One thing about car alarms is certain – there are many, many options and models to choose from. All of them share one common purpose, which is to deter or prevent your vehicle from being stolen or broken into. But with as many features as exist in today’s automotive security market, which is right for you?

 

The Basics

An active alarm is among the most common, usually offered as a standard feature on new vehicles or added as an aftermarket installation on vehicles that do not have one. The premise is simple – the operator ‘arms’ the system upon leaving the vehicle, and if it is tampered with in any way, an audible siren is triggered alerting others to the activity and hopefully thwarting the ill-intent in progress.

 

From this point, additional features may be useful to the alarm owner depending on their specific requirements. These may include:

 

LED Indicators

A blinking LED on the dash or another visible area warns potential criminals that a security system is active, often causing them to move along. Deterrent is often half the battle – if someone knows they will set off a 120 decibel siren if they touch your car, they are likely to abandon the endeavor.

 

Sensor Arrays

Other than having a door open, various triggers can be installed to provide a greater level of protection from intrusion. These could include glass-break sensors, proximity sensors (a radar field triggers a warning honk or chirp as someone gets close), or impact sensors. Many of these sensors have adjustable sensitivities that allow the user to tailor the solution to their specific needs, and many of these sensors can be used in combination with each other.

 

Alerts

Coupled with cellular technologies, your alarm system can also notify you of an event remotely. After all, if you’re on the third floor of an office building whose parking lot is a thousand feet away to begin with, chances are you will not hear your alarm.

 

Selecting the proper set of features in your alarm system requires defining how it will be used, the environment in which it will operate and your own preferences. Our experts at Communications Center can guide you in choosing the best solution for your needs. With professional installation, you will have the added comfort of knowing your investment is protected by a car alarm that is reliable and fully functional when it’s needed most.

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