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Car Alarm

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I'm not sure if this is the right area of the forum for this but I thought I'd give it a try. Does anyone have any recomendations for a good car alarm that has good balance between features, reliability and price? I haven't seen any discussions anywhere that I've looked on the forum but I would think that with the amount of money that goes into these radios and equipment this would be a major concern with mobile installs.
 

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Car alarms are, in general, a waste of money. They have too many false alarms, are ignored by everyone because they are so common, and can annoy the heck out of your neighbors. The best thing to do is make your radios removable, either by using portables or designing the mount so the radio has a quick connect and is mounted on a slide. If the radios are in the vehicle, a thief will get them no matter what kind of alarm you have. The best thing you can do is always lock the doors and hope for the best.

One of our unmarked units was broken into while thee deputies were at lunch in a major shopping center in broad daylight. They got two mobile radios and a scanner. They almost got the shotgun as well but didn't have a big enough pry bar to break it free from the mount. These guys knew it was apolice car and broke in anyway. Your chances in a civilian vehicle are zero if the radios are visible and the the thief knows what he's doing.
 
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Alarms are not totally useless by any means. Especially for the vehicle parked in front of your home, where you can hear the alarm. But even in a public place, thieves generally won't stick around when an alarm is sounding. Why should they when there are plenty of cars without alarms that they can move on to?

On the other hand, I agree that over-sensitive and malfunctioning alarms continuously falsing and driving people crazy with the noise contribute to most people not even paying attention to them anymore. And if you live in an apartment complex or crowded neighbourhood, it gets really farking old listening to them chirp everytime the neighbours kid comes home at 3am.

I've seen many auto burglaries on vehicles that had alarms that never went off. It's because the burglars won't even open the door in many cases. They just bust the window, lean through it to take what they want, and then walk away without ever setting the alarm off.

Therefore, here's where I would spend my money instead of on an expensive alarm ---> http://www.shattergard.com/home.html
 
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Thanks for the info. The window film looks pretty interesting.
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I've installed AutoPage and Prestige alarms and never had any problems. They have great features like remote start and starter disabler built-in. They're also pretty cheap on Ebay. I would recommend either one.
 
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AlSal28 said:
I've installed AutoPage and Prestige alarms and never had any problems. They have great features like remote start and starter disabler built-in. They're also pretty cheap on Ebay. I would recommend either one.
Are they difficult to install yourself or should I have it professionally done?
 

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Yeah, you can bet it will be on my next vehicle. I only worry about rescuers being able to get in to save me if the car is on fire, lol.
That's a real and valid fear. If you're involved in any kind of accident, the easiest route to extrication is through the window if the door can't be opened. With this film in place, you'll have to wait until the Hurst tool arrives and they can cut you out. I'd rather not take the chance of dying to save my radios, especially when the film is over $400 for just the front side windows.
 
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