Notes from your Neighbors: “Please Use a Club or Bear Trap on the Seat Instead”

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Thanks to Serious Jammage for sending yesterday:

“Just saw this posted on a car whose alarm has been sounding off for nearly 48 hours now”

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  • To the slight defense of the owner, something like a mid-90s Honda is vastly more likely to get stolen off the street then any modern car, which have much better theft prevention technologies. Also, if you make a noise complaint, I’ve seen police disconnect the batteries of nuisance cars. Not sure if that’s formal procedure or not.

  • Is there even a way of “turning off” your car alarm? Short of disabling it completely by disconnecting wires? In my car, as soon as the doors are locked, the alarm is enabled. If there were a problem with the alarm, I wouldn’t even know how to turn it off.

    I know how to turn it off to get the alarm to stop sounding, but then as soon as I lock the doors, the alarm is enabled again. So if there is a problem with the system where it repeatedly sounds for no reason, I wouldn’t know what to do other than leave it unlocked.

    • I believe a mechanic can disable the alarm.

    • I feel like most alarms sold in the past 10+ years have a sort of “time out” setting adjustment that keeps them from doing this very thing.

      • ah

        It may even be a requirement – the incessant alarms almost always seem to be older cars with third-party alarms on them.

    • This exact thing happened to me – it was my car, but couldn’t hear it. You can’t disable the alarm without apparently turning off the horn. Which is illegal. They most likely have a rusted out sensor in the hood that is making it impossible for the loop the security system follows to ensure all sensors are reporting in as normal.

  • The fact that this car hasn’t been set afire at this point is a testament to the goodwill of the neighborhood around it.

    • ah

      +1. All day (or night, which I’ve had happen) and I’d very very tempted to do what was necessary to disconnect hte battery.

    • Definitely. 48 hours? I’d be in jail after, like, three and half. Mayyybe quarter to four.

  • If the car has DC plates, I believe the cops will attempt to contact the owner using registration information. Call it in to 911.
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    I once suffered with a jerk’s chronic alarm going off in my neighborhood and resorted to complaining to the Mexican embassy, since the car had diplomatic plates from Mexico. No more problems after I explained (nicely) how unneighborly the staff was being!

    • Don’t call 911, it isn’t an emergency. Just calling 311 should be able to connect you to the police non-emergency line.

      • HaileUnlikely

        No such animal here in DC. If you call 311 and ask for the police, even if you explain that it is not an emergency, they transfer you to the 911 operator. It’s dumb, but that’s how they’re set up to handle calls. If calling 911 for this purpose bothers you, you can look up the telephone number for the police precinct in your ward and call it directly.

      • There is no longer a police non-emergency line. Since 2008 (or maybe it was 2006?), 911 in D.C. has been for ALL police calls, both emergency and non-emergency.

      • I Dont Get It

        The 911/311 rules should be made part of the title bar of this website.

      • seriously. Do you live in DC? You didn’t know that 911 is both the emergency and non emergency number?

        • HaileUnlikely

          That wasn’t necessary. Most people learned long ago somewhere else that 911 is only for emergencies, and it’s not the kind of thing that a normal person would look up when moving to a new jurisdiction just in case 911 is fundamentally different here than it is everywhere else. DC’s 911 system is unlike the vast majority of others and consequently has lots of problems. When DC instituted the change to using 911 for all police calls (it has not always been that way), they had a big public relations campaign for it, but that was several years ago and if you weren’t here then you would have missed it.

  • I wish booby traps for cars and houses were actually legal. Not a bear trap, which would presumably maim/kill, but like those nets on the ground that spring up around you when you step on them. GOTCHA PACKAGE THIEF. Also gotcha mailman I guess…idea needs some work.

  • The post says Glover Park, but this sounds like Princeton Place in Park View… same problem the last two nights.

  • My partner and I came home once to three (!) similar notes on our car a few years ago. It was well into the evening so we moved the car to an empty office park lot several blocks away where it could honk without disturbing anyone (no residences nearby) and took it to the dealer first thing in the AM. Turns out the open/close sensor on the trunk and hood can rust and cause the alarm to start sounding randomly. I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life! I wish there was some way to reply to the note writers, all of whom were remarkably civil: “So so sorry!”

  • Yup. There was a car alarm going off about every half hour in my neighborhood a year or so ago, and I called 911. MPD came by and did a search of the owner using the license plate, and I saw him go into a condo building and talk to the owner. It was a big house turned into condos. After the cop left at around 445am, I left a big sign:

    “to the owner of x living in this building. Fix your goddamned car now! You are rude and you have kept awake an entire neighborhood for the second night in a row.”

    Yes, the owner must have known something was wrong as the car was parked across his house 2 nights in a row.

    The car was gone the next day, and I didn’t see it since. And when I woke up the next morning at 9am, so was the sign. I’m convinced it was my sign that prompted the owner to action.

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