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According to the FBI, in 2009, the last year for which figures are currently available, 794,616 vehicles were stolen in the United States. That’s a whole lot of thievin’ going on.
Way back in the day, car alarms were unusual. We can remember back in the 1970s when everyone looked when a car alarm started blaring. Yeah, this means we’re old, but it also points out how times have changed. Car alarms are so ubiquitous now that the most common reaction to a car alarm is no reaction. If there is a reaction it’s probably an annoyed one at the fool with the overly sensitive car alarm.
This indifference to car alarms is not good for people like us, car enthusiasts whose vehicles are more like family to them than mere transportation contrivances. There are different levels of alarm systems of course, some can kill the ignition and cut the fuel pump if the ignition is bypassed. You may have an image in your head of a car thief as depicted in the movies, under your dash cutting and shorting wires, you know, “hot wiring” your car. Sorry, two problems with that, one, that was never what hot wiring was, and two, no one steals cars that way.