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Car Alarm 
9th-Sep-2012 09:07 am
RoadTrip
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.
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