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Username: Treez4brkfst

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Got a muscle car and need to get an alarm. Any suggestions?
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Username: Mrjoshua

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New Features in Car-Security Systems

January 19, 2006; Page D2

What Is It: Manufacturers are coming out with car-security systems that can do more than prevent a car break-in. They've added some features that can page you when your car is being stolen, allows you to monitor your vehicle with videocameras, and calls you on your cellphone to tell you where you car is.

The cameras of OBS Inc.'s InSight security system

How to Get It: Clifford Matrix RSX 3.5, from Directed Electronics Inc., has a shock-sensor system that works two ways: When your vehicle gets a slight bump, it chirps; if it's being broken into, a six-tone siren sounds. And if you aren't within hearing range (about a quarter of a mile), the key fob beeps or vibrates. OBS Inc.'s InSight security system is a set of four cameras that are smaller than dimes, two microphones and an SD card, which records information about what's going on inside and outside of your car. Like a black box for your car, the system also has motion sensors, a car alarm and impact sensors that trigger the cameras. The system automatically stores two minutes of action before and after a possible car break-in, although the system can hold 300 of these instances. If you'd like to know how that bumper fell off your car while you went shopping, just take out the SD card (usually located in the glove compartment), put into an SD card reader connected to a PC and you'll see a playback, using the company's software. Guidepoint, a theft-recovery system made by GPSi LLC, calls you if your car has been moved without your authorization. It has theft-tracking functions with a global-positioning system receiver. Once you alert the company, its call centers will work with local police to track and recover the vehicle. You can track your vehicle at guidepointsystems.com. The system also allows users to start their cars remotely via the Internet using a cellphone or BlackBerry.

Upside: If security is a priority, it's reassuring to know that your car is only a computer-mouse click or cellphone call away.

Downside: Most of these systems have to be professionally installed, which can run a couple hundred dollars, to take advantage of the warranty. And all the high-tech gadgets in the world can't protect your car and valuables if you don't follow simple security precautions, like taking your keys out of the ignition after parking, rolling up the windows and locking your car.

Cost: The Matrix RSX 3.5 device, found at directed.com or clifford.com, can be had for $599.99, plus $100 to $200 for professional installation. The Insight basic camera-security system sells for $1,287.97 at obsusa.com. Guidepoint system hardware is only sold at new-car dealers and specialty electronic retailers for between $799 and $899 for the basic package. If you'd like additional services such as tracking the vehicle yourself, it's an additional $99 to $399 a year for the service plan.

Write to Raymund Flandez at raymund.flandez@wsj.com
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Username: Viziondetroit

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Auto One.. they have several locations, great prices and nice products. They have this new remote that alerts you when your alarm is going off if you are within range.

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