Wednesday, 9 December 2009

It's been a while since I've had a good moan...

... and today's subject is house alarms.

You can probably guess why I'm having a moan about this - yes, somebody's house alarm was going off all this morning. And the pisser is, I actually saw the person who lives in the house leave for work this morning and THEN his alarm went off. How fcukin' inconsiderate. If you're going to use one of these pointless noise makers, at least make sure your house is locked and all windows and doors closed before you set the bloody thing. This one is quite a new one, so the siren is nice and loud and set at the right tone so that it goes right through you to the point of making a tiny little pin-prick of pain right behind each eye, like someone gently sliding hot, chilli-sauce-soaked kebab skewers through your eye balls.

Come someone tell me the point of these things? OK, OK, I know they are to alert people to a possible break-in at their home, but unless they are linked to the local cop shop, are they really any sort of deterrent? I mean, if someone was breaking into this twunts house (and they weren't) they would know that they had a good few minutes to get away with stuff before anyone showed up. And, if it was one of the more common ones that aren't linked to the local rozzers, they would have even longer as most people simply ignore the alarm thinking "Oh, it's gone off for no reason again".

When I lived down in London, my next door neighbor had one, and more than once it went off at stupid times of the night - usually when they weren't in. This was a little different, as the neighbor had given myself and their other neighbor a set of keys and the alarm code, so if it did go off we could go and investigate and shut it down. However, there are a couple of problems with this. 1 - if someone was breaking in, would I really want to confront them when it's not even my house? Fcuk no. 2 - why did it have to go off at stupid times like 02:30 in the morning? If I couldn't be arsed to get out of bed and investigate, it'd just go on and on and on and make sleep impossible. Which means I'd have to get up, get dressed, get armed (see point 1, above) and then go next door to see what was what.
And you know the really annoying thing? Every time either myself or my neighbor went to investigate the problem was an open door which had moved and disturbed the sensor, or a window left open, or once the loft access door falling open and setting it off. So our sleep is disturbed in a most horrible way for absolutely nothing. The ironic thing is, they actually did have a break in once. And the alarm wasn't set. Stupid, eh?

So anyway - if I get home from work before this ball bag tonight, and his alarm has been going off all day (My Better Half will let me know) I will be having words with him.

10 comments:

Charlie Naseweis said...

Good post. Nothing wrong with having a moan if it's constructive!

I've only ever had the joy of a car alarm interrupting my beauty sleep, and that was annoying enough. People who have alarms should take responsibility for them. I know a case where someone went away on holiday and their alarm kept going off, so their neighbours smashed it to stop it going off any more!

At the end of the day though, the reason people have alarms is to protect their worldly possessions from thieving chavs, so I would strongly advocate the death penalty for burglars.

Anonymous said...

What a marvellous moan - I wish I could moan as humorously!
Looking on the bright side, at least you're not working from home today!

Our neighbours have outdoor Christmas lights that play a little jingle. Not a proper tune, just a few notes repeated over and over and over ...
They left the bloody things on last night and the bit where the noise comes out seemed to be just outside our bedroom window. One particular note has the resonance of a tuning fork. I can still hear it now, 27 miles away.

Glad you didn't leave it too long before posting again.
All the best,
SueH

Simon said...

It comes back to people being inconsiderate of others. I know I'd be mortified if I found out my house or car alarm had been going for ages and I didn't know. I'd be so embarrassed.
Sue - thank you for the kind comments, glad to know you still visit.

Miss Wills said...

Nice Moan, I completely agree people are far to inconsiderate these days.

My Bosses voice is far louder than any voice should be and that probably isnt as annoying as a house/car alarm, but I have to sit and listen to her EVERYDAY!!!

Think I may shut her mouth for her one day....

russ said...

I feel like a moan too - might just have to post a similar blog to get it off my chest....

Simon said...

Well it's been a while russ - go on, get that blog of yours updated.

russ said...

here you go...

greeny said...

It's been ages since Ive moaned....NOT!

purplegirl said...

Love the descriptor of the stabby eye pain. :)

Phil Dawson said...

i can think of something worse mate!

We rent and our home alarm does that thing whereby it calls you when your alarm goes off or the power is shutoff to the house or something - brilliant add-on........... in theory!

Confession: I haven't changed the phone number that it calls!!!!

So whenever we set it off by accident, even for 1-2 seconds or the power goes out, not only does it NOT call me, it calls the previous tenant!

*hides*

Feels good to get it off my chest though.