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Now that I have a big "please steal me" sign on my car, I need to think about installing a security system.

Any advice on this?
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cat_named_spot From: cat_named_spot Date: October 17th, 2003 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, get an alarm.

From: qtkat Date: October 17th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
my advice: do it.
From: ex_mrflagg Date: October 17th, 2003 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
the ones that call your cell phone when your car is getting stolen are pretty hot. i've seen one of those that is a remote starter as well. you can call your car and start it.
From: ex_mrflagg Date: October 17th, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

took me a few to find it again
jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 17th, 2003 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm on a budget. Besides, here in California, there aren't many days when you would need to start your car before you get in it.
From: fusion260 Date: October 18th, 2003 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alarms don't do much. Think of it this way, when you hear an alarm in a parking lot, or even outside a building, do you go to see what it is right away?

Alarms with shock sensors go off all the time, from someone driving by with subwoofers to just someone closing their door next to them.

There are so many alarms that go off that its the perfect example of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"

If someone wants something, they're going to take it... or stuff from it... or at the very least, screw your day because you screwed theirs, by them slashing tires or breaking all the windows and keying the paint.

I hear lots of stories from a few cops I know, and alarms are pretty much ignored nowadays, as far as cars go. :\

My advice, save your money, I guess.
From: dark_wolfe Date: October 19th, 2003 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I tend to agree with you--audible alarms don't do much. And quite a efw areas in California have local laws prohibiting ones that go off by vibrations, etc., they slam the owner with disturbing-the-peace.

A good alarm these days would:
* only be triggered by opening a door or attempting to start the engine while armed (not by "attempting" to open said door, etc.)
* audible in this situation so that the perp. knows he's been "caught" and might convince said person to run
* if not disarmed within a few seconds (for the owner who forgot to disarm first) disable the electronics in the car for a specific amount of time (e.g. 30 minutes), including starter-motor, etc.
* call the owner on his/her cell phone or pager to notify them

If you're really worried about the entire car being stolen, they have those tracking systems that use GPS to transmit the car's location to the alarm company and/or dealer. I hear they cost $$$ though.

I don't have an alarm, myself--I just make sure my insurance is high enough to cover the remainder of my car loan and any items I might have in it. Unfortunately, it might turn out at this point that it wouldn't cover it 100% (especially the latter, if I have all my tools in the trunk), but enough so I'm not totally screwed. And I try to avoid keeping stuff in the car other than a couple CD's.

I feel much better having a garage now to park my car in :-)
From: fusion260 Date: October 19th, 2003 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
True, but I've also heard in the conversation I've had with my friends is that thieves, if suspecting the car is being tracked will:

a) strip the car in a yard (which apparently can take minutes, or faster if they have friends. keep in mind, most thieves are professionals at this)

b) drain the engine flids (gas, oil, etc), and ream the hell outta it, causing for imminent seizure of the engine and transmission. this also doesn't take long.


You may get your car back, but it may not be worth it in the long run. Hmm, sounds like a movie to me.

I just feel happy knowing my Kia Sephia is very very low on the want-list for thieves... and even so, it's just a car, and it has all the neccissary insurances.

The alarm is up to you tho.
From: dark_wolfe Date: October 19th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, in a way the non-professional thieves can be worse. Had a neighbor once that got his piece-of-shit car stolen the night he moved in. The police found it the next day--it was taken by a couple of stupid teens who I guess were "bored", and they were drunk... and, well they stopped when the car ran into a building.

He got his car back... what was left of it :-)
From: qtkat Date: October 20th, 2003 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
so are you getting one or not?
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