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CAR ALARM & REMOTE CAR STARTERS INFO:

Car alarm is an electronic device installed in a vehicle (car, truck, boat, motorcycle) in an attempt to discourage theft of the vehicle itself, its contents, or both. Alarms work by emitting high-volume sounds (usually a siren, Klaxon, pre-recorded verbal warning, the vehicle's own horn, or a combination thereof) when the conditions necessary for triggering are met, as well as by flashing some of the vehicle's lights, and (optionally) notifying the car's owner via a paging system and interrupting various electrical circuits necessary for the car to start.

Many Poeple get confused between an alarm and immobilizer. An immobilizer is an electronic device fitted to an automobile which prevents the engine from running unless the correct key (or other token) is present. This prevents the car from being "hot wired" after entry has been achieved.

Car Alarm Advantages:

Having an expensive aftermarket system in a car without an alarm is asking for trouble. I've heard too many stories of people learning the hard way and losing a lot of money when they find out that their aftermarket audio system was not covered by their insurance. Car alarms may not be able to stop the thief but they do attract a lot of attention to the thief's activities. Besides having an alarm system, here are a few other pieces of advice to keep your systems in a safe place.

    * Don't drive through neighborhoods blasting the bass and calling attention to your system. Not only is this a courtesy to the residents but it also keeps the local hoods from scoping your ride as their next target.

    * When parking your vehicle, try to park under lights and in an area where it is not hidden from view. Keeping it in the open reduces your chance of a thief breaking in to it. Thieves hate to be seen.

    * Try to keep areas within the vehicle looking as stock or stealth as possible. Large aftermarket grilles are a nice advertisement that you have more than OEM equipment. Try to concentrate style in areas that are hidden from the exterior view, such as in the trunk.

Car Alarm Types:

There are two main types of car alarm activation methods. Passive and active. Passive alarms automatically enter an armed state after the ignition is turned off and the last door is closed. Active alarms require the user to press the transmitter button to arm and disarm the system. If you set your alarm to arm passively you can probably get a discount on your insurance. Check with your insurance provider. You may get a discount either way. Most good alarm systems can be configured as passive or active arming.

An alarm system should be put in at the same time or before a stereo system is put in. By waiting until after the system is in you run the risk of having it stolen before the alarm is installed.
When shopping for an alarm, don't be cheap. A good quality unit can be purchased for about a hundred dollars if you shop around. For two hundred dollars you should get an alarm with some extensive features built in. Installation for the car alarm will run about one hundred dollars and up depending on how many extra features that you want hooked up and how fancy you want the installation to look. Keep the appearance on at least the same level as the stereo system, especially if you plan on competing in car sound off competitions.

If you want to install your own car alarm or remote car starters, make sure you read the manual carefully.

Car Alarm Features:

There are probably more features available on a car alarm than any other single category of equipment available for your system. There are new features constantly popping up on the market. Here are some of the most common.

Active Re-arm: After the alarm has been disarmed the system will automatically re-arm after a specified amount of time if a door is not opened. This is to prevent accidental disarming by the remote transmitter.

Air Horns: These are used on the interior or exterior to call more attention and cause pain to the thief if he makes it into the interior of the vehicle.
Anti-Code Grabbing: A method employed to change the alarm code with every arm/disarm. The purpose of which is to defeat code grabbing equipment that can capture and resend your code to disarm the alarm at the thief's leisure.

For information about remote car starters, visit: Remote Car Starters

 
CAR ALARM NEWS:

Car alarm leads Moorhead police to sleeping drug suspect - KFGO

KFGO

Car alarm leads Moorhead police to sleeping drug suspect
KFGO
MOORHEAD, Minn. (KFGO-AM) - Moorhead police had some unusual help in finding a man fast asleep inside an SUV with two open beer cans. Police were called on a loud noise complaint to the 2400-block of 3rd avenue north at around 4 am Sunday.

Mitsubishi Outlander car alarm can be hacked through Wi-Fi - ZDNet

ZDNet

Mitsubishi Outlander car alarm can be hacked through Wi-Fi
ZDNet
Vulnerabilities in the Mitsubishi Outlander's Wi-Fi console allow cyberattackers to turn off car alarms before potentially stealing the vehicle, researchers have found. On Monday, security experts from PenTestPartners said the Japanese firm's Outlander ...
Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid car alarm 'hacked'BBC News
Researchers remotely disable car alarm thanks to weak Wi-Fi securityBetaNews
Hacker exploit Wi-Fi vulnerability, hack Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid car alarmTechworm
The Times (subscription) -ISBuzz News -Mirror.co.uk
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Jamie Dimon sounds alarm on car loans - MarketWatch

Telegraph.co.uk

Jamie Dimon sounds alarm on car loans
MarketWatch
The head of the nation's largest bank by assets noted that the fast-growing auto-loan market, which has boomed along with rising car sales, a decline in gasoline prices and a consistently growing economy, may not remain a bright spot for long. "Someone ...
JP Morgan Chief James Dimon Sounds Alarm on Car Loans -- UpdateNasdaq

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Abandoned car forces police to close bridge next to British parliament - RT

RT

Abandoned car forces police to close bridge next to British parliament
RT
False alarm: abandoned car forces police to close bridge next to British parliament. Published time: 28 Jun, 2016 14:54 Edited time: 28 Jun, 2016 15:48. Get short URL. File photo: Commuters and traffic pass over Westminster Bridge in London © Toby ...

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Suspected car intruder tackled by man in boxer shorts, Madison police say - Madison.com

WDJT

Suspected car intruder tackled by man in boxer shorts, Madison police say
Madison.com
A Southwest Side man who heard his car alarm go off early Thursday morning ran outside in his boxer shorts to give chase to the suspected intruder, tackling the teen about two blocks way. A neighbor to the man in boxers, also hearing the alarm, armed ...
Neighbors detain teen accused of breaking into cars, police sayChannel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Crime victim and neighbor detain theft suspect while Madison Police respondWKOW
Suspect arrested for entering a locked vehicleWMTV

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E. Moriches dad recounts delivering baby in car - News 12 Long Island

News 12 Long Island

E. Moriches dad recounts delivering baby in car
News 12 Long Island
The family had just had a false alarm Saturday night when Dolber's wife, Casey, thought she might be going into labor. But just five minutes after leaving home Wednesday, it was the real thing. Dolber called 911 and pulled over. The dispatcher ...

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Eastern Travis Co. residents fight series of home, car burglaries - KEYE TV

KEYE TV

Eastern Travis Co. residents fight series of home, car burglaries
KEYE TV
The uptick in home and vehicle burglaries has some residents beefing up security. "I have an alarm now," says Doris Amador, whose truck was broken into. Security systems and surveillance cameras are a common sight on Secure Lane-- a street that hasn't ...

Man arrested after break-in at Springfield business - KY3

KY3

Man arrested after break-in at Springfield business
KY3
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A man is being questioned after police say he broke into a business Friday morning. A security alarm went off at the used car lot at Sunshine and Fort. Police surrounded the business, but the man got away. He was spotted a short time ...

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Ohio State's Electric Motorcycle Takes On a Punishing Mountain Course - IEEE Spectrum

IEEE Spectrum

Ohio State's Electric Motorcycle Takes On a Punishing Mountain Course
IEEE Spectrum
The fix: an $8 car alarm. More serious was the tendency of the motor to cut out, which forced the professionl driver, Rob “The Bullet” Barber, to reset the system. The initial fix was a workaround circuit, but when the power cutouts became more ...

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1 year later: Officials deem CodeRED alert system a success in RI - WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

1 year later: Officials deem CodeRED alert system a success in RI
WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
According to Gaynor, “if you use it too much, people ignore it. It's like a car alarm going off. Everyone walks by it, they don't pay attention.” The system has never had to send a statewide message, which Gaynor thinks is a good thing. “So when it ...

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