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Protecting Your Home with Your Car Alarm

Updated on March 20, 2007

Almost Two for the Price of One

Crime is, and always has been, a fact of life. In some ways dealing with crime is similar to an escalating arms race between the the criminals and their potential victims. We employ better and better security and they develop new techniques to overcome our security systems and break into our homes. Things like strong doors, good locks, outdoor lighting at night are simple, cost effective and fairly effective for protecting against the garden variety criminal.

However, as we deploy ever more sophisticated security systems the cost, in both dollars and freedom, increases. Bars on windows, help keep crooks out but, in addition to the financial cost, make it more difficult to escape ourselves in case of fire. And so it goes.

I recently received an email from a friend - one of those advice emails that people are encouraged to forward on indefinitely with some practical advice.

Car theft being a problem, more and more cars are coming equipped with an alarm system. In a many places they are so common and are set off accidentally so frequently that I sometimes doubt their effectiveness as a good deterrent. However, regardless of whether most people pay attention to them when they go off in shopping mall parking lots, it has to be unnerving for the average car thief, who is nervous to begin with, to have this going off while he is trying to do his work. Since there are probably more run of the mill thief who are easily spooked than professionals, I suppose the alarm systems do provide an acceptable level of protection. The suggestion in this email was that for people who park their cars in a garage or carport attached to the home or in the driveway next to the house to keep their car keys near by and at night, keep them on the night stand next to the bed. In this way if you hear someone trying to break in, you can press the panic button on the electronic door key to set off the car alarm. Of course to be effective, the car has to be close enough to the house to be within range of the electronic key.

In a residential area, a car alarm going off in the middle of the night is bound to attract attention, if only to bring out angry neighbors upset over having their sleep disturbed. It is also sure to spook most thief's when an alarm starts blaring, breaking the silence of the night which the thief is counting on as part of his cover. The beauty of this idea is that, since the car alarm is already paid for, you, in effect, get nighttime alarm coverage at no extra cost beyond having to remember to place your car keys on your nightstand before going to bed. Of course, day time coverage is limited to the times you and the car are at home so this idea does nothing to protect your possessions while you are away from home. However, the system does give you an added layer of protection when you and your family are at home and your personal safety is at stake.


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      Misha 10 years ago from DC Area

      Nice idea. But I prefer to live in the area where I don't need an alarm at all...

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      John Carter 10 years ago

      Now that is what I call using your head. Nice idea, I never would have thought about udsing my car alarm as a home security device. Very innovative, congratulations.

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      seized car auctions 10 years ago

      Almost all of my friends and colleges have at least once had their car stolen or broken into. As far as I can tell a thief who has already started breaking into a car won't let go just by hearing an alarm. Instead they will get even more brutal with whatever they do to finish the 'job' they started. I think anything that deters criminals to not even start is the best security you can have. Show them that you car has either nothing valuable inside or at least appears to be secure or hard to break into. I have just read an article about deterring burglars (it was about home not cars but I think the strategies are similar)


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      Chuck Nugent 10 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Thanks for the comment. Until I read this and thought about it, I would have never thought about it either. However, it seems like a practical and easy to use idea. Chuck

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      Car Alarms Info 10 years ago

      Excellent information ! never could I have guessed it was possible.

      Thanks a lot for sharing this.

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      bobmnu 10 years ago

      Sounds like a great idea. Criminals have one thng in common and that is they hate to have attention called to them. Any noise will deter them. I have also read that another inexpensive and effective weapon in the war on crime is to have a NRA sticker on you door or window. The criminal does not know if it is true or not and if it is true are you one of those that keeps a loaded gun by your bed. Most of the time they will move on to another house.

      Thanks for the good post.

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      Chuck Nugent 10 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Thanks for the comment wajay_47. Like I said in the article, the idea itself came from someone else, but it made great sense so I decided to write about it.

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      wajay_47 10 years ago

      That is a great idea, Chuck! Great hub!