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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:

Neighbor Leaves Hilarious Note on Car After Loud Car Alarm Wakes 'Hood - DNAinfo

DNAinfo

Neighbor Leaves Hilarious Note on Car After Loud Car Alarm Wakes 'Hood
DNAinfo
UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — If you've lived in the city long enough, chances are a loud car alarm has disrupted your sleep at least once or twice. Early Thursday, residents near West Huron Street and Leavitt Street were treated to the not-so-soothing sounds ...

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Man CLEARED of attempted robbery in Md., say police - W*USA 9

W*USA 9

Man CLEARED of attempted robbery in Md., say police
W*USA 9
Frightened, the woman pushed the car panic alarm on her key fob. Police tell us that the man then fled on foot into the woods behind the garage. Police conducted a search in the area and identified 24-year-old Adrian Lionel Dorsey Jr. "through prior ...
Davidsonville Woman Hits Panic Alarm; Robber FleesPatch.com

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Neighbor Dispatches Martian Warrior in Response to Annoying Chicago Car Alarm - Patch.com

Neighbor Dispatches Martian Warrior in Response to Annoying Chicago Car Alarm
Patch.com
To guard against this happening again, someone left a sternly worded note — and a Martian warrior — on the offender's car: “Dear a------ ... Your car alarm went off for 1 1/2 hours last night. You cost the neighborhood REM sleep, growth hormone AND ...

Next-generation malware: Think like the enemy and avoid the car alarm problem - SC Magazine

SC Magazine

Next-generation malware: Think like the enemy and avoid the car alarm problem
SC Magazine
We hear car alarms all the time, so much so that we've learned to ignore them. Network security administrators, and even IT executives, receive so many false positive reports every day that when a real threat is flagged, its urgency is diluted among a ...

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Sounding off on an alarm that won't quit - Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle

Sounding off on an alarm that won't quit
Houston Chronicle
Last week, 2 a.m., a car alarm went off. I went to the window … Oh, no! It's my truck! Truck alarms are louder than air raid sirens. I flew downstairs to grab the keys by the front door. It's pretty incredible how fast you can run when your alarm is ...

2-alarm fire guts Bellevue businesses overnight - KOMO News

KOMO News

2-alarm fire guts Bellevue businesses overnight
KOMO News
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Two Bellevue businesses were severely damaged by fire overnight, and investigators are hoping security cameras may help show how the blaze started. A big unknown is whether is whether the hardware that records the video made it ...

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Three-alarm fire tears through South End apartment building - Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Three-alarm fire tears through South End apartment building
Boston Globe
He said he had not driven the car since Thursday night, after parking it on Rutland Street, just two blocks from his home. Conklin insisted he is not a “negligent person” and believes he must have missed seeing the hydrant when parking in the dark.
Three-Alarm Fire Knocked Down At South End Apartment BuildingCBS Local
Blocking hydrants 'a dangerous game'Boston Herald
2 Firefighters Injured, 8 Residents Displaced From 3-Alarm FireNECN

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I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 Years - STLtoday.com

I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 Years
STLtoday.com
Was there another house somewhere, cars or perhaps another life? On her deathbed, an alarm rose when Betz-Hamilton's father noticed that his wife's wedding ring was missing. “We think she pawned it,” Betz-Hamilton told me. “I have no idea what she was ...

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Sounding the alarm: Fort Worth sirens get a workout - Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News

Sounding the alarm: Fort Worth sirens get a workout
Dallas Morning News
It took the city several months to replace a pole that was knocked in half after a car struck it in last December's ice storm. In September, crews struggled to determine how half a dozen sirens malfunctioned after residents reported they went off ...

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Care for your car, don't leave it running - Beloit Daily News

Care for your car, don't leave it running
Beloit Daily News
Don't leave valuables in the car where they're visible. This will tempt thieves. • Park your car in a garage or area where it'll be safe and protected. • Install an anti-theft device — steering wheel lock, GPS tracking device or alarm. • Don't leave ...



 
 

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