Useful Tip: Your Car Keys Are a Panic Alarm

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get into your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will go off, and the horn and flashing lights will continue to sound until either you reset it with the button on the key fob or the car battery dies.

Test it. It will go off from almost everywhere inside your house. It works if you park in your driveway or your garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the intruder won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and the criminal won’t want that.

Also: Remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. (This is in fact the panic alarm’s intended purpose.)

Your keys can also be useful for any emergency where you can’t reach a phone, such as a heart attack or a bad fall.

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