Cars come at an expense. Apart from a house, there are not many purchases that can be compared to a car as a financial commitment. Just like other expensive assets, cars come with a risk: the risk of theft. Locking the doors is not enough to ward off potential theft of your car.

You need to equip yourself as well as your car. A high integrity security system makes a car tougher to steal. The remote control that you are carrying as part of your keyset will allow you to arm as well as disarm the alarm, lock and unlock the doors and even open the trunk. Nowadays, to bring down car crime and keep vehicles adequately protected, the majority of cars are equipped with high integrity security systems. The alarm system for a car is loaded with sirens, and with visual displays generating warning signs as mitigation to theft.

Modern cars come with alarm systems that are significantly more developed and advanced than the simple systems first introduced for vehicles. They include

· The layout of sensors including pressure sensors, switches, and motion detectors. The sensors are devices that receive and respond to stimuli.

· A siren that generates a sound of your choice.

· An auxiliary battery that is used as a replacement in the event that the original battery is not working or is not fully charged.

· Computer controlled monitoring systems that monitor and control healthy and unhealthy components within the system.

Car Alarm Types

There are several ways to differentiate between the types of car alarms. Most alarms fit into a small number of categories where it is easier for the buyers to see the features in isolation. The alarm categories help to deepen the consumer’s understanding of the anti-theft systems, so allowing more informed decisions to be made with regard to the type of alarm most suitable for their vehicle.

1. Passive Car Alarm

The passive car alarms are alarm types that need not be armed manually when you leave the vehicle. The alarm gets activated when the vehicle is turned off and manually locked.

Most of these alarm types have a special key that has a microchip installed. These ‘intelligent’ keys are usually found in newer vehicles. Passive car alarm systems include many security features that will lock the wheels or disable the ignition.

2. Active Car Alarm

As implied by the name, active car alarms rely upon user intervention. Locking the doors and walking away will never activate an active car alarm. This may not prove useful for drivers that are absent minded. They do however offer greater control as well as access to many functions that are not found on passive alarms. The high end aftermarket alarms tend to be active alarm types.

3. Factory Alarms

When referring to a car alarm as a factory fitted alarm, it means an alarm system that was installed by the manufacturer of the car when it was made.

We can’t say that all factory alarms are inferior to after-market alarms and many OEM installed car alarms are a match to many of the after-market products. However, there are many people who prefer to remove the factory car alarm and opt for a high end customised security system. In most cases, it is possible to change the factory installed security system directly through the car dealership before receiving the vehicle.

4. Remote Start Car Alarms

The ability to start a car from distance is one of the useful functions recently added to car alarms. Most of these alarms are of the active variant though they are also found on some of the passive alarms.

The system must be able to operate the locks independently and ensure that the car remains locked securely till the owner reaches it.

5. Two Way Paging Car Alarm

These alarms provide for two-way communication. Unlike the basic alarms where the vehicle’s lights are flashed indicating that the alarm has been activated, these alarms can communicate the status of the vehicle to the owner even if he is a mile away.

The communication here is not limited to simply informing the owner that the alarm has been activated. The system will give a cause for the alarm being activated and cameras within the car will allow visual checks to be made inside the cabin of the car.

6. GPS Car Alarm

Some alarms include a built-in GPS function. This helps the owner to locate the vehicle in the event that 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 being exported after being stolen. The GPS functionality can be used by the Police to recover the stolen vehicle from any location in the world.

Thieves today are smart but these alarms will help to stop them from stealing your car whilst also assisting you in the recovery of your vehicle should it be stolen. Installing a car alarm ensures a higher chance of recovery. Choose wisely from the vast range of alarm types available and always have your alarm installed by a professional.

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