I absolutely blame the owners, Sam. There is a car alarm going off in my hearing at least once a night, and far too many of them go off for a very long time. Not infrequently the same cars are repeat offenders. It is a HUGE quality of life issue for me. First, most folks have alarms that are far too sensitive for city living. It is rarely an attempted theft that sets them off. On narrow streets a large truck rumbling by frequently sets off alarms. Helicopters can do it too. So do fireworks from LSP -- setting off alarms over here! Obviously the perils of parallel parking and kids playing ball are also alarm setters. If your alarm is this sensitive, you MUST get it changed in some way. It is inconsiderate and uncivilized not to do so. My car has an alarm and it never goes off unless you actually try to get into the car.Second, it is unacceptable that an alarm will continue to "go off" for an hour or more. A few rounds of that horrendous noise should be enough to scare off the perpetrator and notify you if you are nearby. Since most of us are not near to our cars most of the time, the continued blaring is useless and extremely unpleasant. It is my opinion that any car that has an alarm that goes off for more than 5 minutes at one time should be subject to a noise violation ticket with a substantial fine. Thus people will find a way to change their alarms.Finally, I wouldn't be surprised if people simply don't listen for or notice their own car alarms. With so many going off, not only is there the collective inaction problem for "bystanders" but there is for car alarm owners. My first reaction upon hearing a car alarm is not "uh oh, I should check on my car," it is "someone's damn alarm is going off again." I suspect that most owners react in the same way -- yet another way that the owners of these alarms are at fault.Grr. Noise pollution drives me crazy! Especially when it is so easy to fix. Now, lets talk about the idling school buses, the screeching bus breaks, the penetrating back-up beeping on everything from a minivan to an 18-wheeler, the incessant Mr. Softee song, and the JC cops using their sirens just to run a red light.
I have, I think, a very effective deterent for negligent car owners who don't tend to offensive, middle-of-the-night alarms. If they don't "tend" to the alarms and keep me awake, I concoct a mixture of raw eggs and pour it down their windshield past the wipers, in to the engine compartment.(OK, maybe it is not a deterent, but it makes me feel better). I tried the "menancing" note route, but negligent car owners routinely ignore these. So, F980 'em. -M
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