Tag: Aftermarket Car Alarm
This is what happens when you have a factory alarm.
It all seemed so simple: Get out of the car at the grocery store, lock and arm your vehicle with a factory keyless entry alarm, do your shopping and go home.
Until you find out that your car isn’t in the parking lot when you get back. You got straight up car jacked! How did that happen?
Car manufacturers and alarm manufacturers have added more sophisticated technology so thieves have become more and more clever. Thieves now use handheld devices called Code Grabbers that capture the code sent out from your transmitter so they can use it on your car. Some thieves even have other devices called Code Blockers that simply prevent your signal from reaching the car in the first place, leaving your car unlocked so thieves can do with your vehicle as they please.
And it’s not just fancy new cars that are targeted anymore – Thieves have wisened up and now avoid high end cars because they know there will be extensive security to get past. Instead, the latest reports show that Ford pickup trucks are targeted most frequently.
So what’s the point of all this frightening info?
Aftermarket alarms have managed to stay a step ahead of thieves by using various technology that is far more effective than factory car alarms.
Why dont you get yourself something nice? You deserve it.
First off, is Code Hopping.
Just about all of the big names in car alarms—Viper, Python, Autopage, Clifford, Omega etc.—use Code Hopping technology to prevent Code Grabbers from intercepting and retransmitting a code. It works by changing the encryption code that is transmitted from your key fob every time you press a button. The receiver, or “brain,” of your alarm will reject and ignore any code that was previously received. So if a Code Grabber intercepts your signal and that signal is transmitted to your vehicle, your alarm will reject that code since you already used it and it will not unlock your vehicle.
And with 18 QUINTILLION different code combinations, you can pretty much press the buttons on your remote nonstop for the rest of your life and you’ll still have plenty of codes left to go through.
The more difficult device to deal with is the Code Blocker which prevents the code from even reaching your vehicle in the first place and makes Code Hopping ineffective.
Police still don’t know too much about this new device but it’s safe to assume that it somehow blocks the certain radio band frequencies that car alarm transmitters use. Until car alarm manufacturers develop transmitters that operate on a frequency that Code Blockers cannot intercept, there are still some technologies that aftermarket car alarms use to prevent thieves from stealing your vehicle.
Starter Kill is a simple switch that comes with most alarms that gets connected between the battery and starter. When arming your car this switch is activated, so if a thief gets into your vehicle they will still be unable to start it.
A Failsafe Starter Kill is a digital keypad that completely prevents the starter from cranking when the system is armed. This way, even if a thief has your own key they will be unable to start the car if the alarm is armed.
Piezo Sirens can be added to just about aftermarket car alarm system and, boy does it pack a wallop. Your normal siren is mounted under the hood so that can heard from the outside. A piezo siren, on the other hand, is mounted inside the vehicle. A fun place to install them is right behind the stereo so when the thief gets into your car, they’ll be blasted with an ear-shattering 118dB high pitched tone straight to the dome. I have one in my own car and trust me, it’s truly painful to sit in the car for more than a second with that thing going (and this is coming from someone who blasts heavy metal through his headphones everyday).
Now for the icing on the cake…
One of the most simple things listed here, the backup battery. An entire alarm system can be rendered useless if the thief cuts the power to the vehicle. A backup battery is usually installed inside the vehicle behind the stereo like the piezo siren and will keep your alarm system juiced even if your power is cut.
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Welcome to “Dear Cody” where I answer some questions from concerned and confused customers!
Today I’ll be answering a thought provoking letter I received from someone who does not understand why anyone would ever want to buy an aftermarket car alarm. Let’s help him out!
I hate aftermarket car alarm systems. What’s the point? I already have a factory alarm and most car manufacturers already include alarms on cars nowadays. So why would anyone buy an aftermarket one? It’s not like aftermarket ones are better. The car manufacturer is THE CAR MANUFACTURER. The manufacturer is going to know what’s best for the cars they make. Aftermarket products are just asking for trouble. All it takes is someone cutting or splicing the wrong wire, and the entire electrical system is gone! Poof! As a concerned consumer, I strongly urge you to stop selling aftermarket car alarm systems. I HATE THEM!!!!
The Rollin’ Troller
Dear Rollin’ Troller,
You bring up some great points. A lot of cars DO come with factory alarms so let me lay out some of the benefits:
2-Way Paging- Many aftermarket systems use 2-Way paging to alert you if your vehicle has been tampered with. This feedback can be audio, visual, a vibration or a combination of all 3. Some even allow you to sync up your system with your Smartphone and you can receive SMS or email alerts.
Extra range- Most aftermarket systems have a range between 1000 feet to 1 mile. The range isn’t a benefit for its lock and unlock abilities; it’s for the 2-way paging system I just mentioned (although if you want to unlock your car from that far away go for it, but it can be useful if you forget to lock your car). The longer the range, the more aware you’ll be of your vehicle’s status.
GPS Tracking- Oh yes, aftermarket alarm makers now offer GPS capabilities on their alarms. This feature allows you to track your vehicle’s location in real time – great for parents with teenage drivers. Not only that, you can set curfew and perimeter alerts. If your teen is out too late or goes outside the perimeter you’ll be notified straight away. And, if your vehicle is ever stolen, you can track its location so the authorities can find it faster.
Expandability Options- Aftermarket alarms usually come with ports to connect additional sensors like tilt sensors or proximity sensors, backup batteries to keep your alarm going even if your battery is disabled, or even additional sirens like the piezo siren which emits an ear shattered 125dB tone. And that bad boy siren gets mounted inside the vehicle too, so it’ll absolutely destroy any would-be thief’s ears.
And as far as messing up your install, alarms nowadays come with detailed instructions and wiring diagrams. If you’re not the DIY person, just take it to your local installer, or if you’re in the area, bring it to our Valencia location and our skilled installers can hook it up for you.
Buying an aftermarket alarm and the cost of an install is still going to be less than you pay from the car manufacturer AND it’s going to be better. So to answer your question: Why would anyone ever buy an aftermarket car alarm…
Because it makes sense! That’s why!
Don’t let your stuff and your car get stolen, invest in a car alarm security system today!
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The Holiday Seasons are a great time to pick out an alarm system for a gift. They’ll protect your possessions, your transportation, and also add some convenient features to make driving a better experience. Adding an aftermarket security system is easier than one may expect. In fact, alarm installation shops can help you install an aftermarket alarm system into most vehicles. Do a bit of research on your vehicle with a professional installer to ensure an alarm system can be installed into your car, and after verifying you can, the next step is choosing your security system.
Alarm Systems have a lot of features to offer, from LCD displays to help confirm the status of your vehicle, or extended paging range which in some circumstances can reach up to one mile. There’s also tons of small personal adjustments you can make with your alarm system to truly personalize it to your expectations. These features vary from being able to remote start a car (if your alarm is equipped with a remote starter, like the Autopage C3-RS915-LCD) at a specific time of the day. This is especially convenient if you want to coordinate your vehicle to start on your schedule. This can help the car get nice and warmed up before you’re ready to jump in on your daily commute. Giving a vehicle roughly 2-4 minutes of warm up time before accelerating away is much better for your vehicles fluids to all reach a consistent temperature and will extend your vehicles lifetime.
Let’s not forget the alarm systems main feature is to deter theft. Most vehicles don’t come equipped from the factory with an alarm system. A common misconception is that since your vehicle may chirp or honk when you lock the doors that an alarm system is now active. This isn’t the case, and can put you at risk of vehicle theft. Equipping a vehicle with an alarm system is always a plus, and with the Holidays coming up, they make a perfect gift for almost any car!
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