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Alarm shock sensor upgrade

I notice on the USA Mazda 6 there's an option for an "Alarm Shock Sensor Upgrade" for $60.

Anyone know exactly what this is?
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Yes, it adds a shock sensor to the alarm system.

Usually a car alarm has different kinds of sensors:

* motion sensor
* hood switches
* microwave sensors
* glass break sensors

etc.

The shock sensor's purpose is to detect shocks applied to the body of the car (or impact).
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Yep. Otherwise, all we get is permiter detection. Meaning, the thief has to phsyically break a window (maybe not, if there is not a glass break sensor) or open a door/hood/trunk for the alarm to go off. Personally I want my alarm going off way before that happens.

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Ah, thanks. So this is the gadget that makes your car alarm go off until the battery dies when you have an accident. :-)

Seriously, though, well worth the $$$. Kinda ridiculously nickel-and-dime that they don't just include that automatically.
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I agree. It seems like a weird "option"... what the hell use is an alarm if it doesn't have shock protection? I don't want to wait till my window is broken for the alarm to go off.

And, as long as it's properly set up you should have falses. Being a factory unit, it's probably tuned for the car. 99% of all falses are caused by improperly set shock sensor sensitivity.

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Standard alarm is perimeter. which means somebody has to open a door or trunk. Never had much faith in alarm systems after I saw a demo where three guys broke into a car disabled the alarm system and stripped it bare in under 6 minutes.

If a pro wants your car, it's gone.
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True... but that isn't enough argument for me to not have the basics installed to deter the amateurs.

As far as pros... yep there's nothing you can do about it other than maintain intelligent parking habits.

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.. or get the automated version of the Flamethrower option :D
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I have other measures to keep my car in my possession also...

I have etched my car's registration numbers on every window of the car. This means it will not be stolen by any professional. Exchanging every window is a 3000 US$ deal that would have to be done prior to selling the stolen car.

In Sweden, however, we have the problem of stolen cars being shipped to Russia...they don't care about that either...:sarc

So...I keep my car in my garage, which has only one entrance: the car door. And it has no handles and can only be opened via a special coded remote... Oh, and the garage has its own alarm too if anyone tries to tamper with it...:D
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Here in the US, it's not the whole car they want. The seperate parts are easier to sell and hard to trace.
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