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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 ...
8-Alarm East Boston Fire Caused by Fire in Car Engineabc40
Car Blocks Fire Hydrant During Eight Alarm Fire in BostonFireEngineering.com
Firefighters battle 8-alarm blaze in East BostonBoston.com
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You'll Never Leave A Charging Cable With A Built-In Alarm Behind - Gizmodo Australia

You'll Never Leave A Charging Cable With A Built-In Alarm Behind
Gizmodo Australia
What sets it apart from the one included with your device is a small box halfway down the cable that basically functions like a very tiny car alarm. When you unplug the cable after charging a device, after five seconds it automatically sounds an ...

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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
The Good The Viper SmartStart and SmartKey system adds hands-free unlocking to cars along with the ability to remotely lock or unlock the doors from anywhere in the world. GPS features show where you parked and let you share your car's location with ...

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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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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Burglaries reported in Woods of Westlake - Austin American-Statesman

Burglaries reported in Woods of Westlake
Austin American-Statesman
There are several ways to lower your chances of falling victim to one of these crimes: Lock your car, take items with you or hide them when you leave the car, purchase a car alarm and park in a well-lit area. If these crimes take place in front of a ...

Two injured in two-alarm fire - Suffolk News-Herald

Two injured in two-alarm fire
Suffolk News-Herald
Six residents at a house next door, where the side of the house and a car were damaged from the heat of the flames, will be staying with relatives. A four-unit apartment building next door was also evacuated, but the eight residents were eventually ...
Two hospitalized after two-alarm fire in Suffolkwtkr.com
House fire sends 2 to hospital in SuffolkThe Virginian-Pilot

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Police officer involved in car accident while responding to burglar alarm call - eParisExtra.com

eParisExtra.com

Police officer involved in car accident while responding to burglar alarm call
eParisExtra.com
Police officer involved in car accident while responding to burglar alarm call. Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in 9-1-1 by Josh Allen. (Photo from Facebook). While responding to a burglar alarm call, a Paris police officer was struck by a vehicle while ...

GM records show co-workers stymied in-house safety investigator - Chicago Tribune

GM records show co-workers stymied in-house safety investigator
Chicago Tribune
He didn't realize at the time that GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio, whose team designed the switch, had already quietly greenlighted a fix through supplier Delphi Automotive Plc that began showing up in some 2007-model Cobalts and other small cars ...

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Police blotter, 4/15: Three injured, one critically, in two-vehicle crash in ... - Lebanon Daily News

Police blotter, 4/15: Three injured, one critically, in two-vehicle crash in ...
Lebanon Daily News
A car driven by Amos Mowery, 27, Minersville, was traveling north on Cressona Road in North Manheim Township when it entered the southbound lane and collided with an SUV driven by Charles Karasoulis, 85, Myerstown, at Glenworth Road at 10 a.m. Tuesday ...

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