p style=”text-align: justify;”>Perhaps, what come across your mind when hearing the words “security system” is those annoying honks, sirens, and flashing lights that always seem to go off in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. The sad truth is that many people do not feel the need to purchase an alarm until their car actually is stolen and end up in chop shops. Even among folks who are aware of the importance of security, many of them put off buying an alarm.
Protecting our loved ones and our vehicles should be a top priority for us all. Crime prevention and security experts estimate that a vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States. According to The National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than 1.3 million cars, motorcycles, and trucks are stolen every year. Car thieves do not take a vacation during the summer and take weekends off. Those are the fact. Knowing the tips and using common sense measure indeed helps a lot. However, common sense may ward off only amateur thieves, but it will not stop the professionals.
There are many theft prevention products on the market. The first kinds are audible & visible warning devices. These devices, which alert thieves that your vehicle is protected, include:
– Theft deterrent recalls
– Steering wheel locks, brake locks or wheel locks
– Window etching
You can use mechanical device attached to the steering wheel, steering column, gearshift, or a wheel of the vehicle. They provide a basic level of protection from the amateur thief, but present little challenge to a professional, and may actually increase the level of tension and danger during a carjacking.
There are also immobilizing devices to prevent thieves from bypassing your vehicle’s ignition by hotwiring. These products are such as:
– Fuel cut-off devices
– Smart keys
– Kill switches
– Starter, ignition, and fuel disablers
OK, so you want to buy one. So what to look for minimum requirements? Well, first, you would need random transmitter code generation to protect against someone copying your remote code. Shock sensor to detect impact to the car is also a common feature. Parking Light Flash is useful to give you a visible indication that it is your alarm that has been triggered. In order to detect changes in electrical current, you would need Current Sensing Circuit. For you to use valet parking, you can bypass the alarm with Valet Mode feature. This would also works for your mechanic. Panic Button feature is also useful to force the alarm to sound at the press of a button.
A 125+ dB sound when someone opens a door is indeed useful. However, you need protection from thieves who just break your window and crawls through it. Therefore, you need either glass breakage sensor and/or a shock sensor. It detects the frequency at which glass breaks. Then some thieves are smart enough that they ground out your parking lights. The can do this by blowing the fuses and frying your alarm brain. To keep this from happening, you need to inform the salesperson to fuse your parking lights.
Most of car security systems are quite expensive. Moreover, they are just like any other product, there are good ones, and there are lemons. You can go to the manufacturer’s website to find what models are available and what features they include. However, some review from the consumers so that you can see how “normal” people feel about the systems.