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Car Alarms: What Type of Car Alarm System Do You Need

Updated on August 30, 2012

Types of Car Alarms

There are several types of car alarm systems available on the market these days but which car alarm is the best? That's a tough question to answer and really depends on what you are looking for and how advanced of a car alarm you want to get. There are several different options to consider when looking at car alarms and what may work for one owner may not be a necessity for you.

Audible Car Alarms -

The simplest car alarms basically work by using sensors placed in different points of your vehicle. When the sensors are disturbed they activate a loud horn hidden on the car. The sensitivity levels of the sensors can be increased to detect the slightest movement or increased to a level significant movement must be felt before sounding an alert. Being able to adjust the levels of sensitivity are helpful when certain environments may or may not set off the alert when needed. You wouldn't want the alarm to go off for every little vibration such as someone shutting their car down beside you at the grocery store. However you may want it increased to a level that even if the neighbor’s cat attempts to take a snooze on the hood of your precious antique, it is set off. Warning you of danger as well alerting the neighbor their cat is now missing?

GPS Car Alarms -

Advanced car alarms use GPS tracking systems to alert owners, monitoring services or the police the location of a stolen vehicle. GPS tracking helps with a speedy recovery of stolen vehicles. Car thieves often steal vehicles to strip for parts and hard to find accessories. The audible alarm may alert that a vehicle is being tampered with and with the addition of a GPS car alarm system the authorities are able to track and recover your vehicle often before there is time to strip parts or hide the vehicle.

GPS monitoring can be tracked via a computer and can alert vehicle owners via text messages or email. If a vehicle is moved a message can be sent to the owner alerting them of possible car theft. Monitoring services can track the vehicles location by computer and satellite and can assist the police with tracking the vehicle and the car thieves. A professional thief may be able to bypass audible car alarms however GPS tracking can help recover a stolen car whether it was stolen as by an opportunist car thief or a professional.

Immobilizing Car Alarms –

Car alarms can also come with immobilizing options that under certain conditions cut the engine off. By shutting down the full system, removing power or electrical functions or even locking brake mechanisms the thieves are stopped in their tracks because the vehicle becomes immobilized. Advanced immobilizing car alarms can be armed or disarmed with a computer , phone call or text message. Doors can be locked or unlocked, engines shut down and electronic systems rendered useless making it difficult or impossible for auto theft.

Basic Car Alarm Parts
Basic Car Alarm Parts

Which Car Alarm Works Best

These are just a couple of examples of the different features car alarms can provide. It is advised to use a layered approach when considering a car alarm sercurity system and to use an alarm system that is going to provide the protection you need. Not all system features are necessary for everyone and what works for one car owner may not work for all vehicle owners.

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      khayi martin ngi 

      8 years ago

      I need car alarms with a text message alert system that the installation will not be complicated.Thanks while waiting for your reply.

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      khayi martin ngi 

      8 years ago

      i need a car alarm that will alarm just with the touch of the cabin or the external body of the car. thanks while waiting for the reply.

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      8 years ago

      Paragraph titled "GPS Car Alarms"

      3rd sentence mentioned still for steal.

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      8 years ago

      I was stuck on just the audible and gps alarms and thought immobilizing would be limited to police.


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