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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:

Roadshow: Car alarms have few defenders - San Jose Mercury News

Roadshow: Car alarms have few defenders
San Jose Mercury News
Q In answer to Paul Gregory's question, yes, car alarms work. On one occasion a thief was breaking into a neighboring car and bumped into mine. My alarm went off and my neighbor saw the thief scurry off. Another time thieves broke into several cars at ...

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Car & Home Alarm Companies See Increased Business Due to Recent Burglaries - KBTX

Car & Home Alarm Companies See Increased Business Due to Recent Burglaries
KBTX
If your vehicle comes with a factory alarm, it will only go off when you open the car, but it doesn't sound off at all if someone is trying to take the tires off of your vehicle. "Most stock vehicles don't actually have a full alarm system that's why ...

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99% of drivers would not investigate a car alarm - Fleet World

Fleet World

99% of drivers would not investigate a car alarm
Fleet World
99% of drivers and householders said they wouldn't go to investigate a car alarm if they heard one sounding. According to a recent survey by car leasing company Flexed.co.uk, the car alarm is possibly the most ignored sound in Britain, with 99% of ...

Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms - NPR

NPR

Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms
NPR
It's almost impossible to ignore a screaming baby. (Click here if you doubt that.) And now scientists think they know why. "Screams occupy their own little patch of the soundscape that doesn't seem to be used for other things," says David Poeppel, a ...
Screaming Triggers Alarm Bells in the BrainLive Science
Scream Research Could Lead to Scarier AlarmsDiscovery News
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Hack of connected car raises alarm over driver safety - USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Hack of connected car raises alarm over driver safety
USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — Don't send your old clunker of a retro-mobile to the automotive junk yard just yet. It may be the safest machine on the road. In an article published Tuesday, Wired magazine reports on how it engaged two hackers to see if they could ...

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New Infant Car Seat Triggers Alarm to Prevent Deaths - AmeriPublications

AmeriPublications

New Infant Car Seat Triggers Alarm to Prevent Deaths
AmeriPublications
There is an alarm for your seatbelt if it is not fastened, alarms if you leave your headlights on, alarms telling you that your keys are still in the ignition when opening your door, among many others. A similar warning signal has been developed for ...
Evenflo takes safety precautionsTroy Daily News

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How Walmart's New Car Seat Will Save Babies' Lives - Yahoo Parenting

Yahoo Parenting

How Walmart's New Car Seat Will Save Babies' Lives
Yahoo Parenting
Hoping to stop the fatal phenomenon of kids left alone in hot cars, Walmart just began selling Evenflo's “smart” car seat, which reminds drivers there's a child in the back seat by sounding an alarm when the ignition turns off. (Photo: Evenflo). In the ...
New car seat sounds alarm when babies are left inside in bid to prevent heat ...The Independent
Car seat aims to prevent heat-related deaths by sounding alarm if baby is left ...MyFOXPhilly.com
Available Friday: New car seat sounds alarm if child left insideWCYB
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Car Alarm Alerts Sleeping Hamden Resident to Overnight Burglary - NBC Connecticut

NBC Connecticut

Car Alarm Alerts Sleeping Hamden Resident to Overnight Burglary
NBC Connecticut
A sleeping Hamden resident was jolted awake early Monday morning when an intruder set off the homeowner's car alarm, according to police. Hamden police said the burglar slipped through the front window of a home on Mather Street sometime before 2:30 ...
Suspect(s) Attempt to Steal 52-Inch TV During Overnight Burglary in HamdenPatch.com

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Fire burns two apartment buildings and blows up car in Manchester - WMUR Manchester

WMUR Manchester

Fire burns two apartment buildings and blows up car in Manchester
WMUR Manchester
Officials say more than 60 firefighters battled the four-alarm blaze that charred two apartment buildings on Second Street. The fire reportedly spread to a car on Turner Street and ignited the fuel tank, causing it to explode. Click here to see photos ...
Three-alarm blaze destroys two buildings, injures firefighterBoston Globe
17 homeless, 2 firefighters hurt in three-alarm fire in ManchesterThe Union Leader
Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Fire At Manchester, NH Apartment BuildingsCBS Local

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Fireman Paul Keenor killed responding to false alarm call - BBC News

BBC News

Fireman Paul Keenor killed responding to false alarm call
BBC News
A retained firefighter killed when his car hit a wall in West Sussex was responding to a 999 false alarm. Paul Keenor, 23, was driving a Toyota Celica on Wall Hill Road in Ashurst Wood, near East Grinstead, when it crashed at about 23:55 BST on Saturday.
Car crash fireman dies responding to 999 callBT.com
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