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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:

Crime Bits: Filling Station Holdup, Car Alarm, Daylight Mugging - NOLA Defender

NOLA Defender

Crime Bits: Filling Station Holdup, Car Alarm, Daylight Mugging
NOLA Defender
Police are searching for suspects in two West Bank crimes, and one MidCity robbery. In the latter case, an gas station attendant foiled a felony, but the suspect is still at large. Across the river, a car alarm actually did something besides annoy the ...

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Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales - Yahoo!7 News

Yahoo!7 News

Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales
Yahoo!7 News
UK-JAPAN-AUTOS:Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales Visitors look at Toyota cars at the company's showroom in Tokyo November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai. By Maki Shiraki. TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Japan's auto lobby on ...

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Neighbor Dispatches Martian Warrior in Response to Annoying Chicago Car Alarm - Patch.com

Neighbor Dispatches Martian Warrior in Response to Annoying Chicago Car Alarm
Patch.com
To guard against this happening again, someone left a sternly worded note — and a Martian warrior — on the offender's car: “Dear a------ ... Your car alarm went off for 1 1/2 hours last night. You cost the neighborhood REM sleep, growth hormone AND ...

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Be proactive about preventing auto theft - Bellingham Herald

Be proactive about preventing auto theft
Bellingham Herald
One of the best preventive measures is buying a car alarm from a reputable company. Get references or check Angie's List for reviews on companies in your area. Some insurance companies offer discounts for car alarms or other anti-theft devices.

2-Alarm Fire at South Jersey Car Dealership - NBC 10 Philadelphia

2-Alarm Fire at South Jersey Car Dealership
NBC 10 Philadelphia
Flames tore through a South Jersey car dealership early Saturday morning as firefighters worked to contain the 2-alarm blaze. The fire broke out at the Nissan dealership at 1715 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland around 5:30 a.m., according to officials.

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Inside the 170-mph alarm clock of an Audi R8 race car at Daytona - Yahoo Singapore News (blog)

Yahoo Singapore News (blog)

Inside the 170-mph alarm clock of an Audi R8 race car at Daytona
Yahoo Singapore News (blog)
The inaugural Classic 24 Hours at Daytona boasted every vintage race car you've ever dreamed of. Witnessing them all in the depth of the night, headlamps blazing a beam as striking as Vader's lightsaber, is beyond evocative. It's why I fell in love ...

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Video: Koenigsegg One:1's Revving Engine Makes Ferraris Squeal - Top Speed

Video: Koenigsegg One:1's Revving Engine Makes Ferraris Squeal
Top Speed
Well, according to YouTube user Matthias Kierse, the man who uploaded this video, the car alarm belonged to a Ferrari, and was set off simply because the One:1 sprung to life. Yep. The Koenigsegg One:1's engine noise makes Ferraris squeamish that they ...

Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III Track Test - Motor Trend

Motor Trend

Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III Track Test
Motor Trend
It was the piercing car-alarm pedestrian warning of the otherwise-silent all-electric Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III on its way to the all-time fourth fastest run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Its 9:08.188 time bagged this year's Electric ...

Shopping in safety: Violence rare at local malls - The Journal News | LoHud.com

The Journal News | LoHud.com

Shopping in safety: Violence rare at local malls
The Journal News | LoHud.com
The Westchester dealt with 204 reported shoplifting and criminal mischief cases. The Galleria saw police respond to 70 vehicle accidents and more than 200 alarms, as well as more than 500 shoplifting cases, some fraud and thefts. White Plains police ...

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Letter: Fluoride nearly impossible to filter - Gloucester Daily Times

Letter: Fluoride nearly impossible to filter
Gloucester Daily Times
If a house is on fire, and a car alarm goes off while firemen put it out, it's not prudent to assume that the car alarm put it out. Again, we hear about dentists presenting their “scientific” evidence, which is entirely anecdotal, and not in the least ...



 
 

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