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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:

Car Seat Alarm Could Save Lives - CBS Local

Car Seat Alarm Could Save Lives
CBS Local
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It's a headline that strikes fear in the heart of any parent. A child left in a hot car can be dangerous, even deadly. The inside of a car can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. CBS4 Morning Anchor, Rhiannon Ally spoke ...

Car alarm scares prowler, neighbor stops him - KOIN.com

Car alarm scares prowler, neighbor stops him
KOIN.com
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Mandie Duell was inside her house but saw her car's dome light come on. She grabbed her car alarm and set it off. The alarm scared a car prowler and alerted her neighbor in the 700 block of SE 153rd to the situation.

Mom invents alarm for kids in hot cars - News10.net

Mom invents alarm for kids in hot cars
News10.net
"It was birth out of my own personal experience of leaving a child in the car," she said. The safety alarm is designed to fit any model vehicle and two piece system would sound the car alarm if the engine is off, the doors are locked and a child is ...

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Princeton police charge man with false public alarm after he crashed car ... - The Times, Trenton - NJ.com

Princeton police charge man with false public alarm after he crashed car ...
The Times, Trenton - NJ.com
PRINCETON -- A Connecticut man who reported his car stolen in Princeton after crashing it into a utility pole has been charged with creating a false public alarm, police said today. Paul Santos, 41, was arrested Sunday after police found his 2001 ...

False Alarm: Thunder Bay Police No Longer Searching For Hoffman - CBS Local

CBS Local

False Alarm: Thunder Bay Police No Longer Searching For Hoffman
CBS Local
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Canadian police say a false alarm went out Thursday night after officers thought they saw murder suspect Ty Hoffman in Thunder Bay. Police thought they spotted the fugitive at around 6 p.m. They also found a car with Minnesota ...
False alarmTbNewsWatch.com

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Alissa Chavez's Hot Seat alarm aims to prevent child hot car deaths - CBC.ca

CBC.ca

Alissa Chavez's Hot Seat alarm aims to prevent child hot car deaths
CBC.ca
A 17-year-old girl from New Mexico has invented a device that alerts parents —and passersby — if a child is left in their car. The invention by Alissa Chavez of Albuquerque aims to reduce the chance that a child will die in an overheated car. The ...
Teen Invents Way to Prevent Hot Car DeathsNewser

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In-car alerts setting me off - The Detroit News

In-car alerts setting me off
The Detroit News
I think automatic feature mania began in the 1980s with car alarms. In dense cities such as New York, alarms quickly became no more than noise pollution, and eventually studies began to show very little evidence of alarms preventing car thefts. Yet ...

Booming bass vs. Queens quiet - New York Daily News

New York Daily News

Booming bass vs. Queens quiet
New York Daily News
Except for the occasional car alarm, it has always been an incredibly quiet, peaceful place. Until now. Last Tuesday, a powerful sound system lambasted our neighborhood with four-letter words and double-barreled epithets (“motherf-----,” if you must know).

Cat causes false alarm at country club: Westlake police blotter - Sun News - cleveland.com

Cat causes false alarm at country club: Westlake police blotter
Sun News - cleveland.com
False alarm, Bradley Road: At 6:32 p.m. Aug. 20, a cat wandered through an outbuilding in the Lakewood Country Club and set off a burglar alarm. Cat trouble, Detroit Road: At 4:58 p.m. Aug. 20, a man's cat crawled into the dashboard of his car and ...

Black Hat 2014: Security experts hack home alarms, smart cars and more - CBS News

Black Hat 2014: Security experts hack home alarms, smart cars and more
CBS News
As hackers gather in Las Vegas for the Black Hat cybersecurity conference, challenging the security of the Internet of Things seems to be this year's hottest topic. And no wonder. According to a study HP released last week, a review of ten of popular ...

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