I took the dive and went with a Viper alarm system with remote start. The model number 5901. I purchased it from an authorized viper dealer and installer to not void any electrical warranty. The insurance company said adding the viper alarm system will not have any negative effect on the policy especially because I live in an area where theft is common lol (talking abt the Bronx). After I saw the insurance and warranties were still intact I had it installed.
It's a pretty cool gadget. It does your basic lock and unlock. But instead of the horn sounding the siren beeps to alert you that its active. There is a sensor that's hidden next to the rear view mirror that emits a blue light periodically when active. Since the buttons are attached to the key, I didn't opt for the window regulator that opens and closes the windows since the factory buttons still work perfectly. The remote start is awesome. Does everything the Honda one does in terms of climate controls, but on the viper its called smart start. I also like the fact that if I remote start it, I can walk into the car, put the key in the ignition and leave without turning the car off beforehand (probably all remote starts do that but i think its cool lol). If the key is not in the ignition it will just turn off when you press the brake. There's also a pit stop mode where you can take the key out but the car stays on for those quick stops on road trips or something lol.
I did not make it too sensitive. A good bang anywhere on the car will immediately send me a page, but will not set off a full blown siren, more like a warning beep. If the door, window, trunk, or hood is open when I'm trying to arm the system I also get a page for that specifically stating what is open. If I unlock the door with the key the alarm goes off immediately so I'm still getting used to that lol. It has the failsafe starter kill which disables the car if the thief can bypass everything else. It also has a valet mode which unlocks a few but not all features.
In the end I feel it was a very good investment. Now I can remote start my car after a long day of class and by the time I get to my car I can just drive away without waiting for the car to heat up.