Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Attack of the Car Alarms on Boerum Hill

Boerum Hill Cars Parked

If it's not one thing, it's another. In recent weeks, we've had a spate of stories about car window smashings and tire slashings on Boerum Hill, not to mention hookers under windows and (0ur favorite) the Boerum Hill Crapper. This morning, we find some emails about everyone's favorite urban sonic scourge--the screaming car alarm. We have this:
OK - this morning between 7 and 8 a car alarm of a blue-green Isuzu Trooper on the corner of Dean and Hoyt was going off for, like, a friggin hour. This is ridiculous. I am not a late sleeper - but who wants to hear this crap in the morning even if one is awake??? What can we do to get cars that go off like this towed?
And, we have this advice:
What to do? Go outside and write down the licence plate and make of the car. Then call 911, like I did, and give them the info. Put a note on the car telling the owner their alarm is malfunctioning. Tell the owner in a note of the time the alarm was going off and the problem that this noise has caused. (Theoretically, the police will come and deal with the problem and/or give them a ticket. However, as you know, this is not a high priority for the police.)

The car's owner at Hoyt-Dean moved the car at some point this morning (and it will probably annoy another group of neighbors tomorrow.)

The law is that all cars that have car alarms are supposed to have their contact info on file at their local police department and that local precinct's info and phone number should be posted on their dashboard.
Now, how many people have car alarm contact info on file at the local precinct and the precinct's number on their dash? Huh? Huh? In the meantime, all we can say is NaNa NaNa NaNa. Ehhhhrrr. Ehhhhrrrr. Ehhhhrrr. Woooooooo-Woooooo-Wooooooo-Wooooooo. NaNa NaNa NaNa. Etc. Etc. Etc.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't call 91 for a car alarm. That is an abuse of the EMERGENCY system. I don't think losing a few winks counts as an emergency.
I know it's trite, but Dane Cook's lyrics to car alarms is very funny.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=d3bz-oousOc

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't call 91 for a car alarm. That is an abuse of the EMERGENCY system. I don't think losing a few winks counts as an emergency.
I know it's trite, but Dane Cook's lyrics to car alarms is very funny.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=d3bz-oousOc

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I slashed car's tires once that had alarm going all night long in front of my bedroom. Along with note never to park there again.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complaints to 311 about car alarms are forwarded to 911. Technically, it's an alarm and could indicate a crime in progress.

That said, I think vandalizing a car with an over-sensitive alarm is a fine idea. Audible car alarms should be illegal, period.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eggs on the windshield and hood, and a note to never park there again. I usually include something in the note referring to the license plate and a brother-in-law in the towing business.

11:31 AM  

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