Originally Posted by Critical_level2
All an alarm will do is keep "honest thieves" away. If a car alarm scares a thief away, then they are too honest to be a thief.
The last time you walked out of a store or shopping mall and heard a car alarm going off, did you race over to see what was going on or did you just ignore it. 99% of people nowadays just ignore them.
The second I read "an alarm", I heard a car alarm go off near me!! haha!
Anyways to add to that, depending on how hellbent a thief is on stealing something really depends if they steal it or not. Locks, alarms, etc, are all DETERRENTS. I mean think about it, if you lock your front door and your windows, it's still pretty dang easy to break a window. Most amateur thieves won't break a window to steal something (unless something very valuable is right in plain sight). Same thing with car, most people will only steal them if it's easy. Most thefts are spontaneous and are because someone sees the opportunity to steal something and does.
When I was in high school, a teacher of mine had two projectors stolen in 2 years. He then put a black cloth over the projector when it was not in use. 4 years later it hasn't been stolen again.
Now professional criminals are a different story... They are a lot harder to stop, usually if a pro wants your stuff, they get it. You really have to use more than a deterrent to keep your things safe from them. For instance a safe you have may have your valuables locked away, but a pro can just pick it up and walk out with it and worry about cracking it open later.... If you bolt it to the floor or wall, then there is a much lower risk of it getting stolen. People hide money in stupid places and the pros will always find it. Mattress, pantry, etc... they'll find it!
Another thing... most thefts (not cars necessarily) happen by people you know. If your house is torn to shreds and the valuables gone then you probably didn't know the person. If just one or two things that were in specific spots are missing and nothing else, you probably knew the person...
It's really hard to steal a modern day car because of the chips in the keys and the vin
number is stamped everywhere now days, on every body panel, etc IIRC
. Old cars however are a different story. They make custom security systems that will cut off power to the starter if you don't have a special card plugged in along with the key. Friends 93' ranger had it when he bought it from an old guy. It's this little thing that looks kinda like a computer chip. You pop it in below the dash, the truck will start right up, without it, it won't even crank. It's not simply putting two wires together, it actually is a coded computer chip that decrypts something, idk how it works but it's cool for old cars that are at risk of getting stolen.