Leticia said...

I would have never thought of that! What a great idea.

I am also going to share this on my Facebook page.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Hmmmm. I gouged out that button because I got tired of it going off inadvertently.

Z said...

Ed, can't help you there :-)

Leticia...good! The more know, the better; maybe we'll help someone somehow by sharing this tip.

Anonymous said...

Boy am I glad I live in a place you don't have to worry about that. When 90% of the people own guns you don't have too many burglaries. The only time I lock my doors is when I'm leaving town for a few days.

Ticker said...

Plus, you put Americans to work manufacturing ammunition, you place yourself in the enviable position of becoming Environmentalist of the Year for removing scum from the planet, and you saved the taxpayers from having to pay for a long, drawn-out trial."


Kid said...

That is good advice. Since you brought it up, I thought I'd take the opportunity to say that if you have a home alarm, and it goes off, call 911 yourself immediately, don't wait for the guy/gal in India to do it for you.

Anonymous said...

LMAO.....of course in Kafkkafornia...you're left with your car keys as a "defensive" weapon.

Jeez....see...this is what happens when a silly state like CA managed by liberal loons, tofu eaters, snail darter lovers, bark humpers, barkers at the moon, no energy, no BBQ burning, no outdoor wood burning...majority voting over turned and nullified by illegal black robed "judicial criminals and terrorists".

Plus terrified by the totallly homo militant army assembled in SFO to kill all morality in the state...to kill all dissent in that state...

Led by a retarded washed up old hippy, retread has been who everyone refers to as..."MOONBEAM". Sorry CA..you're a silly has been and a joke. You're an example to all...of what NOT to be. What not to emulate. Thanks for demonstrating so clearly what happens to a society, a government and a society when the screwballs in SFO and Oakland are in charge.

You're surprised that you can't even use PEPPER SPRAY...let alone a GD gun ( because CA has decided that the 2nd Amendment doesn't suit them?

Please....you've lost whatever rage you think you're "entitled" to. And that began once you accepted to be taxed at a Plus 10%.

But alas...it sure is a "pretty" place to die a slow death in...isn't it?

Z said...

Ticker, wasn't that GREAT?!!
(it's from Mustang..!!)

Kid, more good advice!

Imp...what's this got to do with California? Man.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Actually, being a cop, I must say that's an excellent idea. Not all, but many cars have this feature on the back of the remote's fob.