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Cars come at an expense. Apart from a house, there are not many purchases that can be compared to a car. Just like other expensive assets, cars come with a risk: the risk of theft. Locking the doors is not enough to ward off such a threat. You need to arm yourself as well as your car. A proper security system makes cars tougher to steal. The remote control that you are carrying with your keys allows you to arm as well as disarm the alarm, lock or unlock the doors and even open the trunk. Nowadays, to bring down the instances of crime and keep our vehicles well protected, all the cars are equipped with great security systems. The alarm system for cars is loaded with sirens, signals, generating a warning sign in cases of theft. The basic version of the alarm includes a switch on the driver’s door wired to a siren. This siren goes off as soon as someone tries to open the door.
The modern cars come with alarm systems that are significantly more developed and advanced. They include
The layout of sensors including pressure sensors, switches and motion detectors. The sensors are chiefly devices that receive as well as respond to stimulus.
A siren that generates different types of sound, allowing you to choose a distinct sound.
The auxiliary battery that may be used as a replacement in case the original battery is not working or is not charged properly.
Computer controlled systems that monitor and control all the operations in the system.
Car Alarm Types
There are several ways to differentiate between the car alarms. Most of these alarms fit into a few categories; it is easier for the buyers to see the features in isolation; this will help to broaden the understanding, helping to make better as well as more informed decisions.
Passive Car Alarm
The passive car alarms are alarms that need not be armed manually while you leave the vehicle. The alarm gets activated when the vehicle is turned off and locked.
Some of these systems come with a special key that is equipped with a microchip. This is usually found in the newer vehicles. At times, the passive car alarm systems include other security features as well like locking the wheels or disabling ignition.
Active Car Alarm
As implied by the name, the active car alarms depend upon user intervention. Locking the doors and walking away will never engage the active car alarms. This may not prove useful for the forgetful drivers but it offers greater control as well as access to functions that are not found on the passive alarms. The high end aftermarket alarms are usually active alarms.
When someone refers to a given car alarm as a factory alarm, it means that the alarm system was installed when the car was made.
We cannot say that all the factory alarms are inferior owing to the advancements made in car security. However, there are many people who prefer uninstalling the factory car alarm and opt for the customised security systems. In most cases, it is possible to switch security systems installed in the car directly through car dealership before receiving the vehicle.
Remote Start Car Alarms
The ability to start cars from a distance is one of the functions that have been added to car alarms. This makes sense as the car alarms have remained connected to the car ignition system from the time they were first invented in. Most of these alarms are of the active variant though they are also found on the passive alarms.
It must be able to operate the locks independently and ensure that the car remains locked securely till the owner reaches it.
Two Way Paging Car Alarm
These alarms provide for two-way communication. Unlike the basic alarms where the vehicle’s lights are simply flashed indicating that the alarm has been activated, these alarms can communicate the status to the owner even if he is a mile away.
The communication here is not limited to simply informing that the alarm has been activated; this may include notifying the owner in case someone breaks into the car or the alarm has gone off for some other cause.
GPS Car Alarm
Some alarms include a built-in GPS functionality. This helps the owner to locate the vehicle in case it is stolen. Though this functionality is not very common, it adds a layer of protection for the owners who are really concerned about their vehicle. This functionality aids the Police to recover the stolen vehicles as well.
Thieves today are smart. Even if these alarms don’t stop them, it would alert people as well as make it easier to locate them. Thus, installing the car alarms ensures a higher chance of recovery. Choose from the available alarm types and install the one that is most suitable for you.
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