Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Car Alarms

Car alarms are almost completely pointless: discuss.

There is some background information you shoudl be aware of before reading this post. Firstly, I live in an area of South London where the occurence of the car alarm is pretty prevalant. Secondly, I am a very light sleeper and am woken by ridiculously quiet noises at the best oftimes. Thirdly, I now have a 2 month old baby who is somewhat difficult to get to sleep, and who, not unsurprisingly, does not enjoy listening to car alarms when asleep.

Luckily the car alarm that went off just outside our house last night only lasted for half an hour on and off and the little one went back to sleep but then i was kept awake for a short while considering the motivation behind car alarms.

As far as I can see. there can only really be three reasons to have a car alarm on; to startle the burglar, to draw attention to the vehicle in order to drive the burglar away and to let the owner know that the vehicle has been interfered with.

Now I don't have a problem with a car in a driveway or outside a house where the owner is in and can hear it. This is assuming he or she can be bothered to get up, check the car and turn the alarm off.

What I have a problem with is people who (day or night) leave their car behind somewhere with the alarm on. Again I would not have a problem if this alarm went off once for a maximum of five minutes to try and get rid of the potential thief/ vandal. The real problem is with individuals who are not around and who have alarms that go on ALL NIGHT LONG. There can be no need for this.

I can only assume that people do not realise that is what happens, or possibly more likely do not care as they are not around to be annoyed by it.

Just thought I would get that off my chest, and the same goes for house and shop alarms where people do not come and turn them off.....

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