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Musical Car Alarm

Liven up anti-theft devices
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As far as I can tell (and I stand to be corrected in a swift and brutal manner), all audible car alarms have a bland electronic chirp of some description. This is painfully monotonous and tuneless. Why not replace this with a musical phrase, like the ringtones on older mobile phones. This shouldn't need much by way of extra equipment, and will give car alarm owners the chance to customise their alarm system. Posh car alarms could even offer polyphonic ringtones. The melodic strains of Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre, played at 125dB, should be much less distressing at 3am.
suctionpad, Mar 01 2004

Bird sounding car alarms http://www.npr.org/...002/july/car_alarm/
Sounds nice...listen to it here [xclamp, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       why? because you would sound like an ice-cream van...and at 3 a.m. in the morning, that might seem a little strange.
po, Mar 01 2004

       Exactly - and draw attention to the bloke stealing your wheels. Gets my bun.
Letsbuildafort, Mar 01 2004

       Here in my car   

       I feel safest of all   

       I can lock all my doors   

       It's the only way to live in cars   

       [Gary Numan]
normzone, Mar 01 2004

       My point exactly [Lets].
suctionpad, Mar 02 2004

       playing Mysterious Girl at 3 am would result in swift action with the heaviest, hardest object i can find, possibly aimed at the car rather than the bloke stealing the car
engineer1, Mar 02 2004

       The only modification I want for car alarms is their removal.
phundug, Mar 02 2004

       Finally, a chance for me to use my car-alarm homing bricks. Honestly, would YOU want to steal a car that was constantly repeating "Lucky Star" by Madonna?
Letsbuildafort, Mar 02 2004

       From one point of view, a tuneful alarm will be (ever so slightly) less painful than the standard alarms currently found.   

       From the other point of view, think how you reacted last time you heard a painful mobile phone (cellphone) ringtone - did you turn round and look?   

       What would the reaction of a would-be thief be?   

       And if you're young and bored, you can go along a line of cars and whack them until you find one with a groovy alarm...and then keep on whacking it again and again...   

       Don't think this really improves my argument, does it...
suctionpad, Mar 02 2004

       You've got a point [ Letsbuildafort ].....the " Lucky Star " car is safe from me....I'd hitchhike first.
normzone, Mar 03 2004


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