How To Secure Your Car From Theft
Cause for Alarm is a do-it-yourself car security site focused on Hondas / Acuras and DEI brand security products. More than a simple car alarm install how-to, the goal is to implement a comprehensive security setup impossible for any thief to bypass under real-world conditions. I refer to this strategy of concealing and fool-proofing the security system as a stealth install.
The components that make up a stealth install include the following: a quality alarm installed and fully concealed in an unusual location, a battery backup, an array of sensors beyond the default shock sensor, a second siren, and an independent kill switch. The alarm's primary start-kill function remains on the starter circuit as a diversion, while a supplemental start-kill is applied to the main relay which is relocated deep within the dash making the alarm's security much harder to diagnose and bypass.
Get the Most From This Site
Though the installs are labeled by application, a lot of the information is not vehicle specific. No single install contains every type of sensor. Some cars have power locks while others are manual. Your vehicle application may have a quarter panel install, while another may feature a dash install with remote start. To get the most from this site, you should scan through the other pages.
The Future of Cause For Alarm
The previous version of Cause for Alarm went down because it depended on donations to pay for hosting. I am happy to provide free information, but I am not going to pay for the privilege to do so. Forum site admins often refuse to allow me to solicit donations even when I am a contributing member of their site.
When the hosting at thecarthing.com expired, I thought I would put the site to rest. Instead I began to receive requests to bring it back. The tipping point came when members of Civic-EG.com raised a ruckus and the creator of that site offered to donate hosting. I would like to thank everyone that expressed an interest in reviving Cause for Alarm thereby validating the many hours I've put into it.
Please Donate for Hosting
Please extend your gratitude to teal_dx of Civic-EG.com for donating hosting for this site. Consider donating $12 or more to ensure that Cause for Alarm and the forums at Civic-EG remain open. You can do so by clicking on the donate button on his site (click Forum and then scroll to the bottom right or try this link). Thank you.
Have Me Do It
Having moved back to San Diego, I am once again taking on a limited number of installs. Please email me for a quote if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please try to avoid contacting me with questions. I have done my best to lay out everything I know on these pages. I am grateful to be notified of errors but I simply can't devote time to free consultations and technical support.
About the Author
The screen name "suspendedHatch" has nothing to do with my driving priviledges. It began as a screen name I made up referring to a trap door like you'd find on a tree house. It's a coincidence that it carried over well when I gained an interest in modifying cars; in particular hatchbacks with modified suspension.
I have an (expired) advanced MECP with over a decade of experience designing car security setups on Hondas, Acuras, and other imports. I have an (expired) Safety and Emissions Certification, a Bachelors in Sociology and an Associates in Graphic Design.
5th Gen Hatch Theme
The banner photos are actually two separate cars that I've owned. They both began as stock Civic VXs. In one I swapped in a 3 Stage VTEC engine running off an AEM EMS, converted to coil-on-plug ignition. The second received a combination of ITR and GSR suspension and chassis components, and will soon be sporting a GSR engine with an ITR transmission.