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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:

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News of Record - Feb. 22, 2017 - The Preston Citizen

News of Record - Feb. 22, 2017
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Investigated a complaint of a noisy car alarm. Feb. 12: Investigated a complaint of a vehicle parked on a sidewalk. Determined that an alarm at a business was false. Took report of the smell of diesel fumes inside a home. Cited an adult female for ...

Alarm in Chicago over bugs on the subway - WDEF News 12

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Alarm in Chicago over bugs on the subway
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Michael Moore, who posted the video online, told the conductor, who then had a cleaning crew disinfect the car after it was evacuated. But what concerned Moore was the woman carrying the bag containing the bugs, waited with everyone else and reentered ...
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Metro Audio Dynamics - Omaha World-Herald

Omaha World-Herald

Metro Audio Dynamics
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At Metro Audio Dynamics in Omaha NE, we can make dreams reality and provide you with comfort anywhere you go. If your looking to get your car warm safely with a remote starter, or keep your car safe with a car alarm, we can assist you! We also can help ...

AR-15 stolen from Orlando police officer's unmarked car - WKMG - WKMG Orlando

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AR-15 stolen from Orlando police officer's unmarked car - WKMG
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An unmarked police car was broken into early Tuesday morning and an unknown person was able to get away with an AR-15.
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Equipment aims to keep K-9 officers safe - Greenfield Daily Reporter

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Equipment aims to keep K-9 officers safe
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GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Sheriff's Department is looking to equip patrol cars with special alarms aimed at keeping four-legged officers safe, and a gift from a state kennel club has kick-started the effort. The Hoosier Kennel Club recently ...

Man baffled after car stolen from front of home - KPRC Houston

KPRC Houston

Man baffled after car stolen from front of home
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Ten minutes later, his lights flash after the car alarm is triggered and the white SUV returns. "Somebody set off my alarm and opened my door," says Moritz. "Then the car came from Dell Street and ran across the corner here, picked up the guys that ...

Ratings drops for NFL, NASCAR might not be cause for alarm ... yet ... - GoErie.com

Ratings drops for NFL, NASCAR might not be cause for alarm ... yet ...
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Pro football and stock-car racing, among the most iconic of American sports, both saw viewers stay away from their broadcasts in increasing numbers in 2016.

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