Car alarm going off for hours- ever had this happen near you?

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Posted 4/12/2012 by sues in NSBR Board

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PeaNut 16,228
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Posted: 4/12/2012 10:53:16 AM
This is not a 'what should I do?''s long over. But it got me wondering.

On Easter Sunday, there was a car in front of a neighbor's house (two doors down) with temporary plates. In the morning, the car alarm kept spontaneously going off. Sometimes there would be a half hour or more in between, sometimes only minutes. Someone inside the house was turning it off some of the time...but not every time. Sometimes it would continue until it reset itself. Cycle continued on and off throughout the day.

At 10:30pm it started again- only no one was turning it off. It would go continuously for a minute or two, shut off for about 10 seconds and then start again. I fell asleep at midnight and it was still happening. - assuming one of the neighbors -likely my direct next door neighbor, who is right next door to these people- called the police...what do the police do? Can they do anything? On one hand, the car alarm is disturbing the peace at a late hour- after doing it on and off all day. On the other hand, will they ring a doorbell to find out if the car belongs to someone in the house? Just because a car is parked in front of a house, doesn't mean the people in the house know the owners, kwim?

When I lived in the city, I was out shopping for a few hours with a friend. She dropped me off and my car was sitting in the driveway with the alarm going off. No reason that I could see. I had to disable it to get it to shut off. In the meantime, one of my neighbors was standing with her hands over her ears, screaming at me to shut it off. I understood her irritation- but she saw that I just came home and saw me scrambling to deal with it.

I guess my point is, I have been on both sides. I wasn't fond of the incessant car alarm late at night though. It got me wondering if there's anything the police even do, if called.

Kerry in CT

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Posted: 4/12/2012 11:50:01 AM
The police were called to the next road over from me for a house alarm going off, really old style with an outside speaker thingy. They checked the house, it was fine, and they told the neighbor who called it in that there was nothing they could do about the alarm.

Neighbor knew they were away for a week, but had no way to contact them. He waited for a bit after the police left, and then went over to the house and knocked the speaker off the house. Ahh, silence!

In your case? I would think that if they determined that the car did not belong to someone on the street, that they could possibly have had it towed.

Kerry in CT

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Posted: 4/12/2012 11:58:02 AM
Seems like the alarm was set to too sensitive a position. Probably a breeze shook the car enough to set it off. Hopefully the new owners took it in to have an adjustment made. Something like that would drive me nutz. I'd have to leave and go somewhere else. I might ask the people to move it elsewhere to give me a break.


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Posted: 4/12/2012 12:06:14 PM
I will apologize for my daughter's car. It has gone off for the last three mornings around 2:30am. This morning she stomped down the stairs screaming at the stupid thing. Her car is parked right under her window but she says her key won't work from up there. So each time it does it to her, she has to run downstairs and go outside to turn it off.

I would never have thought of calling the police.

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Posted: 4/12/2012 12:22:04 PM

I would never have thought of calling the police.
I didn't call...but I'm reasonably sure my neighbor did. He has an ongoing feud with that family.

I have a family member that had this happen, though. Well, in her case it was a car alarm and a dog barking outside. They went to a wedding or a Ren Fair or something and left the dog outside all day. He knocked over his bowl at some point -and started barking. And barking. And barking. Then the car alarm started going off...and it was hours of this. The family arrived home that night and found a squad car in front of their house. I know the police gave them a stern talking to about responsibility- but I can't remember if they were cited.

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Posted: 4/12/2012 1:29:55 PM
OMG yes. All the time when I lived in NYC. We learned to tune it out.

OK. Newbie. This is how it works. If your post consists of 80% sanity, 10% stupidity and 10% all kinds of crazy, we immediately focus on the 20% b/c it discredits the 80%.

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