We hear about it in the news almost everyday. Many areas of San Diego are hotbeds for car jacking, car break-ins and theft. According to a 2014 Union-Tribune article, National City, City Heights, and Chula Vista are the top three neighborhoods with the most vehicle thefts per year.
While there are many precautions you can take to reduce your chance of a break-in (like locking all your doors, trunk, and not leaving valuables within plain view), you may not be fully guarded against thieves unless you have a reliable security system installed.
If your car is just too old to have an alarm system, or perhaps yours is just broken, you could be pushing your luck if you haven’t invested in a new one yet. There are many reputable brands that offer state-of-the-art security systems for affordable prices, and at Car Audio City, we specialize in installing these systems.
Before you get ready to make your purchase, make sure you educate yourself on the all the features that are available, and see which kind of security system fits your car’s needs and your budget.
CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE: Many insurance companies offer discounted rates for cars installed with a security system. It doesn’t hurt to call and ask, and your security system could end up paying for itself!
KNOW THE FEATURES: Consider your make and model of car, as well as what kind of cargo you are often toting around. “Motion sensors” allow you leave the top down or the windows open. The sensors will sound the alarm if movement is detected, and it also works great for flatbed trucks and vans. A “tilt sensor” monitors the tilting of your parked vehicle caused by an attempt to jack up or tow your vehicle.
“Remote start” is another option that comes standard with most after market car security systems. Remote starters work at a variety of ranges, allowing you to start your car to warm it up in winter, or cool it down in the summer, without ever leaving the comfort of your own house.
SMARTPHONE SYNC: With today’s technology, it’s no surprise that many security features can be controlled directly from your smartphone. Many apps work seamlessly with your security system, allowing you to unlock/lock your doors, pop your trunk, GPS your car’s current location, and even remotely set off the alarm, all with the touch of a button on your phone.
At Car Audio City in San Diego, we recommend Avital and Viper after market car security systems. These brands are trusted in the industry, and have superior customer service ratings. Our trained technicians will help you select the right security system for your car, whether it’s a basic, entry-level system, or something more advanced. They will teach you how to use it before you leave our shop, so you feel comfortable operating it on your own.
This month, Car Audio City is offering specials on two popular security systems from Viper. The Viper 3100VX, for just $39, is a one-way security system with three channel security and keyless entry option. The $99 Viper 3305V is a 2-way security system that offers LCD status indicator, parking light flash, and fully integrates with your iPhone or Android. Call us for a free quote or stop by our shop in National City!