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Which car alarm is right for me?
Car alarms become more and more sophisticated with each passing year. As career thieves grow more accustomed to new car alarm designs and learn to successfully overcome them, then more innovative designs are needed to help maintain a high standard of vehicle security.

Here we take a look at the various alarm types on offer, and help you to decide which type is right for your vehicle.

Door Alarms

These are the oldest, most basic, and cheapest form of car alarm on the market. With door alarms, an array of sensors and switches cause an alert signal to sound whenever one of your car doors opens. With devices as simple and as long-standing as this, you should note that career thieves now have a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with this alarm type. However, given the choice between an un-alarmed car and a vehicle fitted with door alarms, you know which vehicle the thief is likely to target!

Shock Sensor Alarms

A more sophisticated alarm type will rely not just on door alarms, but shock sensors too. These are fitted to your vehicle to pick up on any knocks or movement caused to your car. A different alarm is usually emitted depending on the severity of the shock received.

Shock sensors now form the basic hub of most car alarm designs. A higher level of security is achieved here because, rather than only alerting you to an intruder successfully gaining access to your vehicle, you are alerted when someone tries to attempt to access your vehicle, as well as when they try to steal parts from your vehicle, or tries to damage your vehicle in any way.

The only trouble with some of these shock sensor alarms is that they can have trouble differentiating between a genuine threat to your vehicle and a harmless occurrence – a cat jumping up onto your car bonnet for example!

Pressure and Window Sensors

A good car alarm system will also feature pressure and window sensors. Most car thieves want to access your vehicle in the quickest time possible. This means simply smashing one of your windows to gain entry. Window sensor alarms use microphones to detect the sound of breaking glass, alerting you as soon as one of your windows becomes damaged.

Pressure sensors are another method of measuring breaking glass, or a door being opened. A break to a window or the opening of a car door cause the air pressure inside your vehicle to change, and these sensors detect these changes, raising the alarm when changes occur.

No matter what type of car alarm you choose, you will be helping to deter thieves and increase your car’s security. And car alarms can help to bring your insurance costs down too.

Many insurers, from mainstream insurers like Kwik Fit Insurance to smaller specialist car insurance brokers, now offer reduced rates and discounts to car owners who have car alarms and security devices fitted to their vehicles. These alarms usually need to be Thatcham-rated and installed by a certified installer before they will be recognised by an insurer. Do check around the websites first though for helpful information; they allow you to browse a range of car insurance quotes to engage with.

Before you make any expensive alarm purchases, you should first check your existing insurer’s requirements and the availability of reduced rates and discounts, to make sure that you will benefit from reduced insurance costs as a result.

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