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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:

CORONA: Man investigating car alarm is shot, wounded - Press-Enterprise

CORONA: Man investigating car alarm is shot, wounded
Press-Enterprise
About 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a man decided to investigate a car alarm in the parking lot at the Hills of Corona apartment complex in the 400 block of Richey Street behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter and near Promenade Park, said Corona police Sgt. Paul ...

Man checking on car alarm in St. Louis is shot in face - STLtoday.com

STLtoday.com

Man checking on car alarm in St. Louis is shot in face
STLtoday.com
ST. LOUIS • A man who stepped outside his home to check on a car alarm is recovering after being shot in the face and arm Monday night, police say. The victim, 41, was stable at a hospital. He was shot just before 10 p.m. Monday in the 4400 block of ...

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Firefighters extinguish one-alarm car fire near Hayward - Contra Costa Times

Patch.com

Firefighters extinguish one-alarm car fire near Hayward
Contra Costa Times
HAYWARD -- Firefighters put out a car fire in a car port in Hayward this morning, according to the Alameda County Fire Department. The one-alarm fire was knocked out in about 10 minutes and no injuries were reported, according to a dispatcher ...
Officials Investigating Cause of Carport Fire Near HaywardPatch.com

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Alarm bells as motorists are 'throwing away' money on car finance deals - Irish Independent

Irish Independent

Alarm bells as motorists are 'throwing away' money on car finance deals
Irish Independent
Responding to a query from Independent Motors on the findings of the Volkswagen study, he says: "People are throwing money away on car finance. It's starting to become like in the Celtic Tiger days. They are just not shopping around. They are not ...

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Tim Dowling: our new car is great – apart from its capricious alarm system - The Guardian

The Guardian

Tim Dowling: our new car is great – apart from its capricious alarm system
The Guardian
I go online to investigate, but the car, though new to us, is 13 years old – most web forums devoted to dysfunctional car alarms address modern problems. Discussions about older models are tinged with despair: people post various theories (“Sounds like ...

Car crashes into restaurant, sparking three-alarm fire - New York Post

New York Post

Car crashes into restaurant, sparking three-alarm fire
New York Post
A car smashed into a Chinese take-out joint in Brooklyn, sparking a three-alarm fire that ripped through the entire building early Saturday. The motorist lost control of the vehicle and slammed through the front gate of the New Hardee Chinese ...
Out-of-control car slams into Brooklyn Chinese restaurant, sparks building fireNew York Daily News

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New Bedford woman develops car seat that would sound alarm if child left in ... - SouthCoastToday.com

SouthCoastToday.com

New Bedford woman develops car seat that would sound alarm if child left in ...
SouthCoastToday.com
The New Bedford resident invented the car seat Forget Me Not and has received a patent for it at a cost of $16,000. The weight of the child triggers an alarm that would sound if a driver exits the vehicle. That alarm could also be connected to a key ...

Jerry Seinfeld, Online Force - New York Times

New York Times

Jerry Seinfeld, Online Force
New York Times
Though these words were coming from an unlikely source, they were unmistakably uttered by Jerry Seinfeld, his excitable voice rising and falling like a car alarm. Working in an editing suite at the Brill Building earlier this month, Mr. Seinfeld was ...

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Blundering thieves using sophisticated jam-scam device manage to SET OFF ... - Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Blundering thieves using sophisticated jam-scam device manage to SET OFF ...
Manchester Evening News
Blundering thieves' sophisticated plans to steal from scores of cars went horribly wrong - when they SET OFF all the alarms in the process. It is understood robbers had tried to disarm the locking devices of scores of cars in Manchester Fort Shopping ...

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Chevrolet Bringing CarPlay and Android Auto to 14 New 2016 Models Later This ... - Mac Rumors

Mac Rumors

Chevrolet Bringing CarPlay and Android Auto to 14 New 2016 Models Later This ...
Mac Rumors
General Motors and its Chevrolet brand are announcing today expansive plans to bring support for both CarPlay and Android Auto to fourteen vehicle models for the 2016 model year, a move that will mark a significant step forward for the availability of ...
Google I/O 2015: What We're Most Excited To SeeReadWrite
Android Auto Hits The Road In Hyundai's New SonataBuzzFeed News

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