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Old 11-12-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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Alarm system question

I know that most car alarms go un-noticed when they are going off but I was wondering if anyone thinks they are a bad idea. The one we are looking at has an alert on the keychain and basically kills the ignition and send an alert to the driver that there might be someone trying to get into your car. It has a soft top so I asked the shop about a perimeter alarm and they said they dont install them because they go off to easy. Any suggestions on alarms or security for the jeep.

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Old 11-12-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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The best Jeep security is leaving NOTHING in your Jeep and your doors unlocked. That security system has worked well for my Jeep parked in a crappy part of town while I'm at work.

Are they a bad idea? Probably not, but the only arguement I see that they could be a bad idea is that if you have a flashing light on your dash then someone might be interested in inspecting your jeep to see what you're protecting.

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Old 11-12-2009, 03:58 PM   #3
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So do you think the perimeter alarm or just a better basic alarm. The installers around here say the perimeter "crys wolf" to much. says its always going off at the slightest movement. This is actually a jeep my twin boys have that they have put a lot of work into. I has a pyle amp and sub in it and that is what I am mostly concered about.
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I would recommend against a perimeter alarm...main reason being, if you park in a place where someone sets it off frequently just by walking past, they may walk past in a bad mood one day and decide to improve the paint job with their keys because it annoyed them. Or that can go toward anyone...not just someone who may regularly set it off.

A paging alarm wouldn't be a bad idea though...I saw a funny story about that a while back actually. A guy had one on his Honda and one night it paged him. He walked out to find nobody was there...upon further inspection however, he noticed that his hood was unlatched. The thieves had set off his alarm and then popped his hood in order to return and unhook his battery later that night so they could break into it/possibly steal it. He caught onto that idea so he called a buddy and had him come over for a little stake out...so his buddy hid in his car down the street waiting for them and the other guy waited inside his own car. A couple hours later, the guys returned...so the guy popped out of his car to catch them and they got in their car and drove off. This is where it gets funny...the guy's friend tailed them (they obviously didn't know he was involved since they'd never seen him or his car) and kept the original guy informed on their whereabouts until he caught up in his own vehicle. Once he caught up, they followed the guys...the guys caught on that they were being tailed so they tried to lose them. They ended up cornered in a parking lot at a nearby school. At this point the owner of the potentially stolen vehicle gets out and knocks on the punks' window with a baseball bat. The guy refuses to open the door. The passenger freaks out and opens the door, trying to run, which is the point where the friend steps around the side of the vehicle and knocks the kid flat on his ass.

They ended up frisking the guys and taking all of their cash along with their wallets and told them if they ever see them near their cars again, they will pay them a little home visit and they won't be so gentle the next time (afterall, they had their wallets which contained their wallets). lol

Ballsy? Yeah...but pretty funny
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:20 AM   #5
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Yah, that is funny. I agree with the perimeter alarm and am going with the one with a pager. Most people dont pay much attention to alarms going off anymore so I think the pager deal is a good one. Thanks for your input.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:40 AM   #6
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You could also get one that had the microwave sensor, this detects motion in the vehicle! The window could be rolled down and someone put their hand inside and it would go off!
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
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I never heard of those. Where would i find something like that.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:16 PM   #8
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Check with your local car audio shop for a system with that feature, or GOOGLE car alarms for convertibles and go from there!
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:07 PM   #9
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I'm with...... not leaving anything of value or irreplaceable items in the JEEP !

avoid the known bad areas.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:19 PM   #10
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I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the microwave sensor is a perimiter sensor.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:13 AM   #11
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Take it from me who ran a perimeter alarm on a Soft top. dont do it, especially being in San Diego where the Sun will set it off easier or the Wind blowing in, its just a pain and im sure the neighbors could care less about if going off after its falsed so many times.

I also do have the 2 way pager, I enjoy it, but rarely arm it now, I just dont leave anything valuable in my car, and if I do, I count it as a loss already just in case it gets stolen. Get a Tuffy if you want to leave valuables, I have a rear tuffy drawer that I have all my tools and everything in.

Microwave sensor is a proximity sensor along with ultrasonic (which works off beams but sucks regardless).

If I were to go back, id simply get my kill switch, it saved my car from being stolen recently. My alarm didnt save me because my stupid friends would purposely make it false so I had it turned off, but fortunately had the kill switch engaged. Get a kill switch, club, and possibly a Lo Jack if you want $10 off your insurance and that much peace of mind. People will tell you a club is worthless, well it isnt. Unless youre looking at a professional thief, no one will go through the trouble of trying to take your club off when theres other cars around with no club. Its a Theft Deterrent.
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Oh I also cut the wire to my alarm, so that it no longer makes a sound when its going off, but my 2 way beeper does go off.

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