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Car Alarms, Tracking Systems & Other Security Devices

Your car represents a serious investment of time and money, not to mention all the gear you've installed in it. Find out everything there is to know about securing your car with alarms, tracking devices, and more.

How Do Car Alarms Work?
Car alarms can seem like pretty complex devices, but they're all made up of these basic components.

Choosing the Right Car Alarm
If you've decided that you need a car alarm, there are a few factors that will help you make a decision.

Radar Detectors
Radar detectors can save you from a hefty speeding ticket, but how do they work, and are they legal?

Remote Car Starters
Remote car starters provide a secure way to get your vehicle running ahead of time, providing you with a warmed up engine when you're ready to go.

What is Vehicle Tracking?
There are two main types of vehicle tracking, and a number of related technologies. Most end-user systems are aimed at assisting in the recovery of stolen vehicles.

What is LoJack, and How Does It Work?
There are a lot of vehicle tracking and stolen vehicle recovery services out there, but none of them work quite like LoJack.

HowStuffWorks "How to Install a Car Alarm"
Installing a car alarm involves a lot of wiring, and you may end up with a non-starting vehicle if you do it wrong. If you do decide to go through with this bit of DIY work, make sure you have all of the proper tools and wiring diagrams ready.

Evaluating Stolen Vehicle Recovery Systems - Edmunds.com
LoJack is the stolen vehicle recovery system that everyone's heard of, but here's a rundown of the different options.

HowStuffWorks "How Car Alarms Work"
It's always a smart idea to have a good working knowledge of any device before you have it installed in your vehicle. Here's an explanation of how car alarms work.

How To Track Your Vehicle on the Cheap
If you can't afford a real tracking and recovery service, you can put together your own DIY project for a fraction of the cost. All it takes is a disposable cellphone and the right software.

How to Choose Car Security
Car security systems are more than just vibration-sensitive alarms. Before you settle on a security system, check into all of your options.

Preventing GPS Theft - How to Avoid GPS Theft
Even if you have a great alarm system, certain items within your vehicle are extremely vulnerable. Here are some ways you can prevent GPS theft.

Car Security 101
Every car security device falls into one of three categories: deterrents, immobilizers, and trackers.

Choosing a Radar Detector
Check out the most important radar detector features and options to help you find the best one for your particular situation.

Automatic Car Starters and Manual Transmissions
Although it is possible to install an automatic starter in a vehicle with a manual transmission, there are a few unique issues to deal with.

What is a Dashcam?
Dashcams are designed to provide a simple, foolproof way to record everything that happens when you're on the road.

How Does a Dashboard Camera Work?
Unlike most portable recording devices, a dashboard camera will start recording automatically and erase old video files without any user input.

Dash Camera Alternatives
Although there is no true substitute for a dash camera, there are a handful of viable alternatives.

Types of Dash Cameras
There are three main types of dash cameras, but they aren't all created equal.

Who Really Needs a Dash Cam


Dash cams may or may not be legal where you live, so it pays to do your homework.

Car Key Locators
Car key locators seem like the perfect solution to a nagging issue, but do they really work?

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