Thousands of cars are stolen every year; the number of these incidents can be reduced by using secure locking systems. Protecting your car from theft or burglary is your own responsibility. Many anti-theft equipment, security devices, etc., designed as per the latest technology, are available at affordable prices. Let’s discuss about different types of car alarms that can enhance the car’s safety and security.
Types of car alarms
Factory alarms: These are offered by the original equipment manufacturers (OEM). These are built in the car at the time of manufacturing the car. They can be of two types: active or passive.
Active alarm: Active alarms require the owner/user of the car to switch them on before leaving and locking the car. A car alarm can be activated using a transmitter button and the choice of switching on the alarm rests in the interest of the car owner/user. One disadvantage is that the driver needs to remember to switch on/activate the alarm.
Passive alarm: Unlike active alarms, passive alarms are much smarter. The moment the ignition is turned off and the doors are closed, they get switched on automatically. Hence, there is no need for the user to remember to arm the alarm after exiting the vehicle. Another interesting fact about these alarms is that many insurance companies offer special discounts for cars equipped with passive arming alarms.
Factory alarms are available in most cars. However, the greatest disadvantage with such alarms is that an experienced thief knows exactly how to disable the alarm without breaking the car open and these alarms cannot be upgraded. However, some after-market alarms are capable of being added to the factory alarm for added convenience and security.
After-market alarms: Unlike factory alarms, after-market alarms can be installed after purchasing the car. After-market alarms generally have all the features found in factory alarms and more. Many reputed manufacturers offer high-end car alarms that make the car more secure. Depending on the level of security, the price of these units varies accordingly. Moreover, empowering car with a better technology after-market alarms makes it more difficult and time consuming for the thieves to deactivate the alarm. Some of the newer, state-of-the-art alarm systems have features such as starter kill, telematics control, GPS tracking, remote start functions and more.
Types of alarms based on the technology used
Technology plays vital role in combating theft of cars these days. Latest technology car security devices not only alert the owner in case of theft, but can also track the vehicle in the event the vehicle is stolen. Let us see different types of technologies in car alarm systems.
• Audible car alarms: In this type of security alarms, movement sensors are placed at different points of the vehicle. Whenever the sensors are disturbed, the alarm gets activated and sounds a loud siren which is hidden somewhere in the car. The sensors can be adjusted for proper sensitivity to prevent false alarms.
• GPS car alarms: In case the car owner is not near the car, the audible sirens or noise made by the car alarms may not be heard. In such cases, if the car is stolen, advanced car alarms equipped with GPS tracking system not only inform the owner about the theft but also helps him and / or local law enforcement locate the stolen vehicle.
In case the thieves break the doors and steal the car, the GPS alarm system in the car sends an alert to the owner through a text message or email. The location of the vehicle can be tracked using a computer and satellite and hence assists the police with tracking the thieves.
These alarms can be activated or deactivated using a computer, phone call or text depending on the setting of the device.
While choosing these security systems, look for a reliable product offered by a reputed dealer that would make a difference. For best results, choose a high quality product from a reputable merchant and have the installation performed by expert technicians.