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Sep. 7th, 2005 | 11:51 am

A few days ago some fiend parked a older van near my apartment, which for some reason decided at 6am that it needed to trigger the car alarm. It might have had something to do with a low battery or it might have just been broken, but for whatever reason it wouldn't shut up.

I was sufficiently filled with rage and hatred to call the cops. It took a bit for my addled brain and sleepy speech to be understood while I was standing near the bleeting car, but they took my information and I tried to go back to sleep.

The one thing that made me happier was that the fools parked their car in a red zone.

Also what do people think of giving out fix it tickets for car alarms that wont shut up, preferably ones that recommend switching to a silent car alarm? Would it be a reasonable demand that if someone actually gets reported to the cops for not having their alarm shut up they should have to replace it with a silent one?

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markcronan

Oh I hate that

from: markcronan
date: Sep. 8th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
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There was a car parked on our street about two months ago that had this happen to it.

However, it started at around 1am, and had not stopped happening when we left at 8:30am that morning. Almost 8 hours of the car alarm going off, then turning itself off for about a minute, then starting again.

I wish I had called the police. I kept thinking "someone else will take care of it. This is a street with hundreds of apartments. Someone closer to the actual car will call the police." I wish I had been that someone, as apparently all the hundreds of others on this street were thinking the same thing as me.

Yes, they should get a fix it ticket, and their car towed. Loud car alarms are so stupid anyway these days, given I have never seen a single person coming running to check out their own car that had its alarm going off.

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Diane Trout

Re: Oh I hate that

from: alienghic
date: Sep. 8th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
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One of my theories is that the more people who call and complain to the cops about it the better. For a government the more complaints they get about something the more likely they are to do anything about it.

The one downside is it really helps to have the license plate number, which involves getting up.

Though I'm wondering what level of government is best to lobby to for trying to pass anti-noisy car alarm legislation?

Should one start with the city, or go straight to the state?

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from: clynne
date: Sep. 8th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
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Loud, broken car alarms going off are definitely something to phone in a noise complaint about. Good for you.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Sep. 8th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Was it one of the cars from the car shop next door? They like to park their extra cars in teh free spots near out house. I'm always very pleased to see them have tickets.

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Dilinger

I check on my street.

from: dilinger
date: Sep. 9th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if Cigerattes could be attacked on the nuisance front, like loud noises or lewd behavior.

I live in Condo's/town homes. By the pool people smoke and people smoke on thier balcony. With my asthma and sensitive nose I am forced to leave or close my balcony window.

For me, the smell of smoke is worse then getting woken up by a car alarm. For me it isn't much different then an Assualt.

I appreciate those who put thier cigerrates out, but you would think it would be easier to just stop smoking.

The few people I know who smoke say they spend 100 to 175 a month on cigerattes. (insane!)

Oh back to your problem. Yes the more calls the better. We had a car on our street that was doing it for days, it took multiple days with many calls to get a response. I don't recall if the car was towed, but I know it stopped on the 3rd or 4th day. I know I called atleast 3 times and encouraged others to call also.

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