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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:

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Los Angeles Times

Sex, joy rides and car chases: Scandal in LAPD youth cadet ...
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A recent scandal involving cadets, stolen police cars and illicit sex has illuminated deficiencies in the cadet program and in how the LAPD keeps track of its ...

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Madison police hold neighborhood meeting in light of recent crime - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Madison police hold neighborhood meeting in light of recent crime
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John Cox was relaxing at home around 10:30 Sunday night when his neighbor texted him saying his car alarm was going off. "Came down to the car and looked. There was the window smacked out," he said. Shards of glass still surrounded the car on Monday ...

3-alarm car wash fire likely caused by plug-in vacuum | WPMT FOX43 - FOX43.com

FOX43.com

3-alarm car wash fire likely caused by plug-in vacuum | WPMT FOX43
FOX43.com
Police say a woman was cleaning her car at the car wash using a vacuum that plugs into a cars lighter port. The woman noticed smoke coming from the dash ...

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WATCH: Dog acts as built-in car alarm - WTVD-TV

WTVD-TV

WATCH: Dog acts as built-in car alarm
WTVD-TV
On Sunday, Charlotte Baker was sitting in Colorado parking lot when she heard someone's car alarm going off or so she thought. However, after looking around, she found that the "alarm" she heard was actually a dog. Stay on top of breaking news stories ...

Beebe students' invention designed to prevent hot car deaths - KATV

KATV

Beebe students' invention designed to prevent hot car deaths
KATV
Asa Hutchinson on Monday to present an electronic device they designed and built. It attaches to a child's car seat and monitors the temperature when a child is sitting in it. When the temperature reaches 80 degrees, the device triggers the car's panic ...

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Palmyra man found dancing to car alarm in street - Lebanon Daily News

Lebanon Daily News

Palmyra man found dancing to car alarm in street
Lebanon Daily News
A Palmyra man was charged Monday with public drunkenness after he was found dancing in the street to a car alarm April 8. Zachary Klein, 23, of 739 Harnish St., Palmyra, was charged after police, who were responding to an attempted burglary in progress ...

Consumer group raises alarm about rollback of mpg targets - Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Consumer group raises alarm about rollback of mpg targets
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The Consumer Federation of America released data it says show that the value of fuel savings from higher mpg outweighs the added cost of vehicles with ...

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Police: 51 smash-and-grabs happen in one night between ... - KGO-TV

KGO-TV

Police: 51 smash-and-grabs happen in one night between ...
KGO-TV
The crime spree started when 17 cars lined up near the front door of a Hampton Inn in Brentwood had their passenger windows smashed sometime before 3 ...

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Beverly Police logs, July 20-23 - Wicked Local Beverly

Wicked Local Beverly

Beverly Police logs, July 20-23
Wicked Local Beverly
4:28 a.m. A car alarm was reported to have been activated on Scenna Road. 5:12 a.m. A barking dog was reported on McKinley Avenue. 6:42 a.m. Loud construction noise was reported on Porter Street. 9:48 a.m. An OUI arrest was made at McKay Street and ...

Lebanon car wash fire goes to three alarms - WGAL Lancaster

WGAL Lancaster

Lebanon car wash fire goes to three alarms
WGAL Lancaster
Emergency dispatchers say crews battled a car fire in a Lebanon car wash and adjoining building Saturday morning. The three-alarm fire started around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, in the 1700 block of East Cumberland Street. Advertisement. Officials say county ...
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