Car Alarm Systems, Auto Anti-theft Systems, and Alarm System Components
Preventing your car, truck, van, or SUV from being broken into or stolen is far better than repairing the damage afterwards. Even if you do eventually recover the vehicle.
Peace of mind is priceless, and that's something automobile alarm systems can give you. Auto theft is an increasing problem. Car security systems can prevent outright theft. Automobile alarms that sense motion, glass-breaking, etc. can also deter and drive off a thief, minimizing the damage caused by a successful break-in just for a radio or for a package visible in the interior.
We all know it's wise to avoid leaving tempting packages or gadgets visible in your car when you must park it in an unattended spot. But just having a nice car means there's plenty of temptation to auto thieves. I don't have to tell you the value of a set of attractive wheels, or even something as mundane as the airbag in the center of your steering wheel.
There's a huge variety of alarm systems available. From the basic, install-it-yourself or "DIY" security and alarm systems that can be installed in a few minutes, up to as elaborate as you want to go.
The phrase "alarm system" or "security system" covers many possibilies. Sometimes you don't want generalities, but specifics. So here are a number of specific alarm and anti-hijack systems you can look at:
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The Basic First Defense (R) Do-It-Yourself Alarm System Kit
With a panic alarm to let you call for help in unsafe situations, remote headlight control to light up your car as you approach it at night, a "car finder" feature to help find your car in a crowded parking lot, and anti-carjacking features. Includes wireless remote control.
Protects your car with an 8-stage adjustable-sensitivity shock-sensing alarm. If the car is tapped, the horn will blast for a few seconds, then go quiet. If someone breaks a window or starts the car, the full alarm is triggered.
A More Elaborate First Defense (R) Do-It-Yourself Alarm System Kit
This system has all the features of the above system, and appears to be more expandable. Will flash headlights or remotely open the trunk -- even if you're inside it at the time due to a hijacking or kidnapping. You can add door pin switches, hood and trunk pin switches, radar sensors, tilt sensors (in case someone tries to tow your car). You can also add voltage sensors that will sense when an interior light turns on or a door opens. Keychain remote control unit works from 400 feet away.
Audiovox Rampage Car Alarm
Quick and affordable protection. Installs in only 15 minutes. One-wire alarm system, two-stage adjustable shock sensor with 8 levels, selectable voltage sensing on/off, selectable voltage sensing arm timer, arm/disarm chirp, tamper chirp, remote panic button, 60 second shut down timer, and a code learning 2-button RF transmitter keychain.
Audiovox Rampage TALKING Car Alarm
Top-of-the-line talking car alarm with 5 voice responses. Over 20 features including: passive or active arming, starter disable, parking light flasher, glass break detector, two-stage shock sensor, 6-tone siren, remote panic, valet override, and more. Includes (2) two-button remote transmitters.
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Whew! That's a quick survey of what's available. I hope one of the above products is the right alarm system for your needs.
Bulldog (R) Security Economy Mini 1101 Alarm
Passive arming, arms automatically when ignition turns on. Easy one-wire hookup. 4-button transmitter with separate buttons for each specific feature for simple operation. Dual-stage shock sensor delivers warning sound for small disturbances to vehicle, full alarm if warning unheeded. Remote car finder. Sensors detect when interior vehicle lights come on when door or other opening is opened. Panic protection on remote unit. Visible LED shows your vehicle is protected.
Bulldog (R) Security Deluxe Remote Alarm System with Anti-Carjacking
Has a dual-stage perimeter radar sensor, great for vehicles with sunroofs and soft tops. Plug-in anti-carjacking system. Remote keyless entry works up to 800 feet away. 4-button extended range compact remote transmitters. Parking light confirmation. Instant door trigger protection. Passive arming—arms itself if you forget (may qualify for insurance discount, card included in kit). Plug-in LED for visual deterrent. Plug-in override switch. Onboard dual stage shock sensor. Starter immobilizer with relay included—prevents unauthorized use of vehicle. 9-volt battery backup. Available additional features of remote keyless entry, remote trunk release (for kidnap situations) and outputs for adding sensors for vehicle protection when used with accessories (sold separately).
Valiant (TM) Do-It-Yourself Remote Alarm
A basic system that you can expand as desired. Easy 3 wire hook up. The electronics components are built into the back of the multi-tone siren module for quick installation. Includes optional features and outputs to upgrade protection. Arms and disarms with 2-button remote transmitter. Programmable current sensing. Built-in adjustable shock sensor. Built-in anti-carjacking. Remote panic/car finder. Chirp Mute.
Includes optional dash-mount status LED and parking light flasher wire. Includes output for Optional Starter Kill function. Includes output for Optional Keyless Entry Module (sold separately). Requires one 30-amp relay for starter kill.
Valiant (TM) Remote Alarm System
Wow! This is certainly a higher-end unit: A radar sensor detects body movement inside your vehicle! The switch-sensing system detects unauthorized attempts to open doors, etc. Dual-stage adjustable shock sensor with built-in warn-away function "listens" for impacts to car body. Radar sensor detects any object with mass (arm, hand, etc.) reaching into the protected area of your vehicle! Programmable anti-carjacking feature helps prevent theft. Completely expandable with outputs for keyless entry, power trunk release, starter kit, dome light activation, and horn honk (require relay sold separately).
This alarm is designed to protect your vehicle's outside as well as its vulnerable interior! It's the best choice for convertible and Jeep® owners. You can arm/disarm system with the remote transmitter (two 4-button transmitters with OE-look icons included). Or you can wire system to arm/disarm automatically with the ignition. System features code-learning microprocessor receiver and security digital coding. When triggered, 125dB siren blasts and parking lights flash for one minute, then the system automatically rearms. The multifunction LED, siren chirp and parking lights flash to confirm various alarm functions. Chirp may be muted or deleted. RF safety lockout. A violated/malfunctioning sensor will be bypassed while the functioning sensors continue to protect your vehicle. All-sensor bypass and shock-sensor-only bypass can be turned on or off using the transmitter. The transmitter can be used to trigger the siren instantly (panic feature). Valet control switch. Negative trigger output allows easy addition of an optional sensor.
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