AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - If your house was being burglarized, would you use the panic button on your car keys to scare the bad guys away?
Lt. Jake Mahoney with the Aiken Department of Public Safety said using a panic button on a set of keys can't hurt.
"It is a great tool to be prepared to use as part of your situational awareness plan," Mahoney said.
But he warns that many people have become accustomed to car alarms going off through the day.
"Car alarms aren't as effective as they once were," Mahoney said.
He recommends using a panic button if you think someone is breaking into your house or if you feel like someone is following you in a dark parking lot. But Mahoney says you should also dial 911 and have a plan before you reach for the keys.
"The best way to keep yourself safe at home is to have a good security system for your home, with plenty of outside lighting, possibly motion lights, good door locks and deadbolts," Lt. Mahoney said.