Useful Tips: 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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    Remember to...

  • Ask a trusted neighbor to put garbage in your garbage cans and haul out to the curb for pickup.
  • Garbage cans on the street later in the day or next day is usually a sign that nobody is home.  Maybe neighbors can help each other
    out by taking these cans off the street.
  • Don't let your newspapers or mail build up while you're gone, have a neighbor collect them for you.

    Be Prepared for Emergencies
    Gary Monk, CBCP

    This article outlines what we, as individuals, can do to ensure the safety and survival of ourselves and our families
    during and after a disaster.

    The unfortunate reality is that in these financially challenged times, the budgets of our local governments may not allow for
    them to be there to assist us for three to seven days after a major disaster. First priority is given to hospitals, utilities, public
    infrastructure, etc.

    So, as smart members of the community, we need to understand the need to have family emergency response plans for our
    family as well as businesses. During or after an event is not the time to do your planning. Now, before the inevitable emergency,
    is the time to do planning and purchase needed supplies.

    I was exposed to this field in the mid-1980’s and got involved full-time after the 1989 Quake. Emergency Preparedness is
    important no matter where you live in the world, but especially to those of us that choose to live in California.

    In Northern California, we face potential threats from earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, tornados, wild fires and a pandemic.
    Fortunately, there are a number of emergency preparedness resources available to you online.

    One of the most comprehensive guides is titled Are You Ready? – An In Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness.

    The guide was revised in August 2004 to provide the most current and up-to-date Emergency Preparedness information
    available. It provides a step-by-step approach to Emergency Preparedness by walking you through how to document an
    emergency plan, how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan, and how to prepare a disaster supplies
    kit. The guide is provided free online by FEMA:

    It is important that you familiarize all family members with the emergency plan periodically. We have learned from past events
    that people have memory challenges during or immediately after an emergency due to the stress of the emergency. Practice
    and review of emergency plans increases the odds you can use them successfully during and after an event.

    Additional Public Sector Publications available to you on the web:

    Inexpensive Home Protection Ideas
    Posted by webmaster on 03/30/2012

    I wanted to share some inexpensive ideas with my fellow Vallejo neighbors. With the reduction of police officers on patrol in our city
    it’s very important that we all stay diligent in keeping our neighbors and homes protected from potential criminals.

    Here are some very simple and inexpensive ways in to keep your peace of mind while you are away.
    When putting out your trash, be careful what you expose. For example, let’s say you just bought a new television. In throwing out the
    box, cut it down to pieces and put them in trash bags.

    Shredding personal identification information is also important, since identity theft is getting worse nowadays.

    You should use good common sense when it comes to keeping your home secure.

    Never leave your doors unlocked even if you're home. Always instill good home security habits in your children as well.

    Install motion lights at both the front and back of your home so people will be aware that someone is always home. Censor lights are
    a must for those that have alleyways behind their homes. Have your neighbors place them also.

    If you go on vacation, have someone house sit or at least check in on your home so people do not know you're away. Due to harsh
    economic times, the number of home invasions is on the rise.

    Find out your local area's crime statistics so you can be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood, and so you can be properly
    prepared and ensure your home stays safe and secure. A great source for this information is online at:

    Put up a sign that says Video Surveillance camera on the property. A thief will think twice before entering a dwelling with this sign.
    (If you can’t afford a real camera system, buy a fake one. These are very inexpensive, but a great deterrent.)

    Place metal plates in your door jams to reinforce them.

    Never leave things in the car —change, cigarettes, jackets or anything shiny. This is an open invitation for thieves. Specifically: Never
    leave your garage door opener inside the car!!

    Here are some additional simple and inexpensive ideas to keep your home secure.

  • Dog Barking Motion Detectors starting at $29.95 – Lets intruders think you have a dog inside the yard or home.
  • Baby Monitors (wireless) starting at $16.99 to $230.99. We have one hooked into our garage to hear any kind of noise

  • Fake TV’s starting at 24.99. It looks as if you are home while you’re away.

  • Driveway wireless sensors starting at $ 18.50. These let you know who’s approaching your yard.

  • Window alarm censors, starting at $14.86. These let you know if someone is trying to enter your home through a window.

  • Waterproof & Wireless Alarm Siren Unit, starting at 16.99  

  • Also, bells on your gate will let you know that someone is trying to gain access to your backyard. (Also: deadbolt the gate – this
    is a great deterrent.)

    Drill a hole into the floor of your garage and place a medal rod into the ground and place a barrier bar across the inside of the
    garage to stop entry. This will cost you about $20.00 for materials.

    I hope some of these ideas will benefit you and your neighbors. These are trying times, but we’ll be able to overcome these difficulties
    if we all come together in fighting the crime in our city.