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Current Category: Car Alarms
  1. How good are car alarms at stopping car theft?
  2. What are the Australian Standards for car alarms?
  3. How much do car alarms cost?
  4. What type of car alarm should I get?
  5. My Car won't start I've lost my remote control, what do I do?
  6. What is a 3 point car immobiliser?
  7. What is car keyless entry?
  8. Why buy and alarm for your car?
  9. Why Buy a Car Alarm System?
  10. How long can a car alarm go off for beforer iam fined?
  11. Can a car alarm going off drain your battery?
  12. Why does loud noise set car alarms off?
  13. What is causing my car alarm to go off?
  14. How to Reset a Factory Car Alarm
  15. How to Find the Right Car Alarm System for Your Car


1.   How good are car alarms at stopping car theft?
 

A car alarm is usually effective in slowing down and in most cases stopping a car thief from driving off with your vehicle, according to recent surveys from Australia's leading insurance companies. If fitted correctly by a qualified installer, car alarms are a small investment for peace of mind. No car alarm company can absolutely guarantee that your car won't ever be stolen, as cars do get stolen with car alarms installed in them, these cars are often towed by professional thieves. The level of security is dependent predominately on the alarm package that is purchased. Usually the more you spend the higher level of security you get for your car.

  
2.   What are the Australian Standards for car alarms?
 

The Australian Standards for a car alarm is a vehicle security device which complies with the AS/NZS4601 2003 regulations set out by the Australian Standards Authority. The product must meet certain criteria and undergo product testing in order to be certified to the Australian standards for car alarms. These criteria include; all black wiring, a minimum of 2 onboard immobiliser circuits, passive immobilisation, encrypted remotes and non-energised relays.

  
3.   How much do car alarms cost?
 

The cost of car alarms varies from state to state around Australia, along with the different brands and models. So it is always good practice to shop around and get comparisons to give you an idea. Compare pricing as well as installation costs and warranty, service or repairs to make sure you are getting a good deal for your money. You need to remember that if a car alarm or the installation lets you down, you need to know that you will get some kind of after sales service, especially if your car won't start due to the immobiliser leaving you possibly without transport.

  
4.   What type of car alarm should I get?
 

Generally, the choice of car alarm system is dependent on the vehicle, make & model. So once you let us know the vehicle make, model and year we will let you know all of the available options and prices and our recommendations for you to then ask more questions or make a choice.

  
5.   My Car won't start I've lost my remote control, what do I do?
 

Most alarms systems have an emergency override setup in the event of loss or damage to remote control. Please contact us via telephone or email if you needed any assistance in this matter.

  
6.   What is a 3 point car immobiliser?
 

A 3 point car immobiliser is a device which prevents the vehicle from being started by immobilising 3 main circuits that are needed to start a car, the Ignition Circuit, the Start Circuit & the Fuel Circuit. These car immobiliser's often also adhere to Australian Standards Certification.

  
7.   What is car keyless entry?
 

Keyless entry is when you don't need a manual key to unlock or lock the car. You normally press a button to unlock and a button to unlock the car. Some models of Toyota cars have a proximity sensor for the keyless remote controls, so as long as you are within a defined range of the car door handle and have the correct remote control for the car the car will just unlock.

  
8.   Why buy and alarm for your car?
 

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9.   Why Buy a Car Alarm System?
 

Recent statistics have shown that"1 vehicle will be stolen every 9 minutes and 1 in 4 will not be recovered so don't be a statistic!!!"

The so-called "factory security" car alarm systems simply do not provide the required protection & peace of mind and security that a “Quality” Aftermarket Car Alarm System can offer.

Recent statics consistently show that Car Theft is on the decline however they fail to mention that in 2011 there were 44660 reported thefts in Victoria alone!

Opportunistic car thefts (short term or joy ride) are on the decrease, however, Car Theft for Profit still remains consistent in offences and climbing when you take into consideration the value of the goods stolen!

Put a value on your contents

  • iPod / iPad / iPhone
  • Sunglasses
  • CD’S
  • Portable Hard Drives
  • Lap Top
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Portable Navigation units
  • Spare Wheel (The most common item stolen from rental cars)
  • Tool Box
  • Aftermarket Audio Equipment
  • Aftermarket Wheels and Tyres

Auto/car theft and car content theft is a nationwide problem,  many cars get stolen in virtually every city and town in Australia. Mongoose Car Alarms are designed to deter thieves on multiple levels:

    The bright blue flashing LED next to your mirror or on your dashboard, and the Mongoose sticker on your window lets thieves know your car is protected by the best-selling security system in the world. Experienced thieves don't want the hassle – they typically move on to an unprotected vehicle.
    The Mongoose system detects blows or impacts to the vehicle with the dual-stage shock sensor, which is sensitive enough to distinguish a light touch (which elicits siren chirps) from an aggressive intrusion attempt (which provokes the full wrath of the Revenger® 6-Tone Siren).
    Every Mongoose security system comes with the engine immobiliser starter Kill, designed to prevent "hot wiring" and to keep your car where you parked it. The combination of the shock sensor, siren and starter kill immobilizer provides multiple layers of protection against content theft and auto theft.
    Battery backup sirens are standard with most MongooseAlarms and will continue to sound even if the intruder cuts power to the system.

Experts recommend Layers of Protection

The four major layers recommended are :

    Common Sense
    Warning Device
    Immobilizing Device
    Tracking Device

Mongoose is your best bet for layers 2, 3 and 4 – and even though we don't sell Common Sense, we think it definitely might be common sense to protect your vehicle investment with a Viper!

The average stolen vehicle costs the owner $$$$$$ – plus a lot of hassle!

When your vehicle gets stolen – it opens up a can of worms. You need a police report, and then you need to deal with your insurance company. Then you have to rent a car, or bum rides from people or take the bus. You might get your car back or you might not, which delays your decision to buy another one. And if you do get it back it might be trashed. It's so much better to avoid having your car stolen in the first place, with a well-installed Mongoose alarm.

False Sense of Security – you may think you're protected... or are you?

You have never had an alarm and nothing has ever happened.... Don’t kid yourself it “HAPPENS” every 9 minutes!!

Many people come home from purchasing their new car with some kind of remote control on their keychain. (We call this a "factory remote" because it came from the factory that built your car.) But is there a true, full-featured security system on your new car, or just keyless entry? One way to check is, roll your window down part way and lock your car with the remote. Now reach in and open the door. Does your horn honk? No horn – no security.

You have never had an alarm and nothing has ever happened.... Don’t kid yourself it happens every 9 minutes!!

If your horn does honk, that means you have some security – if the thief opens your door. But what if they break a window and then reach in or climb in? Very few factory security systems include a shock sensor. That's the Mongooseadvantage.

Real security and peace of mind – with Viper!

Please spend some time checking out the Mongoose systems on vipersecurity.com.au

  
10.   How long can a car alarm go off for beforer iam fined?
 

Vehicles

It is an offence for an intruder alarm to sound for more than:

  • 45 seconds for cars manufactured on or after 1 September 1997 
  • 90 seconds for older cars.

A defence is provided for the above conditions, but only for vehicles manufactured before 1 March 2009, if:

  • a vehicle window or windscreen was broken or removed
  • the motor vehicle was involved in an accident
  • the motor vehicle was broken into or an attempt was made to break into it.

Source: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/noise/alarms.htm

  
11.   Can a car alarm going off drain your battery?
 

Yes. If the alarm keeps ringing and doesn't reset itself or is ignored by the owner and left running for hours it will eventually drain the battery.

 The alarms that flashlights in addition to making noise would draw more power and have more of an effect on the battery.

I've seen parked cars with motion sensors based alarms triggered by  vibrations when a large vehicle goes past it.

If your battery was weak,  having an overly sensitive alarm triggering repeatedly would probably finish it off.

The alarm in a nontriggered state shouldn't draw much power.  But if the car is left unused for extended periods, get a battery minder to keep the battery charged. 

The most common automotive battery are the wet cells (flooded batteries). Some self-discharge at a rate of 30% per month.

  
12.   Why does loud noise set car alarms off?
 

Most of these alarms have a tremble switch. These switch's vibrate and set off the switch. Load noises can and do set these alarms off Also some alarms have Mercury switch's that if you try to move the car it will set them off.

  
13.   What is causing my car alarm to go off?
 

Car alarms that go off for no reason may be triggered by low vibrations caused by a passing car or a small animal. They can also be triggered by loud noises and fail to close the door or trunk properly. A typical car alarm system consists of a controlling unit, sensors and an alarm; an electrical fault in any of these may cause the alarm to go off for no reason

  
14.   How to Reset a Factory Car Alarm
 
Method 1

Resetting a Factory Car Alarm

Unlock the car manually. If the alarm remote is not working, use the key directly. Often times opening up the door will stop the alarm. If the driver's side door won't unlock, try the passenger door.

Method 2
Turn on your car. Put the key in the ignition, and turn the car on. If this doesn't turn off the alarm, try turning on and off the dashboard lights a few times without revving up the engine.

 

Method 3

Utilize common tricks. Factory car alarms have some simple reset protocols to help turn off an alarm. Most of the tricks rely on using the key in the door; simply put, a lot of factory car alarms have a door sensor, so working with the door might be go-to for a quick fix.

  • Put the key in the driver's door and turn it twice to the right, then twice to the left. Then insert your key into the ignition and start the car.
  • Turn the key to the unlock position and hold it for two seconds before opening the door.

Method 4

Disconnect the battery. If the alarm is still sounding after the initial troubleshooting, you'll want to silence the siren as quickly as possible. Car alarms rely on the electronic component of the vehicle and disconnecting the battery should both silence the siren and reset your alarm. Open up the hood, locate the battery, and with a wrench, remove the negative terminal. Then reconnect it after a minute has passed.

  • If it is more easily accessible you can also unplug the wiring harness that connects to the car's horn or siren. If the horn or siren gets unplugged it can no longer make noise.

Method 5

Reset the alarm unit. Locate the alarm and transmitter system; refer to your owner's manual for the exact location. Hit the reset switch or turn it off and on. 

Method 6

Remove the alarm fuse. This should both silence and take the alarm out of commission until the fuse is replaced. Find the alarm fuse in the fuse box. Remove it, and put the fuse in a plastic bag. You can store it in your glove compartment for safe keeping.
  • If you cannot locate the alarm fuse right away, remove fuses to see if the alarm will stop. Doing this will not cause damage to the car, but make sure you return the fuses after you've determined they are not for the alarm.[6]
  • Some car alarms, when tampered with, prevent a car from starting as an anti-theft function. If you remove the fuse and cannot start the vehicle, you will have to take the car to a mechanic or dealer.

Method 7

Seek a mechanic if problems persist. If none these reset methods work, try speaking with a mechanic or dealer. If they can recognize the issues over the phone, the fix might be simple. However, the further diagnosis might be needed in person.

  
15.   How to Find the Right Car Alarm System for Your Car
 

If your car is not equipped with a manufacturer car alarm, you may want to look into installing an alarm system. A car alarm system includes an electronic device that is installed in the car, a keychain transmitter to be used as a remote control and sensors that detect signs of auto intrusion. When a car alarm is triggered, it engages a number of operations designed to startle away intruders and alert the car's owner of the possible threat. An engaged alarm signal generally involves a car's lights and horn, or a loud siren emanating from the alarm itself. There is a wide variety of auto alarm systems, with an equally variant range of price points. Follow these steps to find the right car alarm system for your car.

Decide which of the 2 basic types of auto alarm is right for you. Car alarms are either active or passive, depending on how you want to arm your car.

  • Passive alarms are based on the automatic arming of the car alarm and turn on once all the doors are shut and locked. Your auto insurance provider might give you a discount for installing this type of alarm.
     

Active alarms are based on manual arming, turning on only once you push the transmitter button.

Steps

Step 1
Decide which of the 2 basic types of auto alarm is right for you. Car alarms are either active or passive, depending on how you want to arm your car.
  • Passive alarms are based on the automatic arming of the car alarm and turn on once all the doors are shut and locked. Your auto insurance provider might give you a discount for installing this type of alarm.
     
  • Active alarms are based on manual arming, turning on only once you push the transmitter button.
 
Step 2
Formulate a budget in order to decide which security features you can afford. All basic auto alarm systems will signal an alarm to deter thieves, but only more expensive models come with ignition system immobilizers.
 
Step 3
Create a list of the features of your car that can be put to use by a car alarm system. Your car alarm of choice should put your car's features to use and should not incorporate features your car does not have. For example, if your car does not have a sunroof or power door locks, then you do not need to invest in an alarm that engages those features.
 
Step 4
Search the Internet for a list of car alarm manufacturers.
 
Step 5
Request product brochures from each of the manufacturers on the list.