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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:

K-9 car alarm prevents Kia from registering KIA K9 - Lexology (registration)

K-9 car alarm prevents Kia from registering KIA K9
Lexology (registration)
The Board ruled that the marks are highly similar and the goods are complementary in that car alarm systems are used as part of automobiles. The Board acknowledged that manufacturers and sellers of car alarms may not necessarily make and/or sell ...

Car alarm scares off wanted man in robbery attempt - KGBT-TV

KGBT-TV

Car alarm scares off wanted man in robbery attempt
KGBT-TV
McAllen police are looking for a man after he allegedly tried to rob someone, but fled the scene after the car alarm scared him. The attempted robbery happened around 7:30 a.m. Friday on the 700 block of East Jackson Avenue in McAllen. According to ...
Man wanted in attempted robbery outside McAllen bankMonitor

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Crews Battle Three-Alarm Fire Burning at San Gabriel Auto Repair Shop - KTLA

Crews Battle Three-Alarm Fire Burning at San Gabriel Auto Repair Shop
KTLA
Firefighters were able to gain the upper hand on an out-of-control three-alarm blaze that was burning at an auto repair shop in San Gabriel Wednesday morning. (Credit: KTLA). The fire broke out shortly after 6 a.m. in the 500 block of West Ralph Street ...

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Local woman invents patented alarm system to prevent hot car deaths - WCYB

Local woman invents patented alarm system to prevent hot car deaths
WCYB
Susan Quave, a teacher at Johnson County Middle School, created a car alarm system that fights the problem of hot car deaths across the United States. Every day, she greets her students before science class. The new lesson for the week is engineering.

Man who ignored alarm, awakens to learn car stolen - ThisWeekNews

Man who ignored alarm, awakens to learn car stolen
ThisWeekNews
A motor vehicle was reported stolen between 10:30 p.m. Aug. 29 and 8:20 a.m. Aug. 30 from the driveway of a residence in the 300 block of Longbranch Drive in Dublin. According to police reports, the resident said he heard a car alarm go off three times ...

Trademark Review - La Quinta Hotels, Kia, and Fab Again (September 2014) - JD Supra (press release)

Trademark Review - La Quinta Hotels, Kia, and Fab Again (September 2014)
JD Supra (press release)
The Board ruled that the marks are highly similar and the goods are complementary in that car alarm systems are used as part of automobiles. The Board acknowledged that manufacturers and sellers of car alarms may not necessarily make and/or sell ...

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NBC expert on home defense: car alarm, illegal hornet spray and treat intruder ... - The Global Dispatch

Washington Times

NBC expert on home defense: car alarm, illegal hornet spray and treat intruder ...
The Global Dispatch
The law enforcement veteran shared his tips for thwarting home invasions, noticably without the use of firearm. “Most people don't realize this, but they leave their car keys downstairs,” Zeins said. “Bring your car keys up. Alarm systems are very ...
Bug spray for a home invader? How about a Winchester Widowmaker insteadBizPac Review
NBC: Survive Home Invasion By Cooperating With Invaders, 'Treat Them Like ...Breitbart News

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Fairfield Police Blotter - Minuteman News Center

Fairfield Police Blotter
Minuteman News Center
A homeowner on Edgewood Road called police when his car alarm went off and he discovered the three cars in his driveway had been entered. He saw two men wearing dark pants and a blue hoodie running north on Edgewood Road and jumped into his ...

Heat sensors installed to protect K9 officers in MHC police cars - WCTI12.com

WCTI12.com

Heat sensors installed to protect K9 officers in MHC police cars
WCTI12.com
Morehead City Police received a donation of two car K9 safety systems that will protect their police dogs from dying inside hot cars. The Ace K9 Pro Alarm System is a sensor that tracks the inside temperature of a police car. If it gets too hot, the ...
Special cages to keep Morehead City K-9'S safe in police cruisersWITN

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Men chased, charged with car break-ins in Stratfield area - Fairfield Citizen

Fairfield Citizen

Men chased, charged with car break-ins in Stratfield area
Fairfield Citizen
The incident began when an Edgewood Place resident heard his car alarm begin sounding around 11:30 p.m. Friday. He went outside and discovered his two cars had been entered. He saw someone running through his backyard, and a police detective later ...

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