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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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A dethroned car alarm king must help a city in need - San Francisco ... - San Francisco Chronicle

A dethroned car alarm king must help a city in need - San Francisco ...
San Francisco Chronicle
“Please step away from the car.” You'll hear that command if you touch a car equipped with a Viper alarm system. The voice turns out to be Mr. Viper himself, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), who founded the company that made him a fortune ...

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Car thefts on the rise in Fairbanks; Troopers offer tips - webcenter11

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Car thefts on the rise in Fairbanks; Troopers offer tips
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Rhiannon Walker; Reporting>>: As far as preventing theft, if you plan on leaving your car somewhere for a significant length of time, have someone you trust check on it frequently. Make sure it is secured and do not leave important things in it ...

St. Paul Park police reports: Car fire, CO alarm - South Washington County Bulletin

South Washington County Bulletin

St. Paul Park police reports: Car fire, CO alarm
South Washington County Bulletin
A 41-year-old Hastings man was cited for theft of fuel, driving after revocation and no proof of insurance when police stopped him near Highway 61 and Summit Avenue Jan. 8 after he drove off without paying for $25 of gas from SuperAmerica, 545 Summit ...

Photos released of Mt. Rose Highway vehicle burglar - Kolo - KOLO

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Photos released of Mt. Rose Highway vehicle burglar - Kolo
KOLO
The man stole credit cards that were used in Nevada and California.

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The Lighter Side: That's no car alarm, that's my life! - The Island Now (blog)

The Island Now (blog)

The Lighter Side: That's no car alarm, that's my life!
The Island Now (blog)
This week's story was told to me by my friend Wanda, over drinks at the Futuro Club. It's a place for people who love technology, or who at any rate are willing to put up with it. Wanda and her husband Tim recently bought a new “keyless” car, which ...

Concord police log, Jan. 1-13 - The Concord Journal - Wicked Local - Wicked Local Concord

Concord police log, Jan. 1-13 - The Concord Journal - Wicked Local
Wicked Local Concord
The following are excerpts from the Concord police log for Monday, Jan. 1, through Saturday, Jan. 13. The log is public record and available for review. All persons are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.Monday, Jan. 112:10 a.m.: A ...

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So Apparently People Really Like To Steal Third Row Seats? - Jalopnik

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So Apparently People Really Like To Steal Third Row Seats?
Jalopnik
The thieves have figured out that if you pop the rear window hatch of these SUVs, you don't trigger the car alarm, wrote ParkCitiesPeople. From there, you can simply reach in, unhook the seats and pass them through the open hatch. They seem to target ...

Don't be a victim: A public service announcement for motor vehicle owners - RiverBender.com

RiverBender.com

Don't be a victim: A public service announcement for motor vehicle owners
RiverBender.com
MADISON COUNTY - Motor vehicle thefts increase during the winter months, and coupled with the nationwide opioid epidemic, this fact has become problematic to many residents over the last few months. Many of these issues, including recent vehicle thefts ...

Retiring Rep. Darrell Issa Was Once A Powerful Anti-Obama Voice - NPR

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Retiring Rep. Darrell Issa Was Once A Powerful Anti-Obama Voice
NPR
In the 1970s, he had a couple of run-ins with the law, including an incident where he and his brother were arrested on suspicion of stealing a red Maserati sports car from a Cleveland showroom. According to an NPR report from 2012, Issa said police ...
Darrell Issa, a California Republican, Will Not Seek Re-election to HouseNew York Times
Darrell Issa Is Retiring, Just Like Everyone ElseMother Jones
California Republican Darrell Issa to retirePolitico
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