Question by Law: Is my Toyota’s “security” system not supposed to go off if a door is opened from inside while “armed”?
My 2001 Toyota Solara was broken into the other day. They pried the window out a little, then pulled it up off the track over the bumpers. The safelight guy who repaired my window today told me they probably popped the window out, then reached in and unlocked it, then opened the door. I tried it today. I got in, locked the car with the remote, then unlocked it manually and opened the door and the alarm did not go off. Is that normal with a factory stock “security” system? When does the alarm actually go off? (Without me pressing the panic button on the key-fob) Should I invest in a newer, better security system?
Answer by Terrence B
Try your test again. Wait about a minute or two in your car. You probably didn’t give the alarm time to arm itself. Most factory alrms take 30 seconds- some one minute. If you perform the test and it still doesn’t work, something is wrong with your alarm. Heck your alarm should’ve gone off. AAA came out to unlock my Toyota Previa and when the guy unlocked my door the alarm went off. Your security system is enough. It has the ignition disabler and other stuff. If a thief wants your car, they will still get it even if you had four alarms on your car. I think it’s fine, but retry your test to be sure.
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