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Any recommended places/people in LA to install shock/tilt sensor to factory alarm for Prius 2008?

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    Hello,

    I'm trying to better protect my car after my cat was stolen a second time despite putting a cat shield.

    After researching, I found an alarm system like this (that includes a shock and a jack detection (which is essentially a tilt sensor):


    But I realized an entire system is being sold which could cost hundreds of dollars, and after calling to different stores in DTLA many of them sell an after market alarm system such as Viper which could cost $200+ and adding a tilt sensor is another $40, so the whole thing could cost $300 or more which I think is quite expensive compared to the cost of the sensors themselves which could be bought on Amazon together for $53 (probably they could be purchased even cheaper on Ebay):

    504D shock sensor is $12.95:

    https://tinyurl.com/ye2a9x8j

    507M tilt sensor is $40.90:

    https://tinyurl.com/4f7ae75y

    And then you have a video like this of someone who is installing them both to the factory OEM alarm to Prius 2005:



    So where can I find a place/person that could install them similar like in this video (by cutting existing wires/re-purposing the left rear for these sensors, etc) without spending too much in Los Angeles area? Does anyone have experience with that or know a place to recommend? This is for a gen 2 Toyota Prius 2008 car.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    I suppose that’s the one in Buena Park orange county area...
     
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    yes and no, you would have to call
     
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    I just called them they only do mechanics stuff so they don’t really have experience doing this kind of work related to alarm system.
     
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    sorry, i thought they did everything :oops:
     
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    I found another video by youtube user 12 Volt Neutron:



    Does anyone know how to contact or where youtube user 12 Volt Neutron's mechanic shop is located?

    I found a place that does the work in DTLA, but they charge $100, trying to see if there is a place where I could get it for less.

    Thank you!
     
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    This install is fairly simple and cheap.
    KERUI Standalone Home Office & Shop Security Alarm $53

     
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    Thank you, but does this comes with a shock and tilt sensor? This seems like a home security camera, in the video he just connects it below the car from the outside? Why can’t they just remove or steal it easily? Not sure how is this superior to properly installing a shock and tilt sensor (other than the price - which is the same as getting both mentioned sensors).

    I’m surprised there is such lack of interest and response on my thread given that our car is such a big target for catalytic theft... you would think some community members already figured out where is the best place price wise to install the two sensors to the factory alarm. So far the best price I found is $100. the two sensors cost around $50. So it’s a $150 job overall.
    Are you familiar with any private people or shops who will be willing to do the labor for like $50?
     
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    My Prius came with the "dealer alarm" which is the cheapest form of alarm that dealers put on all cars to protect them in the lot and to upsell you on when it comes time to buy. The car dealer actually owned the "alarm company" which was just reselling an UltiMATE-EDP box with a shock sensor attached.
    https://www.caralarm.com/Content/Manuals/Ultimate-edp_655_English.pdf

    If you have a little LED/button box under the steering wheel, as shown in the pdf, then you likely have a dealer alarm and can add a tilt sensor to it. I added one to mine and I increased the sensitivity of the shock sensor, if I kick the tire it honks 3 times to let me know it is armed, if I continue it goes off, if I jack the car up it goes off too.

    If you don't have this little alarm box, I think the Prius with keyless entry SKS has a factory type of alarm that is only triggered by the door switches, and there was a person that wired a tilt switch to the door switch to trigger it.