It is estimated that in New Zealand a car is either stolen or broken into every minute. It is therefore not surprising that car alarm system manufacturers are constantly finding ways to improve the theft deterrence abilities of their products. But while it’s amazing how car alarm systems have evolved form their simplest beginnings, it’s even more amazing how car thieves still manage to get around them. Are car alarm systems really too simple to provide any protection?
Basic car alarm systems work by using simple circuitry technology – if someone forces the car door open, the circuit is closed and a siren sounds off. More sophisticated car alarms have added more sensors to capture every possible threat by being more sensitive to light vibrations or pressures. Shock sensors cause the alarm to go off when someone or something hits or moves the vehicle. The alarm will go off in patterns dependent on how strong the shock is – the sounds go anywhere from a short beeping sound to a very loud, non-stop alarm. Because shock sensors are very sensitive to any movement in and around the car, it often goes off accidentally; when someone leans on your car while waiting for a cab, for example, or when a huge truck passes by and causes the ground on which your car is parked to vibrate.
Whether they effectively deter thieves or not is subject to debate. Some experts say that shock sensors make car alarms go off unduly, and that this has caused people to become immune to them. Studies show that car alarm sounds have become so ordinary that almost nobody notices them anymore.
Manufacturers of car alarm systems are going full speed on their development of new and more innovative alarms that are more proactive. These alarms have the power to stop a stolen vehicle or send signals by themselves so that the owner and the police can track its location.
According to AA Insurance, a car without an alarm is 1.3 times more likely to be stolen than one with an alarm installed. A survey of members revealed that half of Kiwi Drivers leave their car unlocked outside their house, with 13% admitting they never lock their car no matter where it is parked. Simon of Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu has some very basic, common sense advice for you to prevent your car being stolen:
* Always lock your car, even when parking at home
* Keep all valuables and your car keys out of sight
* Park in a well-lit street or secure car park
* Install visible security such as an alarm light or steering lock
* Never leave your car running when unattended
Always maintain your vehicle in the best possible mechanical condition. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE