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Are car alarms worth it?

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I have a system going in my car, but it is molded and secured to the car itself. A friend of mine suggested that a car alarm is vital. However, most car alarms are ignored and there isn't anything extremely easy to get out of my car. So my question is, are alarms worth the price and installation hassles? BTW I was thinking of getting an LCD alarm w/ 2 way paging.
 

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I'm no expert on car alarms, but most of them are useless. The exception is the type that pages you when the alarm goes off, otherwise expect it to be ignored.
 

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If it's some sort of active alarm, then it might be beneficial in preventing actual theft of the vehicle. This could be important when you finish your upgrades - bodykits and systems may attract attention, and turbos are expensive. But if it's just one of those passive alarms that goes "honk honk honk" when you try to unlock the car the wrong way, it's as pointless as a three-foot wing on a FWD Civic. It will only annoy your neighbors and waste your money!
 

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If they were useless, they didn't come factory in cars. I mean, they are not VITAL but could help on keep thieves busy trying to start your car during a minute or so.

Where I live (Venezuela) they aren't a priority because if you have any car (I mean ANY) thieves just kidnap you and then let you abandon somewhere and call you later for a reward. [rofl]

If you do not pay, your car is completely burned an all your stuff too. There is no insurace for addons on the car (or they are too expensive).

A year ago, I installed a 2 Way car alarm with excellent results for:
1. Mother fok**s who hit you car and go away (this happened to me 2 times)
2. Stereos thieves.

Make your selection! Installation is a pain in the ass so if you are not a alarm/electronics specialist, take it to a professional.
 

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the most important part of an alarm is in the install. that being kept in mind, i've got one on my car that I put in (as a professional installer) and i couldn't be happier with it. i've got a two way paging system so I know that if my alarm goes off my remote will beep and i'll go running to the car. also keep in mind what different add-on's you can put on the alarm. I know DEI (makers of Viper, clifford, Python, ect.) make different modules that can sense when a car is being lifted (stealing the wheels), someone reaching in (open windows), shattering glass, and a lot of other very usefull products.
 

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focuson03 said:
the most important part of an alarm is in the install. that being kept in mind, i've got one on my car that I put in (as a professional installer) and i couldn't be happier with it. i've got a two way paging system so I know that if my alarm goes off my remote will beep and i'll go running to the car. also keep in mind what different add-on's you can put on the alarm. I know DEI (makers of Viper, clifford, Python, ect.) make different modules that can sense when a car is being lifted (stealing the wheels), someone reaching in (open windows), shattering glass, and a lot of other very usefull products.
The Most important part is the install yes...
there's an MECP installer on the 'jet... whom installed a 150 db siren inside the dash of the car.

If you are a thief... you Will NOT want to inside the car... a good theft deterrant.
 

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An alarm wont stop the experienced thief who knows what you have in your car, and wants it..

It will stop the opportunistic and strung out tweaker walking past your car in the parking lot..
 

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An alarm wont stop the experienced thief who knows what you have in your car, and wants it..

It will stop the opportunistic and strung out tweaker walking past your car in the parking lot..
True but the experienced thief isn't interested in car audio becuase it's worthless on the street. The experienced thief is looking for seats and airbags etc etc. The problem with the 2-way units is the range depends on where you are, open field thousands of feet, inside concrete and steel building maybe hundreds of feet. I've got a huge stereo in my car but don't have a pager because if I'm too far away to hear the alarm go off they'll be gone by the time I get there anyway. We use the 2-ways for remote starters just to confirm the car is running.
 

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^^^On the remote start topic, just because the remote says it's running doesn't necessarily mean that it is. I have a Python 881XP and, in general, love it. However, when my fuel pump went out last year, the remote said the car was running, when, in reality, it was not (it was just in the 'key on' state). Basically, the car would crank, but not start, and the remote would think the car was running.

As long as you get a quality alarm, I think they are worth it. For example, many alarms are set up so that if the alarm is going off, the starter won't function, so the car can't be driven away. And the other features that have been mentioned (glass breakage sensor, tilt sensor, and even the abiltiy to roll down the windows from the remote) are all very useful.

As far as the range of the two way paging systems go, Installman is 100% correct. Outside, they will work for up to like a quarter mile, but inside the range decreases greatly.
 

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directed and cliffords new responder sst systems work up to a mile, but i am waiting to see how they do indoors. i wouldn't say an alarm is vital, but a good alarm will be worth itself if not more when it does do its job. my friends civic was broken into and thanks to his starter kill and 2-way remote they couldn't steal his car and he was outside chasing them before they could steal his corbeu seats and sparco stearing wheel.

* he also has two sirens, pretty hard to ignore
 

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^^^if your a mile away, they're done well before you can get back to the car to do anything about it! We pulled the Viper piece out of our work van because the range sucked inside buildings and also had the "false" running issue as well. We replaced it with a Astrostart 5204 because it gave us the range from inside we required.
 
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