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How effective are auto anti-theft alarms, really?

Asked by Blueroses (18236points) June 1st, 2011

My neighbor has an alarm feature on his car that goes off at all hours of the day and night. This thing is so sensitive that I swear it’s activated if a cat sneezes across the street.

If I looked out and saw someone standing by the car, I’d assume it was the owner again trying to shut the damned thing off and if it were a thief, all he’d have to do is give an apologetic wave and say “Sorry.”

So, if I feel this way about all the false activations I wonder if an alarm is really a deterrent to theft or does it exist solely to piss off the neighbors?

On a side note; how many 2 a.m. false alarms does it take before I’m justified in shooting out his car windows with my .22?

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