Last night I was trying to get some sleep, as most reasonable people do during the hours of midnight to 7am. At around 2:30am, I woke up to the rude sound of a car alarm nearby letting everyone in the neighbourhood know that it was indeed going off. I shut my window in an attempt to cut down on the sound, and curled back up attempting to sleep. My ensuing sleep was filled with dreams involving car alarms ... I don't remember what they were, but I remember that it involved the car alarm repeatedly going off - which I'm pretty sure is what was really happening outside. I woke up again at 3:30am now totally sick of hearing this damn car alarm going off like a yappy dog wanting attention. It probably took me until 4 in the morning to finally get to sleep again - which means when I got up this morning I was tired, cranky, and just plain unhappy with having to get up. All thanks to a stupid car alarm. When it really comes down to it, how much protection do car alarms give your car? I don't think they give any extra protection. Car alarms are so often set off by their owners that all the thief has to do is look casual, roll their eyes, and continue about stealing the car. In the meantime, more noise is generated that keeps people awake at night, ruins peaceful mornings with blaring sounds, and destroys quiet candlelit evenings.
A quick google search returns several articles that talk about why car alarms are increasingly useless as people acclimatize themselves to the false alarms. So I ask: why are these alarms encouraged by insurance companies? Is there actually a difference that they make so that they can offer cheaper insurance based on a noise-maker?
Maybe there is. But that doesn't help my lack of sleep problem I'm having today.