You just snuggled under the covers and are looking forward to some sleep when--BEEP BEEP BLAH BLAH, ERR ERR WOO WOO--a car alarm goes off. Although curses are said, we still for some reason accept that this is a way of life in the city and silently hope that whoever owns the car is nearby and will turn the noise pollution off.
I never think, oh no someone's car is being stolen. No, I don't even look out the window, I just think of my own annoyance due to the intrusion. So do car alarms even work? In a city where people don't even make eye contact, do we really expect someone to run out and save a strangers vehicle just because they hear a car alarm blaring in the distance? I think not, especially not in the city.
Plus I've seen alarms go off for stupid reasons, like when people walk too close to a Bentley and not because they were trying to steal it or even touch it. I've also seen people mistakenly hit car doors with their huge purses, causing bells to ring for no real purpose. My Honda came with an alarm system but we turned it off. My family bought the car in `91 and it has not been stolen.