The important reason why police are urging people: “Keep car keys beside your bed at night”

I am sharing this with everyone I know because it could save a life. But it’s one of those things that most people don’t think about. After you read this, you will start keeping your keys by your bed at night.

Please keep your keys by your bed at night. Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, the check-out person at the market, and everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

This tip would be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My senior 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.

If you hear a suspicious noise outside your home or if someone is trying to break into your house, simply press the panic button for your car’s key fob. The alarm will go off and won’t stop until the car battery runs out or you turn it off. That’s some pretty good security I bet you didn’t know you had.

This life-saving tip came from a local neighborhood watch police coordinator.  Next time you come home for the night before you start to put your keys away, remember you’ve got powerful protection in the palm of your hands. Use it!

Think of it this way: What you have is a pocket security system. It doesn’t require any phone fumbling or dialing in the middle of the night. It’s fast, it’s easy and it might just save your life.

Your keychain is a powerful security alarm that you probably already have and requires zero installation or set up, but be sure to test it. You can do this with a friend’s or neighbor’s help. Take your keys and go to your bedroom and the press the panic button.

You’ll be surprised to find that it goes off 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. Most systems work 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.

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