Top 6 Aftermarket Security Options for Your Car Jul 18, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Depending on where you live, you may want to purchase a security system for your vehicle to mitigate the risk of theft and robbery. In fact, even people who live in the safest areas of the world should consider an aftermarket security system for their car. It doesn’t do any damage to your vehicle, but it might save you time and money in the future. While a car alarm or security system won’t stop the most dedicated thieves, it can convince some of them to avoid your vehicle and look for easier targets. If you aren’t sure which aftermarket security system or car alarm to buy, then consider one of the following top options.
Avital 5103L Car Alarm with Remote Start System
This particular car alarm system recently dropped in price, making it incredibly accessible to the average driver. Even so, it can enhance the security of your vehicle with its dual-zone shock and motion sensor. As a bonus, it provides keyless entry, keyless trunk opening, and remote start from a distance of 1,500 feet.
For those with vintage or older cars, this system from Crimestopper is ideal. It provides basic security and safety features. Best of all, it helps update vintage cars with power unlocking and locking thanks to the installable lock actuators. It is affordable and can add convenience and security to your vehicle.
Eclipse 360 Degree Vehicle Surveillance System
Sometimes it is worth spending more to get a better security system, such as this sophisticated system from Eclipse. The 360º video system will monitor and record your car both inside and out. Not only can the system deter less sophisticated criminals, but Eclipse can also be the safest way to catch vandals or thieves at a later time and help the police retrieve your vehicle. It is well worth the price.
Excalibur AL-2050-EDPB 2-Way Car Security System
This system has all the same features as most of the other systems, like remote start and more, but it goes above and beyond by letting you monitor several vehicles with just one remote. This is perfect for parents who want to keep an eye on their teen drivers and even people who just have several cars for their family and don’t want to juggle multiple security systems.
Scytek Mobilink 777 2-Way Car Alarm System
This system is even more expensive than the Eclipse Surveillance System, but it has the bonus of smartphone integration, making your life incredibly convenient. The system has all the security features you need, plus real-time GPS tracking, remote locking, and remote unlocking—all from a single app on your smartphone.
Viper 5806V 2-Way Security System
This Viper system is reasonably priced and features basic security plus remote start. The Viper remote can even operate at distances of around a mile. It even looks like the typical key fob that comes with cars so no one will know it wasn’t from your automaker without taking a close look. What’s most useful is the system’s adaptability—if you want, you can add the Viper VSM350 SmartStart GPS Module, which lets you integrate the alarm with your smartphone.