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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

 
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Next-generation malware: Think like the enemy and avoid the car alarm problem
SC Magazine
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Car alarm alerts owner to trouble in Kenilworth - Cranford Chronicle

Car alarm alerts owner to trouble in Kenilworth
Cranford Chronicle
KENILWORTH — A woman called police to report her car, a 2011 Land Rover, had been broken into and officers responded to her home in the 500 block of Quinton Avenue. When officers arrived they learned the woman had heard her car alarm going off at ...

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Police: Reported abduction was false alarm - DesMoinesRegister.com

Police: Reported abduction was false alarm
DesMoinesRegister.com
Several law enforcement agencies spent part of the morning searching for the car and trying to determine whether an abduction had occurred. The Johnston School District determined all their female students were accounted for and sent a notice to parents.

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Alpine Hawk keeps alarm-equipped "eyes" on skis and snowboards - Gizmag

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Alpine Hawk keeps alarm-equipped "eyes" on skis and snowboards
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Nearly everyone has grown so immune to the car alarm that they're more likely to curse the car owner than investigate why the alarm is going off. However, a loud ski alarm is unexpected enough that it should get the attention of every skier and rider ...

Canadians may be 'buying too much car': Moody's sounds alarm on bank auto ... - Financial Post

Financial Post

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Bank auto lending has grown at a compounded annual rate of 20% since 2007, “significantly outpacing” the growth of even red-hot mortgages, credit cards, and lines of credit., according to the ratings agency report released Thursday. In seven years ...

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Chain of car theft continues in Grand Traverse County - UpNorthLive.com

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Chain of car theft continues in Grand Traverse County
UpNorthLive.com
"During the night I had heard a car alarm go off so I didn't think much of it. The next morning my husband got to go to the gym and went out to the driveway and his car was nowhere to be found," said victim of car theft. Both vehicles stolen were found ...

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Crews respond to four-alarm blaze on Howard Street - wivb.com

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Crews respond to four-alarm blaze on Howard Street
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Firefighters were on Howard Street two hours prior to the four-alarm blaze for a car fire. They were called back at 3:30 p.m. and found an industrial building up in flames. “I was picking my daughter up from the bus and there was nothing but smoke ...
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Stanislaus sheriff a car burglary victim - Modesto Bee

Stanislaus sheriff a car burglary victim
Modesto Bee
Christianson said he awoke Thursday morning to find the mess – because a door wasn't opened, the alarm on the car did not sound. “Even the sheriff isn't immune from being a crime victim,” Christianson said. The only thing missing, besides the window ...

Jackson County Sheriff's Office: Deputies respond to I-94 traffic crashes, - The Jackson Citizen Patriot

Jackson County Sheriff's Office: Deputies respond to I-94 traffic crashes,
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At 8:05 a.m. Deputy Deering responded to North Concord Road in Parma Township in reference to an alarm. At 8:34 a.m. Deputy Bryant responded to North Moscow Road in Hanover Township in reference to a Car vs. Deer Crash that occurred in Liberty ...



 
 

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