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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:

BMW gets hosed during Boston 8-alarm fire - WWLP 22News

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BMW gets hosed during Boston 8-alarm fire
WWLP 22News
BOSTON (CNN) – We all know we're not supposed to park in front of fire hydrants. However, if you think getting towed is the worst that can happen then you're in for a surprise. No. It's not snakes in a car. It's hose in a BMW. “The firefighters, you ...
30+ people affected by 8-alarm East Boston blazeWCVB Boston
8-Alarm East Boston Fire Caused by Fire in Car Engineabc40
Car Blocks Fire Hydrant During Eight Alarm Fire in BostonFireEngineering.com
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Oil train car fire in Moorhead turns out to be false alarm - In-Forum

Oil train car fire in Moorhead turns out to be false alarm
In-Forum
MOORHEAD – A call from a concerned citizen about a possible oil train car fire here turned out to be a false alarm, according to Dilworth police official who responded to the scene. By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM. MOORHEAD – A call from a concerned ...

Aerial video: Multi-alarm motel fire in Muhlenberg - WFMZ Allentown

Aerial video: Multi-alarm motel fire in Muhlenberg
WFMZ Allentown
Aerial video shows the destruction caused by a multi-alarm fire at the Klein's Motel on the 5th Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township. ... A man was killed when his car left a road and hit a tree in Berks County early Wednesday morning. Images: Fatal ...

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North Battleford woman scares off attacker by using car alarm - CBC.ca

CBC.ca

North Battleford woman scares off attacker by using car alarm
CBC.ca
The RCMP in North Battleford, Sask., are praising a woman for her resourcefulness after she used a car alarm to scare off the man attacking her early Saturday morning. The confrontation happened at around 1 a.m. CST in front of the woman's home on ...

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Car alarm thwarts sexual assault at knife point - News Talk 650 CKOM

Car alarm thwarts sexual assault at knife point
News Talk 650 CKOM
Car alarm thwarts sexual assault at knife point. North Battleford RCMP hunt for suspect following Friday night attack. Reported by News Talk Radio staff. First Posted: Mar 29, 2014 1:56pm. Change text size: + -. A car alarm may have saved a North ...

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Burst water main floods downtown Corvallis streets - KTVZ

Burst water main floods downtown Corvallis streets
KTVZ
Workers in an insurance office said the asphalt outside heaved, a car alarm went off as the pavement rose above the curb, and they at first thought it was an earthquake. The water reached a few inches from the door to their office. Water pressure was ...

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Viper SmartKey unlocks cars with hands-free ease, but requires alarm - CNET

Viper SmartKey unlocks cars with hands-free ease, but requires alarm
CNET
... in this system. It includes the basic whoop whoop car alarm (being a city dweller, I'm not a fan of this feature), remote engine start (not installed on my car because of its manual transmission), car locator, cloud-based remote unlocking, and geo ...

Cops: Car dealership bandit strikes in West Norriton - The Times Herald

Cops: Car dealership bandit strikes in West Norriton
The Times Herald
WEST NORRITON — On April 20 at 8:03 a.m. police responded to a security alarm at Sport Chrysler Jeep at 1416 W, Main Street. A rear glass door had been shattered. Officer's checked the area and found no one there. After the scene was secured, a store ...

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Neighborhood brouhaha erupts as Novato garage burns - Marin Independent Journal

Neighborhood brouhaha erupts as Novato garage burns
Marin Independent Journal
According to Novato Fire Chief Mark Heine, firefighters arrived at 3:17 a.m. and brought the two-alarm fire under control by 4 a.m. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal) Frankie Frost. Click photo to enlarge. Firefighters douse a garage fire at ...
Novato man punches neighbor after garage fire damages his carSan Jose Mercury News

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How was Gerrit Cole not suspended? He basically started the brawl - CBSSports.com

How was Gerrit Cole not suspended? He basically started the brawl
CBSSports.com
He's the one screwing up, causing a chain reaction that resulted in 12 cars piling up while he goes about his business, blissfully unaware of his role in the whole thing. That's Cole, minus the ... And if you don't know that, you're either (A) a ...



 
 

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