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Car Alarms - Do They Work As A Deterant?

Mar 11, 2008
With increasing crime and a large proportion of it being targeted towards vehicles, car alarms have become a necessity. Most of the recent cars being rolled out of the factory have a standard alarm that is fitted in the car itself from inception.

The sad part of the story is that professional thieves have worked their way around these car alarms and have devised means of getting past them leaving you high and dry when you realize that you car has been stolen in spite of an installed alarm.

To add to the annoyance, car alarms have stopped being effective fro more reasons that one. These days no one gets up and takes action when a car alarm goes off since it is assumed that it must be an over sensitive car alarm that has gone off due to one reason or another.

The only reaction that these alarms solicit is one of annoyance, irritation and anger toward the owner of the car. These sensitive car alarms can be set off by relatively loud thunder, a neighbor mowing the lawn or an unexpected strong blast of wind that may shake the car a bit. Statistics show that 95% of the alarms that go off are false and leave the owner peeved and miffed at having invested in a useless machine. These car alarms are probably of any consequence only in the rural areas where the sound of an alarm is not a usual sound that one hears every day and discards as a false one.

In spite of all the car alarm bashing that we are up to, we will have to admit that there are indeed some advantages of having a car alarm fixed. One direct advantage is the fact that cars fitted with alarms attract a lesser car insurance premium because companies believe that they have a lesser chance of being made the target of the next theft. And to a large extent it is true and seeing flashing light on the dashboard may desist some unprofessional thieves from trying their luck with your car when there are so many others in the car park. Keep in mind that a talented car thief may still be able to outsmart the machine and be off with our car before you can even utter the words car alarm!

All in all given that it does reduce the probability of a car theft, installing a car alarm is a good idea. But reducing the annoyance that it causes you and your neighbors is also equally important. Firstly, try and see if you can find some alternatives to a car alarm. If not, then you may want to consider deactivating it during an impending thunderstorm. You could also buy a high-end car alarm and adjust it according to the sounds in and around your house.
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