I’m sitting in my office, listening to a car alarm go off in the parking lot outside our building. I’m sure that our security group will eventually go examine it, but I hear it and don’t think, “someone may be breaking into a car out there!” I think that it is most likely been accidentally tripped by someone walking past the car, or the wind has set it off.
This holds true of cars parked at the mall, sporting events, schools, etc. I will sometimes hear car alarms go off, and see no one expressing concern, running to report the alarm, looking to see if the car is actually being broken into. Most people I know, just view them as noise pollution.
Years ago, car alarms were a premium that you took your car to a specialty store that sold high end car stereos from and had them install. Best buy got into the car alarm business big time. Eventually all automakers began installing them as standard equipment on cars. Although I believe that most of the ones that are standard now, do not include the motion sensors that they once had. But even so, when I hear a car alarm going off, I immediately assume it was accidentally set off and make no effort to check on it.
So can they really be effective any more? Thoughts?