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Car Alarm 
9th-Sep-2012 09:07 am
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Poll #1865221 Car Alarm

Hypothetical: It's the middle of the night and you're woken from sleep by a car alarm going off loudly on the street in front of your home. How do you react? (Select all that apply)

I ignore it
25(34.2%)
I get angry
23(31.5%)
I satisfy myself that it's not my vehicle and if it's not mine, I ignore it
18(24.7%)
I satisfy myself that it's not my vehicle and if it's not mine, I do something else
2(2.7%)
I go outside to investigate
1(1.4%)
I call the police
1(1.4%)
I do something else (what?)
3(4.1%)

When you hear a car alarm go off, as between these two options, which are you more likely to assume?

The car is being broken into, or has been struck
2(3.8%)
The owner has set the alarm off accidentally or the alarm is malfunctioning
41(78.8%)
Neither
4(7.7%)
Something else (what?)
5(9.6%)

Generally speaking, are car alarms useful or useless?

Useful
7(13.5%)
I'm not sure if they help, but I feel better having one
12(23.1%)
Useless
22(42.3%)
I'm not sure
11(21.2%)
Something else (what?)
0(0.0%)
Comments 
9th-Sep-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they're useful for when someone is actually trying to break into it, but that has always seemed to be a very, very tiny fraction of reasons the alarm went off.
9th-Sep-2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
I think they're probably helpful if it's your car being broken into and you happen to be close by. But if you're counting on someone else to call the police, you will probably be disappointed.
9th-Sep-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
For the first question, if I know it's not mine, I'll still have a quick look out a window to be sure someone isn't breaking into a car/something else didn't happen. However, if I can't see the car from the window, I don't bother going outside, I just ignore it from there.
9th-Sep-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
* we are the only ones here
When the alarm does go off - and it does occasionally - I think
Damn! what set that off? - thunder?
Which car is it?
Where are the keys?

* I once had a car whose alarm system got misaligned. It only went off when I was in the car trying to get out.

* I was once in a vast parking lot with hundreds of cars. Somewhere a car was crying, "I have been tampered with. I have been tampered with."
9th-Sep-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
I said alarms are useful only because they make my insurance rates lower. Otherwise, they are a complete nuisance.
9th-Sep-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Very good point!
10th-Sep-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
It's the same with house alarms. If I hear someone's house alarm go off I completely ignore it. I can't see the point with alarms because people just ignore them.

If my own car alarm went off in the middle of the night I wouldn't go outside to investigate...better that who ever it is just steals the car than they hit me over the head with a tyre lever in the process of stealing my car.
13th-Sep-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
only house alarm i ever came across was the office alarm for an office I cleaned in once. It was a pain in the neck , recently they had it changed to to security people come by and check so you wouldnt be able to shut it down yourself...
13th-Sep-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
for the first question i voted 'i do something else', i look out of my window and i can usually see it was just a passerby bumping into the car or something, but if i ever see someone obviously messing with the car i would try to tell if it was the owner and if it obviously looked like the person/people were trying to break in i would call the police

actually scratch that, i would send my dad out to scare them off before i tried the police, works every time!
13th-Sep-2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I ignore it, or try to ignore it and fail at that, which makes me annoyed or even angry.

"heck, there one of those squirrels ran over the car again. why bother .."

Still, those alarms can be useful, since there is always the risk that somebody might look. If I'm awake, and can see the car from teh window, then I will look.
13th-Sep-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
If I heard one it was probably some cat or whatever setting it off.
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