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Dear PoPville – What can I do about non-stop car alarms?

by Prince Of Petworth December 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm 23 Comments

Dear PoPville,

I’m writing in because I’m at my wit’s end and I’m hoping that your readers will be able to help. I live in Woodley Park, about 2 blocks south of the zoo on Connecticut, and for the last 3 hours, a car alarm on the street in front of my building has been going off every few seconds. It’s a blaring car alarm, that will go off for a few minutes, then stop, then go off again within seconds when another car drives by it. Ordinarily, I’d just leave my apartment, but I work from home, and I’ve got a ton of work to do today. I’m using ear plugs so I can at least concentrate enough to get my work done, but I’ve got two business calls to take today, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to crawl into the closet to keep the other people on the call from hearing it.

I’ve lived here for three years, and I’ve had this happen before, but never for this long. Unfortunately, since it’s a car on the street and not in our building’s lot, I’m pretty sure it’s not a neighbor’s car. I’ve looked on various forums, but the consensus seems to be that DC police won’t be able to do anything. Short of leaving a note on the windshield and waiting until they come back, is there anything I can do?

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